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 explore all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Virginia has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered the most popular questions about renting a car in Charlottesville. Keep reading to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I find a bargain car rental in Charlottesville?
We always try to get you the best rate. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Be sure to:
- Compare and contrast all the deals available
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Check the mileage and fuel 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 big on your Charlottesville rental car.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Charlottesville?
From budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty to global names like Advantage and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to help you figure out which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Charlottesville?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Charlottesville. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, be sure to read over the table below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you deserve the best||Cadillac XTS, Camaro, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Families with plenty of bags and a need for space||Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Couple or two friends heading to the beach and back||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Charlottesville?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Charlottesville is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an added fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the terms to figure out what the exact charge will be before you book your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Charlottesville?
When cruising through Charlottesville or the rest of the U.S. of A., you will need insurance. Many suppliers require that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.
Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, provide some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you get a larger or luxury vehicle. Make sure to check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Charlottesville rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your car. You can use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. 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 be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the supplier to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas 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 when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We usually suggest that customers choose the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good option if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over Charlottesville. You can drive as much as you like and not incur extra charges. Read over your rental agreement to find out if there are mileage limitations.
What is Charlottesville famous for?
There is tons to see and do in Charlottesville. This city has around 11 attractions that it is known for. Some of the most popular are:
- University of Virginia
- Blenheim Vineyards
Luckily, you can cruise to whichever one you want or visit them all.
Know before you go
Before you begin on your Charlottesville vacation, check out a few things before you leave the rental lot. You should:
- Check out the car and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. If you notice any, mark it down on the paperwork
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is 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 working the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Charlottesville rental car today
Maybe you're traveling solo, maybe you're bringing your partner or kids, or maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. CarRentals.com has the ideal rental car that can fit your requirements and not break the bank.