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 else the rest of Georgia has to offer. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Washington. Read on to discover the dos and don'ts of booking a rental car.
Where can I find a great deal on a car rental in Washington?
CarRentals.com makes it a breeze to book the best rates. Just type in your travel dates and go down the variety of car rental suppliers, pick the top rental locations, and find the cheapest packages Washington has to offer. You can also:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which can be more expensive
- Determine ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Even a little rental car know-how can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have retailers in Washington?
From budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox to global names like Hertz and Sixt, 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 you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Washington?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Washington. If you're having difficulty choosing, be sure to go over our chart below. We've compared the most popular types of cars for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Washington||Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Families with a lot of luggage and a need for space||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy Car||Great for driving around congested cities||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Washington?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Washington is 21. However, you may find that there is an additional fee if you are under the age of 25 or for higher category cars. Read through the supplier's terms to determine what the exact fee will be before you reserve your rental.
Does Washington require rental car insurance?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to purchase additional insurance through rental car company for your trip, if you are concerned your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Several credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will provide some coverage. But many of them have restrictions, like not covering bigger automobiles like trucks or SUVs. It is best to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you travel to Washington.
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 an open gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you need and top it off when you return your car at the rental office. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged 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 need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. 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 pay for a full tank of gas upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't have to find for a gas station before you drop-off your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||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 fuel policy do you recommend?
We recommend a full to full policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank, and you should bring it back it topped off. To avoid any added expenses, find a filling station before you return the car. Stations close to airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for anyone who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the fine print before you book.
Before you drive off
Make sure you check out a few things before you leave the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around the vehicle and make certain there is no damage or scrapes. If you notice any, mark it down on your paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- 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
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new city
Book your Washington car rental today
You know you can depend on a grand vehicle that will result in more extra cash in the bank when you book with CarRentals.com. Cash in on cheap deals on your impeccable Washington rental car when you book with us. See you on the road.