Car rentals in Springfield: All you need to know
A Springfield car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of Illinois has to offer. We've gathered your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Springfield. Keep reading to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I get a great deal on a rental car in Springfield?
You are on your way to locating the best price on your car rental when you use us. But, to get the most savings when you travel to Springfield you can do a few things. Make sure to:
- Read the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprises
- Book your car rental as far ahead of time as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they generally are more expensive
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you may save more with a longer rental
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have outlets in Springfield?
We have around 37 rental companies that you can decide from. We have budget-friendly names like Fox and Budget and global ones like Enterprise and Hertz. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Springfield?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Springfield. If you're having a little trouble deciding, be sure to look over the chart below. We have compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you deserve the best||Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Large groups that need room for all their bags||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Economy Car||Great for maneuvering in big cities||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Springfield?
Usually, to rent a car in Springfield you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the rental agreement to discover what the exact fee will be before you rent your car.
Does Springfield require rental car insurance?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through rental car company for your trip, if you think your insurance won't cover you while traveling through the U.S.A.. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Visa, provide some coverage; but, there are usually restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you book a luxury or larger vehicle. Check the policy before you decide.
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||There will be a full tank of gas when you pick up your car. You can use as much fuel as you wish and top it off when you return your car when you are done. 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, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||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 your vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up before 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 do any serious driving|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Most suppliers give you a full to full tank policy. At CarRentals.com, we suggest bringing your car back topped off. If you want to keep your expenses lower, find a filling station before bringing the car rental.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Springfield?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the fine print before you book.
Tips before you leave the lot
Before you begin on your Springfield vacation, be sure you check out a few items before you leave the lot. You should take time to:
- Look over the car and be certain there is no 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
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Springfield rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Springfield has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the well-known restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Springfield.