Car rentals in Charlottesville: All you need to know
A Charlottesville car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Indiana has to offer. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Charlottesville. Keep reading to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I get a great deal on a car rental in Charlottesville?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to grab the cheapest rates. Just type in your travel dates and scroll through the list of car rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Charlottesville. You should also:
- Compare and contrast weekly and daily rates from all the different suppliers
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Check the fuel and mileage policies. You don't want to be surprised with any added costs
- Decide the vehicle you'll need for your drive. Don't rent more car than you need
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Charlottesville rental car.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Charlottesville?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like Enterprise and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Charlottesville?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Indiana town means you're certain to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||Everyone who wants to travel Charlottesville in style||Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family trips where you need the extra room||Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Compact Car||For those looking to save the most on their trip||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Charlottesville?
Generally, to rent a car in Charlottesville you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the rental agreement to figure out what the total is before you book your car.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Charlottesville?
When driving in Charlottesville or the rest of the United States, you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
The major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will generally offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering larger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Charlottesville.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to search for a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you collect your car. Use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car when you are done. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||You usually pay a higher price for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
At CarRentals.com, we suggest a full tank policy. You receive the vehicle with the needle at "F". If you return your rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium to top it back off. For a cheaper rate, it is best to fill up your tank before you bring the car back. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good choice if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit several clients all over Charlottesville. You can cruise as much as you like without incurring added charges. Be sure to read your rental agreement to discover if there are mileage limitations.
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you check out a few things before you leave the rental lot on your Charlottesville adventure. You should:
- Look over the vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to determine if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Charlottesville car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. No matter who you are traveling with, CarRentals.com has a vehicle that can align with your needs and not break the bank.