Car rentals in Panama: All you need to know
You want a great car to get around Panama whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. See the top sites around the area and park in front of the best restaurants in Panama. We've gathered the most popular questions about renting a car in Panama. Keep reading to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I find a great deal on a rental car in Panama?
CarRentals.com always strives to get you the best deal. But, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming booking. Be sure to:
- Compare the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Check the mileage and fuel policies. This way you'll avoid any surprises on your final bill
- Don't rent more car than you need. Typically, the smaller the car, the lower the rate
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Panama rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Panama?
From budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty to global names like Advantage and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Panama?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Illinois metropolis means you're certain to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little off-road excitement||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with better handling and gas mileage than an SUV||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Panama?
Usually, to rent a car in Panama 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 go over the supplier's terms to discover what the total will be before you book your car.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Panama?
Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, give some insurance on your rental; however, there may be restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you book a larger or luxury vehicle. Make sure to check rental car supplier's policy before you decide.
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 search for a 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 pick up your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you wish and top it off when you return your car at the end. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. 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 can fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of fuel and return the car with an empty tank. Several rental car companies offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay a more expensive price for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We encourage a full to full policy. You pick up your rental with a full tank, and you should bring it back it topped off. For a cheaper rate, fill up your tank before you bring the car back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for anyone who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you leave the lot
Make sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the lot on your Panama adventure. It's important to:
- Look over your car and determine if there is any dents or scratches. If so, mark it down on your paperwork
- 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
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Panama rental car today
When you reserve your car with CarRentals.com, you know you can depend on a great set of wheels that will result in more money to spare. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Panama rental car. We'll see you out here.