Car rentals in Scotland: All you need to know
A Scotland car rental allows you 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 Ontario has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Scotland. Read on to see the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where do I get a great deal on a car rental in Scotland?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to grab budget-friendly deals. Just enter your travel dates and scroll down the variety of car rental companies, choose the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Scotland. You can also:
- Read the mileage policy to avoid any surprise fees
- Reserve your car rental as far ahead of time as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they tend to be pricier
- Compare weekly and daily 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 suppliers have retailers in Scotland?
From global names like Advantage and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Scotland?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Ontario metropolis means you're certain to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and enjoy great views||BMW X3, Ford Explorer, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing plenty of sightseeing and want a comfy ride||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Compact Car||Couple or two friends heading to the beach and back||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Scotland?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Scotland is 21. But, there might be an added fee if you are under 25 or for higher category rentals in particular. Go through the terms to find what any additional fees is before you reserve your rental.
Does Scotland require rental car insurance?
When driving in Scotland or the rest of Canada, you will need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy temporary coverage through the rental agency.
The major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will typically offer coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Scotland.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you wish and top it off when you return your car at the end of your rental period. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of fuel when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't have to search for a gas station before you bring back the car||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 the vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
At CarRentals.com, we encourage a full tank policy. You receive the car with a full tank, and you should return it topped off. To avoid any added expenses, it is best to find a gas station before you return the car. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Scotland?
If you plan to check out all that Scotland offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional charges. Read the fine print to be sure they are actually "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you go over a few items before you leave the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around 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
- 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 wipers
- Get comfortable working the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Scotland 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. No matter the situation, CarRentals.com has a vehicle that can align with your requirement and not deplete your travel piggy bank.