Car rentals in Houston: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to get around Houston whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the top sites around town and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Houston. We've gathered your most popular questions about car rentals in Houston. Keep reading to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I find a bargain car rental in Houston?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to book budget-friendly deals. Simply enter your travel dates and scroll down the variety of car rental suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the best offers in Houston. You should also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which usually cost more
- Determine ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Houston?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like Hertz and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Houston?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Alaska metropolis means you're certain to find a car that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you deserve the best||Infiniti, Audi, or similar|
|Minivan||Family trips where you need additional room||Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Houston?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Houston is 21. Please note, there might be an added charge if you are under the age of 25 or for higher category rentals. Go over the terms to figure out what any additional fees is before you book your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Houston?
When cruising through Houston or the rest of the U.S. of A., you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your automobile. Many countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage through the rental agency. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
The major credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will usually offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering large vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Houston.
What is the fuel policy for Houston rental cars?
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 rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off 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 refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter 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 be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Ask the supplier to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay more for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy should I get?
Most suppliers give you a full to full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we suggest bringing it back topped off. To avoid any added expenses, fill up your tank before bringing the rental car. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for those 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.
Before you drive off
Be sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the lot. You should take time to:
- Walk around your vehicle and be sure there is no damage or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on your paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your 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 navigating a new area
Book your Houston rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Houston has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Houston.