Car rentals in Santa Fe: All you need to know
A Santa Fe car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Texas has to offer. We've answered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Santa Fe. Find out the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
How can I get a bargain rental car in Santa Fe?
CarRentals.com always strives to get you the best rate. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. You can:
- Check the mileage policy to prevent any surprise fees
- Book your vehicle as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they commonly are pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more with a longer rental
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have outlets in Santa Fe?
From budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty to global names like National and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Santa Fe?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Santa Fe. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, be sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you need the best||Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Large groups who want to navigate Santa Fe together||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Compact Car||For those on a strict travel budget||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Santa Fe?
Usually, to rent a car in Santa Fe 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 rental agreement to figure out what the total will be before you reserve your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Santa Fe?
When driving in Santa Fe or the rest of the U.S. of A., you will need insurance. Many suppliers require that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. The majority of countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy interim insurance with the rental supplier. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will generally offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. It is best to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Santa Fe.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find an open gas station close to your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. 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. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any fuel you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Many suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you drop-off your car||You might pay more for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect the vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out winner. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. .
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Santa Fe?
If you want to see all that Santa Fe and maybe even the rest of Texas offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Santa Fe. Go over the fine print to make certain they are actually "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Before you get started on your Santa Fe vacation, check a few items before you leave the rental lot. It's important to:
- Check out your vehicle and make certain there is no damage or scratches. 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 region
Book your Santa Fe rental car today
Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. CarRentals.com has the ideal car rental that can fit your needs and not break the bank.