Car rentals in Arizona: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to get around Arizona whether you're going for a business or pleasure. See the famous sites around the city and park in front of the best restaurants in Arizona. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Arizona. Keep reading to discover which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where do I find a bargain rental car in Arizona?
We always strive to get you the best deal. However, there are ways to get an even lower price on your upcoming rental. Make sure to:
- Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise expenses
- Book your rental as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might 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 retailers in Arizona?
From budget-friendly brands like Thrifty and Budget to global names like Hertz and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Arizona?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Arizona. If you're having a bit of trouble choosing, be sure to go over the table below. We have compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little off-road adventure||Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||For trips where everyone needs room their bags||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most mpg on their trip||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Arizona?
Generally, the age limit for car rentals in Arizona is 21. However, you may find that there is an additional fee if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category rentals. Go over the supplier's terms to determine what the exact rate will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Arizona?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary coverage through the rental car supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will cover your car rental. But there may be limitations, like not covering larger automobiles like trucks or SUVs. Be sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Arizona.
What is the fuel policy for Arizona rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to search for an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you collect your car. Use as much fuel as you want 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 you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay refueling charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pick up the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the supplier to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you drop-off your car||You usually pay a higher rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Most suppliers provide you a full tank policy. We advise bringing it back topped off. For a cheaper rate, it is best to find a gas station before you return the car. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for those who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you drive off
Before you get going on your Arizona vacation, check out a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot. It's important to:
- Inspect the car and make certain there is no damage or scrapes. 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 to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new city
Book your Arizona rental car today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal vehicle that can align with your requirements and not deplete your travel fund.