Car rentals in Scotland: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to get around Scotland whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Explore the top sites around the city and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Scotland. CarRentals.com has gathered the most popular questions about renting a car in Scotland. Keep reading to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I get a great deal on a car rental in Scotland?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best rate. But, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming rental. Make sure to:
- Compare and contrast the rates for a few suppliers on the type of car you want
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get the vehicle of your choice and save more
- Check the mileage and fuel policies. This way you'll avoid any surprises on your final bill
- Decide the vehicle you'll need for your drive. Don't get more car than you need
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Scotland rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Scotland?
From budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget to global names like National and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Scotland?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Scotland. If you're having a little trouble deciding, be sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families looking for adventure in the South Dakota back-country||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing plenty of sightseeing and want a comfortable ride||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride with terrific miles per gallon||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Scotland?
Usually, the age limit for car rentals in Scotland is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. If you are under 25, you might also need to pay a surcharge. Be sure to read through the rental agreement to figure out what the total is before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Scotland?
Insurance is required, no matter where you rent a vehicle. That said, you could already be covered by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll need to add it to your booking for Scotland. Check ahead of time and, if it's necessary, you can easily add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Scotland rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find a 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 pick up your automobile. Use as much gas as you like and top it off when you return your car. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have 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 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 an empty tank. Check with the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||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 the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually advise that customers choose 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?
If you plan to see all that Scotland and maybe even the rest of South Dakota offers, you are going to need unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Scotland. Go over the fine print to make sure your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Make sure you check out a few items before you leave the rental lot. It's important to:
- Look over your car and make sure there is no damage or scrapes. If so, write it down on the paperwork
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- 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 city
Book your Scotland rental car today
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