Car rentals in Monterey: All you need to know
A Monterey car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even see what else the rest of Massachusetts has to offer. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Monterey. Read on to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I get a bargain rental car in Monterey?
You are well on your way to locating the best deal on your car rental by reserving it through us. But, there are ways to get an even lower price on your next rental. Make sure to:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which can cost more
- Determine ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Monterey?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Monterey?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Monterey. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, be sure to read over the table below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and enjoy great views||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||For big groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Monterey?
Normally, to rent a car in Monterey you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the rental agreement to find what the exact charge is before you book your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Monterey?
Insurance is always required, no matter where you rent a vehicle. Nevertheless, you could already be insured by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, these policies might not totally cover your rental, and you'll have to add it to your booking for Monterey. Check in advance and, if it's necessary, you can easily include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Monterey rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for 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 car. Use as much petrol 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 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 pay for a full tank of gas upfront and bring the car back 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 usually pay a higher rate 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 your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many suppliers offer a variety 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. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Monterey?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Know before you go
Before you get going on your Monterey adventure, go over a few things before you leave the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Check out your car 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
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the jack and lung wrench 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). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Monterey rental car today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal rental car that can fit your needs and not deplete your travel piggy bank.