Car rentals in Kobe: All you need to know
You want a great car to get around Kobe whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. See the top sites around the region and park in front of the best restaurants in Kobe. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Kobe. Keep reading to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where can I get a bargain rental car in Kobe?
You are on your way to finding the best deal on your car rental by booking through us. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. You can:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which usually are more expensive
- Know ahead of time how much fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve 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 Kobe?
From global names like Avis and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Kobe?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this city means you're certain to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for adventure in the back-country||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||For trips where everyone needs room their bags||Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Kobe?
Normally, to rent a car in Kobe you must be at least 21. However, there might be an added charge if you are under the age of 25 or for higher category rentals in particular. Go through the supplier's terms to find what any additional charges is before you rent your vehicle.
Does Kobe require rental car insurance?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you're renting a car. With that said, you might already be covered by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Kobe. Check in advance and, if it is necessary, you can easily include it at checkout.
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 find an open gas station close to 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 vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off 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, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any 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'll pay for a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a gas 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 will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We usually suggest that customers opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Kobe?
If you want to see all that Kobe offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Go over the fine print to be certain your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot on your Kobe adventure. You should:
- Look over your car and make certain there is no damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Kobe rental car today
Maybe you're traveling solo, maybe you're bringing your partner or kids, or maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. No matter who you are traveling with, CarRentals.com has a car rental that can suit your needs and not break the bank.