Car rentals in Charlotte: All you need to know
A Charlotte car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Texas has to offer. We've gathered the most popular questions about renting a car in Charlotte. Keep reading to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I get a great deal on a car rental in Charlotte?
You are on your way to getting the best price on your car rental when you use us. However, you can remember a few things to keep your next rental affordable. You can:
- Read the mileage policy to prevent any surprises
- Book your rental car as far ahead of time as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Charlotte rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Charlotte?
From budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget to global names like Avis and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Charlotte?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Charlotte. If you're having a bit of trouble deciding, make sure to go over our chart below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and enjoy great views||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with better handling and gas mileage than an SUV||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Easy to park and have great miles per gallon||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Charlotte?
Typically, the age limit for car rentals in Charlotte is 21. Please note, you may find that there is an added charge if you are under 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Go over the supplier's terms to figure out what any additional fees will be before you rent your car.
Does Charlotte require rental car insurance?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for temporary insurance with the rental car company. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa and MasterCard, give some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Check the policy before you decide.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to search for an open gas station close to your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you pick up your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car at the rental dealer. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank of fuel and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the supplier to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you drop-off your car||You usually pay a higher rate for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
We advise a full to full policy. You should get your vehicle topped off. But, if you return the rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to triple the amount of current gas prices to refill it. If you want to keep your expenses lower, find a gas station before you return the car. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to see all that Charlotte and maybe even the rest of Texas offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Charlotte. Review the fine print to be sure they are truly "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Be sure you check out a few items before you leave the lot on your Charlotte adventure. It's important to:
- Walk around the car and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. If you notice any, mark it down on your paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Charlotte rental car today
When you reserve your Charlotte rental car with CarRentals.com, you can count on a perfect vehicle that will leave you with money to spare. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your impeccable Charlotte car rental. See you out here.