Car rentals in Washington: All you need to know
You want a great car to take you around Washington whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Explore the top sites around town and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Washington. CarRentals.com has gathered the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Washington. Keep reading to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I find a bargain rental car in Washington?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best price. But, you can try to do a few things to keep your upcoming booking affordable. You can:
- Check the mileage policy to steer clear of any surprise fees
- Book your vehicle as far in advance as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs if possible; they tend to be pricier
- Compare weekly and daily rates; you may 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 companies have agencies in Washington?
From global names like Avis and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Washington?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this West Virginia city means you're bound to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you want to travel Washington in style||Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, or similar|
|SUV||Family getaways where you need the extra room||Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, 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. But, there might be an added charge if you're under the age of 25 or for higher category vehicles in particular. Go through the terms to determine what any additional fees is before you book your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Washington?
Insurance is always required, no matter where you rent a car. Nevertheless, your current car insurance may cover you. Additionally, if you pay for the rental in full using your credit card, the card's benefits may also insure you. 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 is needed, you can conveniently include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the difference between all the 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 a gas station near your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you pick up your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car at the rental dealer. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only have to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with the tank empty. Several suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you return your car||You usually pay a higher rate for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
Most suppliers provide you a full tank policy. We encourage bringing your car back with a full tank. To avoid any added expenses, find a filling station before bringing the rental.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Washington?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you plan to do a bit of sightseeing or visit a lot of business associates all over Washington. You can cruise wherever you want and not incur added charges. Go over your rental agreement to discover if there are any restrictions.
Before you leave the lot
Before you begin on your Washington adventure, check out a few items before you leave the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around your vehicle and determine if there is any damage 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
- Familiarize yourself with the 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 navigating a new city
Book your Washington rental car today
You know you can depend on a wonderful car that will leave you with cash to spare when you reserve your car with CarRentals.com. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your ideal Washington car rental. We'll see you out here.