Car rentals in Washington: All you need to know
You want a great automobile to take you around Washington whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the famous sites around town and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Washington. CarRentals.com has answered the most popular questions about car rentals in Washington. Find out the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
Where can I find a bargain car rental in Washington?
You are well on your way to locating the best price on your car rental by reserving it through us. But, you can remember a few things to keep your upcoming booking affordable. Make sure to:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which usually cost more
- Know ahead of time how much mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Washington rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Washington?
From global names like National and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Washington?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Washington. If you're having a bit of trouble choosing, be sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||When you want to travel Washington in style||Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q50, or similar|
|Minivan||If you plan on doing plenty of driving and want a comfortable ride||Dodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Washington?
Generally, to rent a car in Washington you must be at least 21. But, you may find that there is an additional charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category rentals in particular. Read over the supplier's terms to determine what any additional fees is before you reserve your rental.
Does Washington require rental car insurance?
When driving in Washington or the rest of the U.S.A., you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier needs proof of insurance before you pick up your automobile. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance with the rental agency. Additionally, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com during checkout.
Many major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, offer some coverage, but there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to find an open gas station close to your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your automobile. Use as much fuel as you want 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 pay for the fuel you use. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any fuel you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of fuel and return the car with the tank empty. Check with the provider 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 bring back the car||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't have to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You refill your 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 type of fuel policy should I choose?
Most rental car suppliers provide you a full to full tank policy. We suggest bringing it back with a full tank of gas. To avoid any added expenses, find a gas station before returning the vehicle.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good option if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over Washington. You can drive wherever you want and not incur additional charges. Make sure to read your policy to find out if there are mileage restrictions.
Tips before you leave the lot
Be sure you check out a few items before you leave the rental lot. It's important to:
- Inspect the car and make certain there is no dents or scrapes. 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
- 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 wipers
- Figure out how to work 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 cruising between the great restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Washington.