Car rentals in San Antonio: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to get around San Antonio whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Check out the famous sites around the area and park in front of the popular restaurants in San Antonio. We've answered the most popular questions about renting a car in San Antonio. Read on to discover which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I find a bargain car rental in San Antonio?
We always try to get you the best rate. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming booking. You can:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which can cost more
- Know ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have outlets in San Antonio?
From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like Ace and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to San Antonio?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this New Mexico city means you're certain to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise San Antonio||Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, or similar|
|SUV||Large groups that need room for all their bags||Dodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most mpg on their trip||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in San Antonio?
Generally, the age limit for renting a car in San Antonio is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to review the rental agreement to find what the exact fee is before you rent your vehicle.
Does San Antonio require rental car insurance?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for interim coverage through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit card issuers (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will provide some coverage. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large vehicles such as trucks or SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you travel to San Antonio.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need 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. Use as much petrol as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end. 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. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service fees if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Ask the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||You might pay more 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 collect your vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||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 collect the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the San Antonio.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in San Antonio?
If you want to explore all that San Antonio and maybe even the rest of New Mexico 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 make certain your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few things before you leave the car rental lot on your San Antonio adventure. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around your vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scratches. If so, write it down on your paperwork
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your San Antonio rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels San Antonio has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the well-known restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the amazing sites in San Antonio.