Car rentals in Sterling: All you need to know
You want a great vehicle to take you around Sterling whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around town and park in front of the popular restaurants in Sterling. We've gathered the most popular questions about renting a car in Sterling. Find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I get a great deal on a car rental in Sterling?
We always strive to get you the best deal. But, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Be sure to:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which typically are more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Sterling rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Sterling?
From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like National and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Sterling?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Sterling. If you're having a little trouble choosing, be sure to read over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you need the best||Infiniti Q50, Chrysler 300, or similar|
|SUV||Families with a lot of luggage and a need for space||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy Car||Easy to park and have great gas mileage||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Sterling?
Normally, to rent a car in Sterling you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the rental agreement to determine any additional charges will be before you book your vehicle.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Sterling?
When driving around Sterling or the rest of the U.S. of A., you will need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for temporary coverage with the rental agency. Moreover, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
The major credit card issuers (Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) will usually offer coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. It is best to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Sterling.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to search for 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 get your car. Use as much fuel as you need 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 refill the amount of fuel that you've used. 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 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'll pay for a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the rental car provider to see if they will 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 your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to find a gas station as soon as you collect the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We advise a full to full policy. You should get your car topped off. But, if you return the rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium to top it back off. If you want to keep your expenses lower, fill up your tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Sterling?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you decide to do a little sightseeing or visit several clients all over Sterling. You can drive wherever you want without incurring additional charges. Be sure to read your policy to find out if there are any restrictions.
Know before you go
Make sure you go over a few things prior to leaving the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Inspect your car and make sure there is no dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- 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 entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Sterling rental car today
You know you can depend on a great car that will result in more money to spare when you book with CarRentals.com. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your ideal Sterling car rental. See you around town.