Car rentals in Saint Paul: All you need to know
A Saint Paul 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 the rest of Iowa has to offer. We've gathered the most popular questions about car rentals in Saint Paul. Read on to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I get a great deal on a rental car in Saint Paul?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to get budget-friendly deals. Simply type in your travel dates and scroll down the list of rental car suppliers, choose the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Saint Paul. You can also:
- Compare the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get the car of your choice and save more
- Learn about any cost for fuel policy, additional drivers, and mileage limits. That way you can make sure you know the true cost before you book
- Don't rent more vehicle than you need. Typically, the smaller the class the lower the rate
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Saint Paul?
From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like National and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Saint Paul?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Saint Paul. If you're having difficulty deciding, be sure to go over the chart below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you really want to go all out on your vacation to Saint Paul||Infiniti Q50, Chrysler 300, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Families with plenty of bags and a need for space||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Compact Car||For those on a strict travel budget||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Saint Paul?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Saint Paul is 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 figure out any additional charges is before you book your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Saint Paul?
When cruising through Saint Paul or the rest of the United States, you will need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you pick up your car. Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the U.S.A.. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit card issuers (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) will usually cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to Saint Paul.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find an open gas station near your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your car. Use as much gas as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to 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 or service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Many rental car companies offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay a higher rate 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 bring the car back||You fill the 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 do you recommend?
We usually suggest 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.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Saint Paul?
If you plan to check out all that Saint Paul and maybe even the rest of Iowa offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Review the fine print to make sure they are actually "unlimited."
Know before you go
Make sure you go over a few items before you leave the rental lot. It's important to:
- Inspect the car and be certain there is no damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- 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
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Saint Paul car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. No matter the situation, CarRentals.com has a car rental that can align with your needs and not deplete your travel piggy bank.