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Car rentals in Great Lakes: All you need to know

You want a great vehicle to get around Great Lakes whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around the region and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Great Lakes. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Great Lakes. Read on to find out the dos and don'ts of renting a car.

How can I find a great deal on a car rental in Great Lakes?

CarRentals.com makes it easy to get budget-friendly rates. Simply type in your travel dates and scroll down the variety of car rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Great Lakes. You can also:

  • Compare and contrast daily and weekly rates from all the different suppliers
  • Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually save more and get the car of your choice
  • Check the fuel and mileage policies. You don't want to be surprised with additional costs
  • Decide the vehicle you'll need for your vacation. Don't get more car than you need

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

What rental suppliers have outlets in Great Lakes?

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

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

That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Great Lakes. If you're having trouble picking the right car, make sure to go over the table below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:

Car TypeBest forCategory Includes
LuxuryBusiness travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Great LakesMercedes C-Class, Audi A4, or similar
SUVLarge groups who want to navigate Great Lakes togetherDodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, or similar
Economy CarEasy to park and have great gas mileageChevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar

What age do you have to be to rent a car in Great Lakes?

Usually, the age limit for car rentals in Great Lakes 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 rental agreement to figure out any additional charges is before you reserve your rental.

Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Great Lakes?

When cruising through Great Lakes or the rest of the U.S. of A., you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance through the rental agency. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Many major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, offer some insurance on your rental, but there are usually restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you book a larger or luxury vehicle. Be sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.

What is the fuel policy for Great Lakes rental cars?

Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.

You will have to find a gas station near the drop-off location
Policy TypePolicy DescriptionAdvantagesDisadvantages
Full to FullYou'll have a full tank when you collect your vehicle. Use as much gas as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental dealer. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra feesYou only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any you didn't use. 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 of gas when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuelThere will be no need to go searching 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 won't have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don'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 have to fill up before you go on a long trip

What fuel policy do you recommend?

Most rental car companies provide you a full tank policy. We encourage bringing it back filled up. If you want to save some money, fill up your tank before bringing the rental car.

Is it worth getting unlimited miles?

Unlimited mileage is a good option for anyone who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the fine print before you book.

Tips before you leave the lot

Before you begin on your Great Lakes trip, go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. It's important to:

  • Inspect the vehicle and be certain there is no damage or scratches. If so, write it down on your paperwork
  • Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench 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
  • Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area

Book your Great Lakes rental car today

Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Great Lakes has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the well-known restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Great Lakes.