Car rentals in Vancouver: All you need to know
A Vancouver car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even find out what else the rest of Washington has to offer. CarRentals.com has gathered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Vancouver. Keep reading to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I find a bargain rental car in Vancouver?
You're well on your way to finding the best rate on your car rental with CarRentals.com. But, there are ways to get an even lower price on your upcoming booking. You can:
- Check the mileage policy to avoid any surprise expenses
- Book your car rental as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be pricier
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you may save more if you rent the car for longer
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have agencies in Vancouver?
We have around a half-dozen rental companies to choose from in Vancouver. You'll find some of the best suppliers, like Thrifty. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Vancouver?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Vancouver. If you're having a little trouble picking the right car, make sure to go over our chart below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you want to travel Vancouver in style||Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q50, or similar|
|Minivan||Family trips where you need additional room||Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Compact Car||Couple or two friends who plan on doing some sightseeing||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Vancouver?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Vancouver is 21. But, there might be an additional charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category rentals. Go through the supplier's terms to discover what any additional fees is before you reserve your rental.
Does Vancouver require rental car insurance?
Insurance is required, no matter where you're renting a car. However, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay for the rental in full using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. Keep in mind, these policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Check ahead of time and, if it is necessary, you can easily include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
Are there different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to search for a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you get your car. Use as much petrol as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off 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. 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 pay service 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. Check with the supplier to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect 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 fill up before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out choice. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Vancouver.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Vancouver?
If you plan to explore all that Vancouver and maybe even the rest of Washington offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Go over the fine print to be certain your mileage is actually "unlimited."
Know before you go
Before you begin on your Vancouver trip, go over a few items prior to leaving the lot. You should take time to:
- Look over your vehicle and make certain there is no damage or scratches. If you notice any, mark it down on your paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench 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. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Vancouver rental car today
When you reserve your car with CarRentals.com, you can depend on a wonderful ride that will result in more extra money in the bank. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Vancouver rental car. See you on the road.