Car rentals in Sandy Spring: All you need to know
A Sandy Spring car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even see what else the rest of Maryland has to offer. We've gathered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Sandy Spring. Find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I get a great deal on a rental car in Sandy Spring?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to get budget-friendly rates. Just enter your travel dates and go through the list of rental car companies, pick the top rental locations, and find the best packages Sandy Spring has to offer. You should also:
- Read the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise expenses
- Reserve your car rental as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they usually are more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more with a longer rental
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Sandy Spring.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Sandy Spring?
From budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget to global names like Advantage and Hertz, 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 you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Sandy Spring?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Sandy Spring. If you're having a bit of trouble picking the right car, be sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you want to travel Sandy Spring in style||Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|SUV||Large groups that need room for all their suitcases||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Sandy Spring?
Typically, to rent a car in Sandy Spring you must be at least 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 read over the supplier's terms to figure out what the total will be before you book your car.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Sandy Spring?
When driving around Sandy Spring or the rest of the U.S. of A., you'll need insurance. Many suppliers require that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will usually offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering large vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Sandy Spring.
What are the different 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 a gas station close to 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 wish and top it off when you return your car at the end. 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, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can shop around for the cheapest 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 upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Many suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas before you drop it back off||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 collect the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. .
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for those who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. You will just need to make sure there's nothing else in the small print that could add in extra costs.
Before you leave the lot
Before you begin on your Sandy Spring adventure, go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should:
- Check out your car and determine if there is any 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 working the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Sandy Spring rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Sandy Spring has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the highly-rated restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the fantastic sites in Sandy Spring.