Car rentals in Nanaimo: All you need to know
A Nanaimo 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 British Columbia has to offer. CarRentals.com has collected the most popular questions about car rentals in Nanaimo. Read on to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I find a great deal on a car rental in Nanaimo?
You are on your way to getting the best rate on your car rental with us. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming booking. Make sure to:
- Read the mileage policy to prevent any surprises
- Book your rental car as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Nanaimo rental car.
What rental companies have outlets in Nanaimo?
CarRentals.com has around a half-dozen rental car companies to decide from in Nanaimo. You'll find some of the best brands, like Ace. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Nanaimo?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Nanaimo. If you're having difficulty choosing, be sure to read over our table below. We have compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and sightseeing||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||Families with suitcases and a need for space||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||For those on a strict travel budget||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Nanaimo?
Typically, the age limit for car rentals in Nanaimo is 21—the same as it is across most of the country. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the supplier's terms to determine any additional fees will be before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Nanaimo?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you rent a vehicle. However, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay for the rental in full using your credit card, the card's policy may also insure you. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide total coverage, and you'll need to add it to your booking for Nanaimo. Check in advance and, if it's needed, you can simply add it at checkout.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find an open 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 collect your car. Use as much petrol as you like and top it off when you return your car at the rental dealer. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service fees if you don't fill up 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. Many rental car companies offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas 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 the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually recommend that you choose the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Nanaimo?
If you plan to see all that Nanaimo offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Read the fine print to be sure your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Nanaimo adventure, check out a few things before you leave the rental lot. You should:
- Walk around your vehicle and determine if there is any dents 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 both the lug wrench and jack 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 wipers
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Nanaimo rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Nanaimo has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Nanaimo.