Car rentals in Cologne: All you need to know
A Cologne car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of New Jersey has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Cologne. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where can I get a bargain car rental in Cologne?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to snag the cheapest rates. Simply enter your travel dates and scroll down the variety of car rental companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the best offers in Cologne. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which typically are more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Cologne rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Cologne?
From global names like Ace and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Cologne?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Cologne. If you're having a bit of trouble choosing, be sure to read over our chart below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Groups or Families looking for adventure in the New Jersey back-country||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with the handling of a sedan||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Compact Car||For those looking to save the most on their trip||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Cologne?
Usually, to rent a car in Cologne you must be at least 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 over the rental agreement to determine any additional fees will be before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Cologne?
Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to pay for temporary coverage through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a U.S. 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. Check the policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Cologne rental cars?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find an open gas station close to the drop-off location
|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 like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. 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 shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service fees 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 provider 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 bring back the car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect your vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out winner. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to explore all that Cologne and maybe even the rest of New Jersey offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Review the fine print to be certain your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Cologne trip, go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Check out the car and make sure there is no dents or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on your paperwork
- Check 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 windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Cologne car rental today
Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. No matter the situation, CarRentals.com has a car rental that can align with your needs and not break your wallet.