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 Pennsylvania has to offer. We've collected your most popular questions about car rentals in Houston. Keep reading to find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where do I get a great deal on a car rental in Houston?
We always strive to get you the best price. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Be sure to:
- Compare weekly and daily 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 any additional costs
- Don't get more vehicle than you need. Usually, the smaller the class the lower the rate
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Houston?
From global names like Avis 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 help you figure out which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Houston?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Houston. If you're having difficulty deciding, make sure to go over our chart below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Great for families or groups who need a comfortable ride and to fit in all their luggage||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||For big groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||For those on a strict travel budget||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Houston?
Normally, to rent a car in Houston you must be at least 21. But, you may find that there is an additional charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Read over the terms to discover what the exact charge will be before you book your car.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Houston?
Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through rental car company, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will cover your car rental. But there may be limitations, like not covering larger automobiles such as premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Houston.
What is the fuel policy for Houston rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find an open gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you pick up your automobile. Use as much petrol as you like and top it off when you return your car at the end. 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. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of gas upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas 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 locate a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Most suppliers provide you a full tank policy. We advise returning the car with a full tank. For a cheaper rate, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Houston?
Unlimited miles is a good choice if you decide to do a little sightseeing or visit a lot of customers all over Houston. You can cruise wherever you want and not incur added charges. Be sure to read your policy to discover if there are any restrictions.
Before you drive off
Before you get started on your Houston adventure, make sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect the vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. If you notice any, write it down on the 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 radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Houston car rental 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. CarRentals.com has the ideal vehicle that can align with your requirements and not deplete your travel piggy bank.