Car rentals in New England: All you need to know
You need a great car to get around New England whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Explore the famous sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in New England. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in New England. Read on to see the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where can I get a great deal on a rental car in New England?
You are on your way to locating the best rate on your car rental by reserving it through CarRentals.com. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Make sure to:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which typically cost more
- Know ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have retailers in New England?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox, 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 type of rental car should I get for my trip to New England?
That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit New England. If you're having a little trouble picking the right car, be sure to read over the table below. We have compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you want to travel New England in style||Cadillac XTS, Camaro, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family vacations where you need the extra room||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy Car||For those on a strict travel budget||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in New England?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in New England is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read through the supplier's terms to find what the total is before you book your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in New England?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary coverage through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit cards (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will provide some coverage. However, there may be limitations, such as not covering large automobiles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to New England.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for an open gas station close to 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 vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you like and top it off when you return your car at the rental office. 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? Simply 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 be charged refueling fees 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 the tank empty. Some suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you drop-off your car||You might pay more for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
At CarRentals.com, we advise a full tank policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank, and you will want to return it with a full tank of gas. If you want to keep your expenses lower, find a filling station before you bring it back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit several clients all over New England. You can cruise as much as you like and not incur extra charges. Review your policy to find out if there are any restrictions.
Before you leave the lot
Before you begin on your New England vacation, check out a few things before you leave the lot. You should:
- Walk around your vehicle and be sure there is no damage or scrapes. If so, write it down on the paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to determine if the spare is properly inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your New England rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels New England has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in New England.