Car rentals in Salem: All you need to know
A Salem car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to explore all the sights, and even see what else the rest of Arkansas has to offer. We've answered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Salem. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
Where can I get a great deal on a car rental in Salem?
CarRentals.com always strives to get you the best rate. But, there are ways to get an even lower price on your upcoming booking. Make sure to:
- Check the mileage policy to prevent any surprise fees
- Reserve your vehicle as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they commonly are more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Salem rental car.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Salem?
From global names like National and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Salem?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Arkansas town 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||Families looking for adventure in the Arkansas back-country||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, or similar|
|Full Size||Families with bags and a need for space||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Compact Car||Easy to park and have great miles per gallon||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Salem?
Generally, the age limit for car rentals in Salem is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to review the supplier's terms to find what the total will be before you rent your car.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Salem?
When cruising through Salem or the rest of the U.S. of A., you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental. Moreover, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will typically offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Salem.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for a gas station near your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. 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 fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Check with the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||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 collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Most rental car suppliers give you a full tank policy. We advise returning it with a full tank. If you want to save some money, fill up your tank before bringing the car rental.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of customers all over Salem. You can drive wherever you want without incurring extra charges. Make sure to read your policy to see if there are mileage limitations.
Before you leave the lot
Before you get started on your Salem trip, check out a few things before you leave the car rental lot. You should take time to:
- Check out your car and be sure 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
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new city
Book your Salem car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Salem has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the terrific sites in Salem.