Car rentals in East Saint Louis: All you need to know
An East Saint Louis car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Illinois has to offer. We've collected the most popular questions about renting a car in East Saint Louis. Keep reading to find out the dos and don'ts of renting a car.
How do I get a bargain rental car in East Saint Louis?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to book budget-friendly rates. Just type in your travel dates and go down the variety of car rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in East Saint Louis. You can also:
- Compare the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Check the mileage and fuel policies. You don't want to be surprised with any additional costs
- Determine the vehicle you'll need for your drive. Don't get more car than you need
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have retailers in East Saint Louis?
From global names like Enterprise and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to East Saint Louis?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit East Saint Louis. If you're having difficulty choosing, be sure to read over our table below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you need the best||Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, or similar|
|Minivan||Sizable groups that need room for all their suitcases||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money is a top priority||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in East Saint Louis?
Typically, the age limit for car rentals in East Saint Louis is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read the supplier's terms to discover what the total is before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in East Saint Louis?
When cruising through East Saint Louis or the rest of the United States, you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your car. Many countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you think your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the United States. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.
Although many of the major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, offer some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you book a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for East Saint Louis rental cars?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for an open gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you collect your vehicle. Use as much petrol as you want and top it off when you return your car at the rental dealer. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't fill up 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. Some suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't have to search for a gas station before you drop-off your car||You might pay a higher rate 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 collect the vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
At CarRentals.com, we recommend a full to full policy. You receive the car with a full tank, and you will want to return it with a full tank of gas. For a cheaper rate, it is best to find a gas station before you bring it back. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your East Saint Louis trip, be sure you check out a few items before you leave the lot. It's important to:
- Check out the vehicle and make sure there is no damage or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on your paperwork
- Inspect 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, and note 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 East Saint Louis 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 car rental that can align with your needs and not break your wallet.