Car rentals in Madison: All you need to know
A Madison 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 see what the rest of Maine has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Madison. Keep reading to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I find a great deal on a rental car in Madison?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to get budget-friendly rates. Just type in your travel dates and scroll down the list of rental car companies, select the top rental locations, and find the best packages Madison has to offer. You should also:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which can cost more
- Know ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book in advance
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Madison rental car.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Madison?
From global names like Advantage and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Madison?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Maine city means you're bound to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you want to travel Madison in style||Infiniti, Mercedes Benz, or similar|
|SUV||Families with a lot of luggage and a need for space||Dodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money and good gas mileage are your top priorities||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Madison?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Madison is 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 read the supplier's terms to figure out any additional fees will be before you book your car.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Madison?
Insurance is always required, wherever you rent a vehicle. However, you could already be covered by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Madison. Check in advance and, if it's needed, you can simply include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you pick up your vehicle. Use as much petrol as you like 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 service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with the tank empty. Many rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||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 will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need 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 get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out choice. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Madison.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you decide to do a bit of sightseeing or visit a lot of business associates all over Madison. You can drive wherever you like and not incur added charges. Review your rental agreement to see if there are any restrictions.
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few things prior to leaving the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect your car and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to determine if the spare is properly 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
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Madison car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Madison has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the well-known restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Madison.