Car rentals in Whistler: All you need to know
You need a great automobile to get around Whistler 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 best restaurants in Whistler. We've answered the most popular questions about renting a car in Whistler. Keep reading to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I get a bargain rental car in Whistler?
CarRentals.com always tries to get you the best price. However, you can do a couple things to keep your next rental affordable. Be sure to:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, 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 suppliers have agencies in Whistler?
From global names like Avis and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Economy and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Whistler?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this British Columbia metropolis means you're bound to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you need the best||Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q50, or similar|
|SUV||Families with a lot of suitcases and a need for space||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||Easy to park and have great miles per gallon||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Whistler?
Normally, to rent a car in Whistler you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the country. Additionally, many suppliers charge an extra fee if you are under 25. Be sure to review the supplier's terms to determine any additional charges is before you rent your vehicle.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Whistler?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to buy interim coverage through the rental car company.Many major card issuers, like Visa or Discover, give some coverage; however, there may be restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you get a luxury or larger vehicle. Check the policy before you decide.
Are there 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 the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your vehicle. Use as much fuel as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off. 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 need 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 refueling charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the rental car provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||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 you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy should I get?
Most suppliers give you a full tank policy. We suggest bringing it back with a full tank of gas. If you want to keep your expenses lower, find a filling station before bringing the rental. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good choice if you decide to do a bit of sightseeing or visit a lot of customers all over Whistler. You can cruise wherever you like without incurring added charges. Go over your rental agreement to find out if there are mileage limitations.
Before you leave the lot
Make sure you go over a few things before you leave the car rental lot. You should:
- Check out your vehicle and make sure 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, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Whistler car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Whistler has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the well-known restaurants, renowned landmarks, and all the terrific sites in Whistler.