Car rentals in Elba: All you need to know
An Elba car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of Alabama has to offer. We've gathered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Elba. Read on to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I get a great deal on a rental car in Elba?
You are on your way to locating the best price on your car rental when you use us. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming booking. You can:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which typically cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Elba rental car.
What rental companies have retailers in Elba?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like National and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan 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 Elba?
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Elba. If you're having difficulty deciding, make sure to read over the chart below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you want to travel Elba in style||Infiniti Q50, Mercedes Benz CLA, or similar|
|SUV||If you plan on doing a lot of exploring and want a comfy ride||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Compact Car||Great for maneuvering through big cities||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Elba?
Usually, to rent a car in Elba you must be at least 21. Please note, there might be an added charge if you are under the age of 25 or for higher category vehicles in particular. Read through the supplier's terms to figure out what any additional fees will be before you rent your vehicle.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Elba?
When driving around Elba or the rest of the United States, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you know your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the United States. Additionally, as a United States citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com during checkout.
Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, provide some coverage, but there are usually restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you book a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your automobile. Use as much petrol as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||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 fuel you didn't use. 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 of gas upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the supplier to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you drop-off your car||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 don't need to refill the gas before you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump 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 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 Elba.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to check out all that Elba and maybe even the rest of Alabama offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Elba. Review the fine print to make certain they are truly "unlimited."
Before you leave the lot
Before you get started on your Elba vacation, be sure you check out a few things prior to leaving the lot. You should take time to:
- Inspect your car and determine if there is any damage or scratches. 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Elba 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 vehicle that can suit your needs and not break the bank.