Car rentals in Washington: All you need to know
A Washington car rental gives you the opportunity to go where you want, when you want. You can check out all the sights, and even see what the rest of Arkansas has to offer. CarRentals.com has answered the most popular questions about renting a car in Washington. Read on to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I get a great deal on a car rental in Washington?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to book the best rates. Just enter your travel dates and scroll through the variety of rental companies, choose the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Washington has to offer. You can also:
- Read through the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise fees
- Book your car rental as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs if possible; they generally are more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Washington rental car.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Washington?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to help you figure out which is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Washington?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Arkansas metropolis means you're bound to find a vehicle that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little off-road excitement||Ford Edge, Jaguar F-Pace, or similar|
|Full Size||Groups with suitcases and a need for space||Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Easy to park and have great gas mileage||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Washington?
Generally, the age limit for car rentals in Washington is 21. Please note, there might be an added fee if you are under 25 or for higher category rentals. Go over the supplier's terms to discover what any additional fees is before you reserve your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Washington?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for interim insurance through the rental car company. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will cover your car rental. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering bigger vehicles such as trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out what kind of coverage is offered before you head to Washington.
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 search for an open 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 collect your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Ask the supplier 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 a higher rate 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 won't have to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, full-to-full is our stand-out winner. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you decide to do a little sightseeing or visit several clients all over Washington. You can drive as much as you like without incurring extra charges. Review your rental agreement to see if there are any limitations.
Before you drive off
Be sure you check out a few things before you leave the rental lot on your Washington adventure. You should take time to:
- Look over the 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
- 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 wipers
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Washington car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Washington has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the highly-rated restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Washington.