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Car rentals in Dayton: All you need to know

You need a great vehicle to get around Dayton whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Check out the top sites around town and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Dayton. We've gathered your most popular questions about car rentals in Dayton. Find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.

Where do I find a great deal on a car rental in Dayton?

CarRentals.com makes it easy to book budget-friendly deals. Just type in your travel dates and scroll through the list of rental car companies, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Dayton. You can also:

  • Read the mileage policy to avoid any surprise fees
  • Book your vehicle as far in advance as you can
  • Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they tend to be more expensive
  • Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental

Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Dayton rental car.

What rental suppliers have outlets in Dayton?

From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like Enterprise and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.

What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Dayton?

That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Dayton. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, make sure to read over our chart below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:

Car TypeBest forCategory Includes
LuxuryEveryone who wants to travel Dayton in styleInfiniti, Mercedes Benz, or similar
MinivanLarge groups who want to navigate Dayton togetherJeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar
HybridThose that want a quiet and comfortable ride with terrific miles per gallonBMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Dayton?

Normally, to rent a car in Dayton 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 read over the rental agreement to discover what the exact charge is before you rent your vehicle.

Is insurance required to rent a car in Dayton?

When driving in Dayton or the rest of the United States, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your vehicle. Most countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip. Additionally, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com during checkout.

The major credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will generally offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Dayton.

What is the fuel policy for Dayton rental cars?

Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.

You will need to search for an open gas station close to the drop-off location
Policy TypePolicy DescriptionAdvantagesDisadvantages
Full to FullYou'll have a full tank when you collect your vehicle. Use as much fuel as you want 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 costYou only pay for the fuel you use. 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 be charged refueling fees 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 fuelYou won't have to find for a gas station before you return your carYou usually pay a higher price for a tank upfront then going to a local station
Empty to emptyYou may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up when you bring the car backYou fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump pricesYou'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you collect the car

What type of fuel policy should I choose?

Many rental car suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out choice. 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 Dayton.

Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Dayton?

Unlimited mileage is a good choice for anyone 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.

Know before you go

Before you get going on your Dayton trip, be sure you go over a few items before you leave the rental lot. You should take time to:

  • Look over the 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
  • Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench 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 windshield wipers
  • Get comfortable operating the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city

Book your Dayton rental car today

Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Dayton has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Dayton.