Car rentals in Houston: All you need to know
A Houston car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Minnesota has to offer. We've gathered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Houston. Read on to see the dos and don'ts of renting a car.
How can I get a great deal on a rental car in Houston?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to book budget-friendly rates. Just type in your travel dates and go down the list of car rental suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Houston. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which usually cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Houston?
From global names like Hertz and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Houston?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Houston. If you're having trouble picking the right car, be sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you really want to treat yourself on your vacation to Houston||Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|SUV||Family getaways where you need additional room||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride with great fuel economy||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Houston?
Normally, the age limit for renting a car in Houston is 21. However, there might be an added fee if you're under 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Read through the supplier's terms to find what the exact price is before you rent your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Houston?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you're renting a car. However, 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, these policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Houston. Check in advance and, if it's necessary, you can simply add it at checkout.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your vehicle. Use as much gas as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental dealer. 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 half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any fuel you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service fees 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. Check with the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||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 get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
Most suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We encourage bringing it back filled up. If you want to keep your expenses lower, fill up your tank before you bring your car back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Houston?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you plan to do a bit of sightseeing or visit several clients all over Houston. You can cruise wherever you want without incurring extra charges. Review your policy to see if there are any limitations.
Know before you go
Before you begin on your Houston adventure, go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Check out the car and be certain there is no dents or scrapes. 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
- 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 navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Houston rental car today
Know that you can count on a grand vehicle that will result in more extra cash to spare when you book with CarRentals.com. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your impeccable Houston car rental. We'll see you out here.