Car rentals in Johannesburg: All you need to know
A Johannesburg car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of the region has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Johannesburg. Find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where do I get a bargain rental car in Johannesburg?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best price. However, there are ways to get an even lower price on your next booking. Be sure to:
- Read through the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
- Book your rental as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they usually are pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more with a longer rental
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Johannesburg rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Johannesburg?
CarRentals.com has around 11 rental providers to choose from in Johannesburg. You'll find some of the best brands, like Sixt. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Johannesburg?
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Johannesburg. If you're having a little trouble deciding, be sure to read over the chart below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Johannesburg||Cadillac XTS, Camaro, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||If you plan on doing plenty of driving and want a comfortable ride||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Easy to park and have great miles per gallon||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Johannesburg?
Normally, the age limit for renting a car in Johannesburg is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the country. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read the rental agreement to determine what the total will be before you book your vehicle.
Does Johannesburg require rental car insurance?
Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy interim insurance with the rental car company.Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Visa, provide some coverage; but, there may be restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Check the policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Johannesburg rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find a gas station close to your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you pick up your car. You can use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't fill up 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 have to find for a gas station before you return your car||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 pick up your vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You refill your 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 fuel policy do you recommend?
We advise a full to full policy. You should receive your car with a full tank, and you should bring it back it with a full tank of gas. For a cheaper rate, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Johannesburg?
If you plan to see all that Johannesburg offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Johannesburg. Read the fine print to be certain they are actually "unlimited."
What are some must-see sights in Johannesburg?
There is lots to see and do in Johannesburg. This city has around 9 attractions that it is known for. Some of the most popular are:
- Mandela House
- Apartheid Museum
- South African National Museum of Military History
Fortunately, you'll be able to cruise to the one you want or visit them all.
Before you leave the lot
Before you begin on your Johannesburg adventure, be sure you check a few items before you leave the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Look over your vehicle 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
- 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 radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Johannesburg rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Johannesburg has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the highly-rated restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the fantastic sites in Johannesburg.