Car rentals in Washington: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to take you around Washington whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Explore the famous sites around the region and park in front of the popular restaurants in Washington. We've gathered the most popular questions about renting a car in Washington. Find out the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
How do I find a bargain car rental in Washington?
We always strive to get you the best deal. However, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming rental. Be sure to:
- Read the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise expenses
- Book your rental car as far in advance as you can
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you may save more if you rent the car for longer
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Washington rental car.
What rental companies have outlets 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. Look through the online reviews to help you figure out which one is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Washington?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Washington. If you're having trouble choosing, be sure to go over our chart below. We have compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Washington||Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Large groups who want to navigate Washington together||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride with great fuel economy||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Washington?
Usually, to rent a car in Washington 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 go over the supplier's terms to discover what the total is before you book your rental.
Does Washington require rental car insurance?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you rent a vehicle. However, you could already be covered by your credit card or car policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide total coverage, and you'll need to add it to your booking for Washington. Look into it before you book and, if it's necessary, you can simply add it at checkout.
What is the difference between all the 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 collect your automobile. Use as much gas as you want 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. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll get the car with a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Ask the supplier to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||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 pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many rental car suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. .
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Washington?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for anyone who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you leave the lot
Before you get going on your Washington adventure, be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should:
- Look over the vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. If so, mark it down on your paperwork
- 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Washington rental car today
Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. CarRentals.com has the ideal vehicle that can align with your requirements and not deplete your travel fund.