Car rentals in Elgin: All you need to know
You need a great car to take you around Elgin whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Explore the top sites around town and park in front of the popular restaurants in Elgin. CarRentals.com has gathered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Elgin. Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
How can I find a great deal on a rental car in Elgin?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best rate. But, you can remember a couple things to keep your upcoming rental affordable. You can:
- Read the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise expenses
- Book your rental car as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they generally are pricier
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Elgin rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Elgin?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt 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 is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Elgin?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Elgin. If you're having a bit of trouble choosing, be sure to read over our chart below. We have compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||If you really want to treat yourself on your visit to Elgin||Infiniti Q50, Mercedes Benz CLA, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Family trips where you need additional room||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Elgin?
Usually, the age limit for renting a car in Elgin is 21—the same as it is across most of the country. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read over the rental agreement to figure out what the exact rate will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Elgin?
Insurance is mandatory, no matter where you're renting a car. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, those policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Elgin. Check in advance and, if it is necessary, you can easily add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your car. You can use as much fuel as you wish and top it off when you return your car at the end of your rental period. 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. Used a quarter of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you bring back the car||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually recommend that you opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to check out all that Elgin offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Elgin. Go over the fine print to make certain they are actually "unlimited."
Before you leave the lot
Be sure you check out a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should:
- Look over your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- 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
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Elgin rental car today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. No matter who you are traveling with, CarRentals.com has a car that can fit your needs and not deplete your travel fund.