Car rentals in San Antonio: All you need to know
You want a great car to take you around San Antonio whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Check out the top sites around the region and park in front of the popular restaurants in San Antonio. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about renting a car in San Antonio. Find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where do I find a bargain rental car in San Antonio?
We always strive to get you the best rate. However, to increase your savings when you travel to San Antonio you can do a few things. Be sure to:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which usually cost more
- Determine ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have retailers in San Antonio?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look 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 San Antonio?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in San Antonio. If you're having trouble choosing, make sure to look over our chart below. We've compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and enjoy great views||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||For trips where everyone needs room their luggage||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in San Antonio?
Typically, to rent a car in San Antonio you must be at least 21. But, there might be an additional charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category cars. Read over the terms to find what the exact fee is before you book your vehicle.
Is insurance required to rent a car in San Antonio?
Insurance is always required, wherever you rent a car. However, you could already be insured by your credit card or car policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it's needed, you can just add it at checkout.
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 near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you collect your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||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 pay for a full tank of fuel upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some providers 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||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually advise that you choose 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?
If you want to check out all that San Antonio and maybe even the rest of Florida offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Go over the fine print to be certain your mileage is truly "unlimited."
Before you drive off
Before you begin on your San Antonio vacation, check out a few things before you leave the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Walk around the car and make certain there is no dents 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 to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your San Antonio rental car today
Maybe you're traveling solo, maybe you're bringing your partner or kids, or maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. CarRentals.com has the ideal rental car that can align with your needs and not break the bank.