Car rentals in Madison: All you need to know
You want a great car to take you around Madison whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Explore the famous sites around town and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Madison. We've collected your most popular questions about renting a car in Madison. 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 Madison?
We always strive to get you the best price. However, to increase your savings on your trip to Madison you can do a few things. Be sure to:
- Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise fees
- Book your rental car as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have retailers in Madison?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Avis and Sixt, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Madison?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Maryland city means you're certain to find a car that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little off-road adventure||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, or similar|
|Full Size||For trips where everyone needs room their suitcases||Infiniti Q50, Hyundai Sonata, or similar|
|Compact Car||For those on a tight travel budget||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Madison?
Typically, to rent a car in Madison you must be at least 21. Please note, there might be an additional fee if you are under 25 or for larger or higher category cars. Read through the terms to figure out what any additional charges is before you reserve your rental.
Does Madison require rental car insurance?
Insurance is required, no matter where you're renting a car. However, you might already be insured by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, your policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Check in advance and, if it's necessary, you can easily include it at checkout.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. 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||You'll have a full tank when you get your vehicle. Use as much gas as you need and top it off when you return your car. 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 quarter of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill 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. Some providers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay a higher price for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You won't 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 refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Most rental car companies give you a full to full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we encourage returning your car filled up. If you want to save some money, it is best to fill up your tank before bringing the rental.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Madison?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for those who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the fine print before you book.
Before you leave the lot
Make sure you go over a few things before you leave the rental lot. You should:
- Check out the vehicle and make certain there is no damage or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on the paperwork
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note 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 unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Madison 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. CarRentals.com has the ideal car that can fit your requirements and not deplete your travel fund.