Car rentals in Washington: All you need to know
You need a great car to get around Washington whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around the city and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Washington. CarRentals.com has collected your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Washington. Read on to find out which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where can I get a bargain car rental in Washington?
You are on your way to finding the best deal on your car rental when you use CarRentals.com. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Make sure to:
- Compare and contrast daily and weekly rates from all the different suppliers
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually get the vehicle of your choice and save more
- Check the mileage and fuel policies. You don't want to be surprised with added costs
- Decide the vehicle you'll need for your trip. Don't get more car than you need
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Washington rental car.
What rental companies have retailers in Washington?
From global names like National and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Washington?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Washington. If you're having a little trouble deciding, be sure to read over the table below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Groups or Families looking for adventure in the Louisiana back-country||Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing plenty of exploring and want a comfy ride||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Great for driving in busy cities||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Washington?
Normally, the age limit for renting a car in Washington is 21. But, you may find that there is an added charge if you're under the age of 25 or for higher category rentals. Go over the supplier's terms to determine what the exact fee will be before you book your rental.
Does Washington require rental car insurance?
Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You might be able to buy additional insurance through rental car supplier, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Although many of the major card issuers, like MasterCard or Visa, offer some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check rental car supplier's policy before you decide.
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 find a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your automobile. Use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any gas you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service fees 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 an empty tank. Many providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't need to find a petrol station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up 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 do any serious driving|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
At CarRentals.com, we encourage a full to full policy. You pick up your rental topped off. However, if you return your rental with less than the amount you received it with, most companies will charge a premium, and sometimes up to triple the amount of current gas prices to refill it. If you want to save some money, it is best to find a gas station before you return the car. Stations near 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. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you leave the lot
Make sure you check a few things prior to leaving the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Look over the car and determine if there is any damage 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
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new region
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, world-famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Washington.