Car rentals in Lake Charles: All you need to know
A Lake Charles car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Louisiana has to offer. CarRentals.com has collected the most popular questions about renting a car in Lake Charles. Find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
How can I get a great deal on a rental car in Lake Charles?
You're well on your way to locating the best price on your car rental by reserving it through us. However, you can do a few things to keep your next rental affordable. Be sure to:
- Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
- Reserve your rental car as far ahead of time as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they usually are more expensive
- 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 on your Lake Charles rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Lake Charles?
In Lake Charles, CarRentals.com has a few rental car providers to choose from, like Enterprise. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Lake Charles?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Louisiana town means you're certain to find an automobile that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and enjoy great views||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing a lot of driving and want a comfy ride||Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride with great fuel economy||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Lake Charles?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Lake Charles is 21. Please note, you may find that there is an additional fee if you're under 25 or for higher category cars in particular. Read over the supplier's terms to determine what any additional fees will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Lake Charles?
When cruising through Lake Charles or the rest of the United States, you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you rent a car. Many countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to pay for temporary coverage through the rental supplier. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
Although many major card issuers, like Visa or American Express, provide some insurance, there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a larger or luxury vehicle. Check your rental car company's 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 an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your car. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off. 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? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying 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 pay for a full tank upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several providers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay a more expensive price for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need 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 have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
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 Lake Charles?
If you plan to see all that Lake Charles and maybe even the rest of Louisiana offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Lake Charles. Read the fine print to make certain they are actually "unlimited."
Before you leave the lot
Be sure you check out a few things prior to leaving the lot. It's important to:
- Check out your car and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- 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 navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new region
Book your Lake Charles car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Lake Charles has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Lake Charles.