Car rentals in Houston: All you need to know
A Houston 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 else the rest of Missouri has to offer. We've collected the most popular questions about car rentals in Houston. Keep reading to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I find a great deal on a car rental in Houston?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to get budget-friendly deals. Simply type in your travel dates and go down the variety of car rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Houston. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which usually are more expensive
- Determine ahead of time how much fuel/mileage 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 big on your Houston rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Houston?
From global names like Advantage and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Houston?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Missouri town means you're certain to find an automobile that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little off-road excitement||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||Groups with bags and a need for space||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Houston?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Houston is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. 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 total is before you reserve your rental.
Does Houston require rental car insurance?
Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through rental car supplier for your trip, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, give some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a larger or luxury vehicle. Check the policy before you decide.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply 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 refueling charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a gas 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 collect the vehicle, and you don't have 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 do any serious driving|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We usually advise that you choose the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Houston?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice 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. Check the details on mileage limits before you book.
Know before you go
Be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Inspect the vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. If you notice any, write it down on your paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Houston car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Houston has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the highly-rated restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Houston.