Car rentals in Madison: All you need to know
A Madison car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even see what the rest of Wisconsin has to offer. 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 do I get a bargain car rental in Madison?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to get the cheapest deals. Just type in your travel dates and go down the list of car rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Madison has to offer. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which can cost more
- Know ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Madison rental car.
What rental companies have outlets in Madison?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like National and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
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 Wisconsin city means you're bound to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Madison||Cadillac XTS, Camaro, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Families with a lot of luggage and a need for space||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Madison?
Generally, to rent a car in Madison you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read the terms to figure out any additional fees will be before you reserve your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Madison?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy interim insurance through the rental car company. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many major card issuers, like Visa and MasterCard, give some coverage; however, there may be restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a larger or luxury vehicle. Make sure to check car rental supplier's policy before you decide.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to find a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your vehicle. Use as much petrol as you need and top it off when you return your car when you are done. 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, you'll only have to 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 refueling charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll get the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't have to find for a gas station before you return your car||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas before you drop it back off||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?
Most rental car suppliers give you a full tank policy. We encourage bringing it back filled up. To avoid any added expenses, find a gas station before returning the rental car.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Madison?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you plan to do a little sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over Madison. You can cruise wherever you like and not incur extra charges. Read over your policy to see if there are any restrictions.
Before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the car rental lot on your Madison adventure. It's worth the time to:
- Check out the car and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. If so, write it down on the paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and both the lug wrench and jack 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 radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Madison rental car today
When you book with CarRentals.com, you can depend on a great car that will leave you with cash to spare. Cash in on cheap deals on your ideal Madison car rental when you book with CarRentals.com. See you out here.