Car rentals in Portsmouth: All you need to know
A Portsmouth car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Iowa has to offer. We've gathered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Portsmouth. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How can I find a great deal on a car rental in Portsmouth?
We always try to get you the best rate. However, there are ways to get an even lower price on your upcoming rental. Be sure to:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which can be more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Portsmouth rental car.
What rental companies have outlets in Portsmouth?
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. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Portsmouth?
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Portsmouth. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, be sure to read over the chart below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families or groups looking for adventure in the Iowa back-country||BMW X3, Ford Edge, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with the handling of a sedan||Infiniti Q50, Hyundai Sonata, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Portsmouth?
Usually, the age limit for renting a car in Portsmouth is 21. However, you may find that there is an additional charge if you're under the age of 25 or for higher category rentals. Go over the supplier's terms to discover what any additional fees is before you book your vehicle.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Portsmouth?
Insurance is mandatory, wherever you're renting a car. That said, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay for the rental in full using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, these policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll need to add it to your booking for Portsmouth. Check ahead of time and, if it's required, you can easily include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you pick up your automobile. Use as much petrol as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to 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 pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Some suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay more for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don'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 need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out choice. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Portsmouth?
Unlimited miles is a great option if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit several business associates all over Portsmouth. You can cruise as much as you want without incurring additional charges. Review your rental agreement to see if there are mileage restrictions.
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your Portsmouth trip, be sure you check out a few items before you leave the lot. You should:
- Look over the vehicle and be certain there is no dents or scratches. 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 properly 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
- Get comfortable working the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Portsmouth rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Portsmouth has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Portsmouth.