Car rentals in Cleveland: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to get around Cleveland whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the top sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Cleveland. CarRentals.com has gathered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Cleveland. Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of renting a car.
Where do I get a great deal on a car rental in Cleveland?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to snag budget-friendly rates. Simply enter your travel dates and scroll down the list of rental car suppliers, pick the top rental locations, and find the best offers in Cleveland. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which can cost more
- Determine ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Cleveland?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Hertz and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Cleveland?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this West Virginia town means you're certain to find an automobile that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little adventure off the beaten path||Ford Edge, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||For trips where everyone needs room their luggage||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Cleveland?
Generally, to rent a car in Cleveland you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to figure out any additional fees is before you book your car.
Does Cleveland require rental car insurance?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage with the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, offer some insurance on your rental; but, there may be restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Check the policy before you decide.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you get your car. You can use as much fuel as you like and top it off when you return your car when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service fees if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Some providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||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 collect your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas before you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy should I get?
Most suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We recommend bringing the car back topped off. To avoid any added expenses, fill up your tank before you bring the car back. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Cleveland?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for anyone who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the fine print before you book.
Know before you go
Be sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the lot on your Cleveland adventure. You should take time to:
- Check out 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 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). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Cleveland 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 vehicle that can fit your needs and not deplete your travel fund.