Car rentals in Chattanooga: All you need to know
A Chattanooga car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Tennessee has to offer. We've answered your most popular questions about renting a car in Chattanooga. Read on to find out the dos and don'ts of renting a car.
Where can I find a great deal on a rental car in Chattanooga?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to get budget-friendly rates. Simply type in your travel dates and go down the list of car rental companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the best offers in Chattanooga. You can also:
- Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprise expenses
- Reserve your rental as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Chattanooga?
There are around a half-dozen car rental suppliers to pick from in Chattanooga. You'll find some of the best companies, like Enterprise. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Chattanooga?
That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Chattanooga. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, be sure to read over the chart below. We have compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you deserve the best||Infiniti Q50, Mercedes Benz CLA, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Families with a lot of bags and a need for space||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy Car||Couple or two friends who plan on doing a little sightseeing||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Chattanooga?
Typically, to rent a car in Chattanooga you must be at least 21. Please note, you may find that there is an additional charge if you're under 25 or for higher category vehicles. Go through the supplier's terms to find what any additional fees will be before you rent your vehicle.
Does Chattanooga require rental car insurance?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy interim coverage with the rental car company. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will offer coverage. But there may be limitations, such as not covering large vehicles such as premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Chattanooga.
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 find an open gas station near your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your car. Use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. 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. Used a quarter of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Ask the rental car provider 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 return your car||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when 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 do any serious driving|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Chattanooga.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for those who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
What is Chattanooga famous for?
You'll be glad you have a vehicle so you can explore all that Chattanooga offers. Make sure to check out Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park and Bluff View Art District.
Before you leave the lot
Before you get going on your Chattanooga trip, be sure you check out a few items before you leave the lot. You should:
- Walk around the vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench 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
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Chattanooga car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Chattanooga has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the great restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the fantastic sites in Chattanooga.