Car rentals in Columbus: All you need to know
A Columbus car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of New Mexico has to offer. CarRentals.com has collected your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Columbus. Read on to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I find a bargain rental car in Columbus?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to grab budget-friendly deals. Just enter your travel dates and go through the list of rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Columbus has to offer. You should also:
- Compare daily and weekly rates from all the different suppliers
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually get the vehicle of your choice and save more
- Check the mileage and fuel policies. You don't want to be surprised with additional costs
- Don't get more car than you'll need. Usually, the smaller the car, the lower the rate
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have outlets in Columbus?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Enterprise and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Columbus?
That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Columbus. If you're having difficulty choosing, be sure to read over the table below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little adventure off the beaten path||BMW X3, Ford Edge, or similar|
|Full Size||For trips where everyone needs room their suitcases||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Economy Car||Great for navigating and parking around big cities||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Columbus?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Columbus is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to go over the rental agreement to figure out what the exact rate will be before you book your car.
Does Columbus require rental car insurance?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy temporary coverage through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering larger automobiles like premium models or some SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Columbus.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to search for 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 like and top it off when you return your car at the end. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want 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 when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the rental car provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't have to find for a gas station before you bring back the car||You usually pay a higher rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You fill the 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?
We advise a full tank policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank, and you should return it with a full tank of gas. For a cheaper rate, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Columbus?
If you wish to see all that Columbus and maybe even the rest of New Mexico offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Columbus. Go over the fine print to be certain they are truly "unlimited."
Know before you go
Before you begin on your Columbus vacation, check a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's important to:
- Check out your car and determine if there is any dents or scratches. If you notice any, mark it down on your paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the radio or entertainment features. 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 cruising between the highly-rated restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Columbus.