Car rentals in Columbus: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to get around Columbus whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the famous sites around town and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Columbus. We've gathered your most popular questions about renting a car in Columbus. Find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I find a great deal on a rental car in Columbus?
You're on your way to getting the best price on your car rental with CarRentals.com. However, you can try to do a couple things to keep your next rental affordable. You can:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which usually are more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and book in advance
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Columbus.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Columbus?
From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like Enterprise and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Columbus?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Columbus. If you're having a bit of trouble picking the right car, be sure to go over the chart below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you want to travel Columbus in style||Infiniti, Audi, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Families with plenty of luggage and a need for space||Dodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||When saving money is a top priority||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Columbus?
Typically, to rent a car in Columbus you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to review the rental agreement to figure out what the total will be before you rent your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Columbus?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy interim insurance with the rental car company. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large automobiles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Columbus.
What is the fuel policy for Columbus rental cars?
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 car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you pick up your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||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 fuel 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 upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. 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 more for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. 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?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you decide to do a little sightseeing or visit several business associates all over Columbus. You can drive wherever you like without incurring additional charges. Review your rental agreement to find out if there are mileage restrictions.
Know before you go
Make sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's important to:
- Walk around your car 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
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- 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 entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Columbus car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Columbus has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the highly-rated restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the terrific sites in Columbus.