Car rentals in Philadelphia: All you need to know
A Philadelphia car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even see what else the rest of Mississippi has to offer. We've collected the most popular questions about renting a car in Philadelphia. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How can I get a great deal on a car rental in Philadelphia?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to book budget-friendly deals. Simply type in your travel dates and scroll through the list of car rental suppliers, pick the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Philadelphia. You can also:
- Compare and contrast the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually get your car of your choice and save more
- Learn about any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. This way you can make sure you know the true cost before you rent
- Don't rent more car than you need. Normally, the smaller the car, the cheaper the rate
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Philadelphia?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Thrifty 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 is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Philadelphia?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Philadelphia. If you're having difficulty choosing, make sure to read over the chart below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you really want to treat yourself on your vacation to Philadelphia||Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|Minivan||Large groups who want to navigate Philadelphia together||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Philadelphia?
Generally, to rent a car in Philadelphia you must be at least 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 over the terms to find what the exact price will be before you book your vehicle.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Philadelphia?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, offer some coverage; but, there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you get a larger or luxury vehicle. Check the policy before you decide.
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 have to search for a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you collect your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying 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 pay for a full tank of gas upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you bring back the 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 won't need to refill the gas when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually recommend that you opt for 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?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you plan to do a bit of sightseeing or visit several customers all over Philadelphia. You can cruise wherever you want without incurring added charges. Be sure to read your rental agreement to see if there are mileage limitations.
Before you drive off
Make sure you go over a few items before you leave the lot on your Philadelphia adventure. You should:
- Walk around your car and make certain there is no dents or scratches. If you notice any, write it down on your 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Philadelphia rental car today
Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. No matter who you're traveling with, CarRentals.com has a car that can fit your needs and not deplete your travel piggy bank.