Car rentals in Normal: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to get around Normal whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Normal. We've collected your most popular questions about renting a car in Normal. Keep reading to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where can I get a great deal on a rental car in Normal?
You are on your way to getting the best price on your car rental when you use us. But, to get the most savings on your trip to Normal you can do a few things. You can:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which can be more expensive
- Know ahead of time how much 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 companies have retailers in Normal?
From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like Advantage and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Normal?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Normal. If you're having difficulty deciding, make sure to go over our table below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||If you really want to go all out on your visit to Normal||Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|SUV||If you plan on doing plenty of exploring and want a comfy ride||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Economy Car||When saving money is a top priority||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Normal?
Normally, the age limit for renting a car in Normal is 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 through the terms to discover what the exact price is before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Normal?
Most countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through rental car company, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will cover your car rental. However, there may be limitations, such as not covering large automobiles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Normal.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find an open gas station close to your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you collect your vehicle. Use as much petrol as you wish and top it off when you return your car. 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. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't have to search for a gas station before you return your car||You usually pay a more expensive rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won'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 need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
At CarRentals.com, we advise a full to full policy. You pick up your rental with a full tank, and you will want to return it topped off. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to fill up your tank before you return the car. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for travelers who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you drive off
Make sure you go over a few items before you leave the lot on your Normal adventure. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect your vehicle and be sure there is no dents or scratches. If so, mark it down on the paperwork
- 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 Normal rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Normal has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the highly-rated restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the terrific sites in Normal.