Car rentals in Ottawa: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to take you around Ottawa whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. See the top sites around town and park in front of the popular restaurants in Ottawa. We've collected the most popular questions about car rentals in Ottawa. Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
How can I find a great deal on a car rental in Ottawa?
CarRentals.com always strives to get you the best price. But, to get the most savings on your trip to Ottawa you can do a few things. You can:
- Read through the mileage policy to avoid any surprise fees
- Reserve your rental as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Ottawa.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Ottawa?
From global names like Enterprise and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Ottawa?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Illinois city means you're certain to find an automobile that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Ottawa||Infiniti Q50, Mercedes Benz CLA, or similar|
|Minivan||If you plan on doing plenty of sightseeing and want a comfortable ride||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Ottawa?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Ottawa 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 the terms to find what the total is before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Ottawa?
When driving in Ottawa or the rest of the United States, you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. The majority of countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.
Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, give some coverage, but there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a larger or luxury vehicle. Make sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to search for a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full 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 end of your rental period. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||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 won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with the tank empty. Some providers provide 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||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 collect the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually advise that you choose the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you want to explore all that Ottawa and maybe even the rest of Illinois offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Read the fine print to make sure they are truly "unlimited."
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot on your Ottawa adventure. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around the vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. If so, write it down on the paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- 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 windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Ottawa car rental today
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