Car rentals in Mackinac Island: All you need to know
A Mackinac Island car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Michigan has to offer. We've gathered your most popular questions about renting a car in Mackinac Island. Find out the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
Where do I get a great deal on a car rental in Mackinac Island?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to snag the best rates. Just enter your travel dates and scroll down the variety of rental car companies, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Mackinac Island has to offer. You should also:
- Read through the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
- Book your car rental as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Mackinac Island?
From global names like Hertz and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Mackinac Island?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Michigan metropolis means you're bound to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you really want to go all out on your getaway to Mackinac Island||Infiniti Q50, Chrysler 300, or similar|
|Minivan||Large groups who want to navigate Mackinac Island together||Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money is a top priority||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Mackinac Island?
Normally, to rent a car in Mackinac Island you must be at least 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 go through the terms to determine what the total will be before you book your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Mackinac Island?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase interim insurance with the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Although many of the major card issuers, like Visa or Discover, give some insurance, there may be restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Mackinac Island rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to search for 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 collect your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several suppliers 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 might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at 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 can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. .
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Mackinac Island?
If you want to check out all that Mackinac Island and maybe even the rest of Michigan offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Mackinac Island. Go over the fine print to make sure they are actually "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few items before you leave the lot on your Mackinac Island adventure. You should take time to:
- Look over your vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scratches. 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
- 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
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Mackinac Island rental car today
You know you can depend on a wonderful set of wheels that will result in more extra cash in the bank when you book with CarRentals.com. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Mackinac Island rental car. We'll see you out here.