Car rentals in Ocean City: All you need to know
An Ocean City car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Maryland has to offer. We've collected your most popular questions about car rentals in Ocean City. Keep reading to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I get a great deal on a rental car in Ocean City?
You are on your way to locating the best price on your car rental when you use CarRentals.com. However, you can do a couple things to keep your next rental affordable. You can:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which usually cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much fuel/mileage 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 big on your Ocean City rental car.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Ocean City?
From global names like Advantage and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Ocean City?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Ocean City. If you're having trouble deciding, make sure to look over the chart below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Perfect for families or groups who want comfort and have safety as a top priority||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, or similar|
|Full Size||Planning a big trip with a large group of friends or family members||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Compact Car||Great for driving in busy cities||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Ocean City?
Typically, to rent a car in Ocean City 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 review the rental agreement to find any additional fees is before you book your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Ocean City?
Insurance is required, wherever you're renting a car. Nevertheless, 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 100% coverage, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it is needed, you can simply include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to find 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 automobile. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. 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, 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 be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank of fuel and return the car with an empty tank. Check with the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Most rental car suppliers give you a full to full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we suggest returning the car topped off. To avoid any added expenses, find a gas station before returning the car rental. 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 Ocean City?
If you plan to see all that Ocean City and maybe even the rest of Maryland offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Ocean City. Review the fine print to make certain they are actually "unlimited."
What are some things to do in Ocean City?
There is tons to see and do in this city. Some of Ocean City's most popular attractions are:
- Ocean City Golf Club
- Assateague Island National Park
- Trimper's Rides and Amusements
- Ocean City Miniature Golf
Fortunately, you'll be able to drive to whichever one you want or visit them all.
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot on your Ocean City adventure. You should:
- Walk around the vehicle and be sure there is no 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 inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new region
Book your Ocean City rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Ocean City has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the highly-rated restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the terrific sites in Ocean City.