Car rentals in Santa Fe: All you need to know
A Santa Fe car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of New Mexico has to offer. We've gathered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Santa Fe. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I get a great deal on a rental car in Santa Fe?
CarRentals.com always strives to get you the best price. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Make sure to:
- Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise expenses
- Reserve your vehicle as far ahead of time as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they commonly are pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more if you rent the car for longer
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have retailers in Santa Fe?
There are around six rental car providers to choose from in Santa Fe. You'll find some of the best brands, like Hertz. Look through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Santa Fe?
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 an automobile that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||If you really want to go all out on your visit to Santa Fe||Cadillac XTS, Camaro, or similar|
|SUV||Family getaways where you need the extra room||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Economy Car||Easy to park and have great gas mileage||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Santa Fe?
Typically, to rent a car in Santa Fe you must be at least 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 read through the supplier's terms to figure out what the total will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Santa Fe?
When cruising through Santa Fe or the rest of the U.S.A., you will need insurance. Many suppliers require that you show proof of insurance before you pick up your car. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to buy additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental. Moreover, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.
Many major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, give some coverage, however, there are usually restrictions. For example, you may not be covered if you book a larger or luxury vehicle. Make sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
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 an open gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you collect your automobile. Use as much gas as you like and top it off when you return your car at the rental dealer. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||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 won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. 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 drop-off your car||You usually pay a more expensive price for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you won'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 have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually suggest that customers opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good choice if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit several business associates all over Santa Fe. You can drive as much as you want without incurring extra charges. Review your rental agreement to discover if there are mileage restrictions.
What are some things to do in Santa Fe?
There is tons to see and do in this city. Some of Santa Fe's most popular attractions are:
- Santa Fe Farmers Market
- Santa Fe Plaza
- New Mexico Museum of Art
- Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Lucky for you, you can cruise to the one you want or see them all.
Know before you go
Before you begin on your Santa Fe adventure, be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Check out your vehicle and determine if there is any 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
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Santa Fe car rental today
When you book with CarRentals.com, you can depend on a perfect set of wheels that will leave you with cash to spare. Cash in on cheap deals on your Santa Fe car rental when you book with us. See you around town.