Car rentals in Modesto: All you need to know
A Modesto 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 Illinois has to offer. CarRentals.com has collected your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Modesto. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How can I get a bargain rental car in Modesto?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to snag budget-friendly rates. Simply enter your travel dates and scroll through the list of rental suppliers, select the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Modesto. You should also:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which usually are more expensive
- 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 Modesto rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Modesto?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Ace and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Modesto?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Modesto. If you're having difficulty deciding, make sure to read over the chart below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Groups or Families looking for adventure in the Illinois back-country||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||For big groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Economy Car||Easy to park and have great gas mileage||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Modesto?
Generally, to rent a car in Modesto you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to go over the rental agreement to find what the total will be before you book your vehicle.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Modesto?
Insurance is always required, wherever you're renting a car. That said, you could already be insured by your credit card or car policies. Keep in mind, these policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Check in advance and, if it's necessary, you can simply add 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 have to search for an open gas station close to 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 wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you 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 fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of gas and return the car with the tank empty. Some rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you bring back the car||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||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?
Most rental car companies provide you a full tank policy. We advise bringing the car back filled up. If you want to save some money, it is best to find a filling station before bringing the rental car. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Modesto?
If you wish to see all that Modesto and maybe even the rest of Illinois offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Modesto. Read the fine print to make sure your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you get started on your Modesto trip, be sure you go over a few things before you leave the car rental lot. It's important to:
- Check out the car and make certain there is no damage 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
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Modesto rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Modesto has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Modesto.