Car rentals in Salem: All you need to know
A Salem car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even see what else the rest of South Dakota has to offer. We've collected your most popular questions about renting a car in Salem. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
Where can I get a bargain car rental in Salem?
You're well on your way to getting the best deal on your car rental by going through us. But, to get the most savings when you travel to Salem you can do a few things. Be sure to:
- Read through the mileage policy to avoid any surprise expenses
- Book your car rental as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Salem?
From global names like National and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Salem?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Salem. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, make sure to look over the chart below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Perfect for families who need a comfortable ride and to fit in all their luggage||Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing a lot of touring and want a comfortable ride||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Economy Car||Easy to park and have great gas mileage||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Salem?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in Salem is 21. But, you may find that there is an additional fee if you're under the age of 25 or for higher category cars. Go through the terms to discover what the exact charge will be before you book your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Salem?
When cruising through Salem or the rest of the U.S. of A., you will need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you pick up your car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to pay for temporary coverage with the rental supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
Although many major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, provide some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you book a larger or luxury vehicle. Be sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
Are there different 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 near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you get your car. You can use as much fuel as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a quarter of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any gas you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the supplier to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when 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 as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually suggest that customers opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good choice if you plan to do a little sightseeing or visit a lot of business associates all over Salem. You can drive as much as you want and not incur additional charges. Read over your policy to see if there are any restrictions.
Before you leave the lot
Before you get going on your Salem vacation, go over a few items before you leave the lot. It's important to:
- Walk around your car and determine if there is any damage or scratches. If so, write it down on the 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 to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Salem rental car today
Know that you can count on a grand set of wheels that will leave you with money to spare when you book with CarRentals.com. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Salem car rental. We'll see you out here.