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Zoom into the horizon without breaking a sweat.

Explore a new destination, road trip to an old one or save wear and tear on your own wheels with a car rental deal. We recommend rental companies like Dollar or Enterprise that offer loyalty programs to rack up points toward free rental days later on. Budget, Alamo and Fox have special perks too, so consider which best meets your needs before booking your transportation.

5 companies that offer cheap car rentals 

For reliably cheap car rentals from coast to coast, these companies offer top deals that include one-way and long-term hires.

Budget

Join the Budget Bucks rewards program to earn a $25 voucher after two rentals in a year. Find cheap car rentals at nearly 2,000 locations across the US, whether you need a one-way, round-trip or long-term rental. Budget offers deals on cargo vans and rents out hybrids. 

  • Get 10% cash back on an Amazon gift card after completed rentals when you link your accounts. 

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Enterprise 

The more you rent, the more you earn with Enterprise Plus. The program starts you with earning 1 point for every dollar to redeem on free rentals later — no blackout dates. After six rentals in a year, you’re eligible for a free upgrade and bonus points with Enterprise Silver, and stronger rewards through two additional tiers for top renters. 

  • Enterprise is the largest car rental company in the world, advertising locations within 15 miles of 90% of US residents.

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Fox 

Setting this brand ahead of the pack, the 100% Fox Guarantee means you won’t pay a fee to cancel or change your reservation. Fox advertises rentals for less than $15 daily in over a hundred cities around the world, along with specials on select cars that start at just $5 a day. 

  • 5% discount for active military, veterans and first-responders.

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Dollar 

Earn one reward point for every $1 spent to cash in for free rentals down the road. Dollar’s loyalty program lets you skip the counter to pick up and drop off your car with ease at more than 600 locations in 53 countries around the globe.

  • 10% discount for AAA members.

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Alamo

Join Alamo Insiders to get 5% back on every rental at local offices and self-service kiosks in more than 200 US locations, from San Francisco to Orlando and dozens of cities in between. It’s free and requires only an email. 

Plus, Alamo partners with over 20 travel providers — including Delta, American Airlines, Hilton and Best Western — to help you earn bonus points and miles with your next rental. 

  • One-way specials start at just $10 a day.

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Booking sites for cheap car rentals

Use a booking site to see cheap rates from multiple rental companies at once — and save hundreds on your next trip.

  • Expedia. Expedia Rewards earns you points on every rental — regardless of the company you rent from. Redeem your points on hotel stays, plane tickets or other travel arrangements later on.
  • Priceline. If you find a lower price elsewhere online, Priceline’s Best Price Guarantee will match it. This online travel agency’s filters help you find exactly what you need in a jiffy. 
  • Hotwire. When you search for a rental car on Hotwire, it shows you the cheapest cars first, including exclusive Hot Rate deals. We regularly see the lowest prices on rentals with Hotwire. 
  • Travelocity. Owned by Expedia, this site includes taxes and fees in the price up front to avoid surprises at checkout.

How to compare a car rental deal

The right rental car for you depends on your needs. When comparing your options, weigh what’s most important to you and your travel goals to get the best deal for your budget.

  • Price. A luxury SUV often costs more than a compact economy car, as does a one-way rental versus a round-trip from one location. Make sure your costs cover what you need.
  • Mileage. Most car rentals include unlimited mileage, though it might not extend to larger vehicles or moving trucks. If your rental comes with a cap, weigh what you’ll pay per mile beyond it.
  • Seating and storage. Think about how many people you plan to tow along, not to mention their luggage. Most vehicle listings include capacity so you check space before booking. 
  • Fuel economy. If you’re on a tight budget, gas can put a hefty dent in your funds. Small cars tend to get better mileage than trucks and vans, and many rental fleets today include hybrids.
  • Convenient locations. Look for companies offering convenient pickup and drop-off, especially if you’re booking a one-way rental. 
  • Perks and extras. A DVD player may be a must for long hauls with kids. Or maybe you want a backup camera or built-in GPS — even if it means paying a premium. If you’re renting abroad, you may need to request AC or automatic transmission.

Most car rental companies and booking sites will let you filter by price, car type and capacity, so you can quickly find a car that matches your wishlist.

How much does it cost to rent a car? 

  • Budget about $50 a day for smaller cities and $100 a day for bigger cities.

Car rental rates vary by location, the type of car you’re looking to rent and how many miles you plan to drive. Insurance and extras like GPS, child safety seats and Sirius XM can make your rental more expensive — but the convenience may be worth the extra cost. 

Round-trip rentals are often cheaper than one-way rentals, though you might see deep discounts on rentals of two weeks or longer depending on where you live or plan to drive. 

Economy cars live up to their name, while luxury or premium cars come with the highest rates. Barring special deals and discounts, rental cars are more expensive in New York City, Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas than in smaller markets and alternative airports like Fort Worth or Boise.

How much can I expect to pay for an overseas rental? 

Costs and taxes on car rentals vary by country. For example, you may pay a value-added tax (VAT) of between 18% to 25% when renting a car in Europe, though it’s often included in your quoted rate online. 

Lots of US-based car rental companies have international locations that make it easy to search online, though travel sites like Expedia are helpful for searching multiple quotes on the city you plan to visit.

Do I need insurance to rent a car?

No. If you don’t already have car insurance, you may need to purchase it at checkout. But first, see if your credit card offers rental insurance as a perk, like those from American Express, Mastercard, Visa and USAA. Confirm your coverage by calling the number on the back of the card or looking up your benefits online. 

If you decide to buy a short-term policy from the rental company, your options at the counter might include: 

  • Collision damage waiver. Covers the costs if your rental is damaged, stolen or towed. 
  • Supplemental liability protection. Increases any liability protection that you might already have, paying for damage or injury that results from an accident you cause. 
  • Personal accident insurance. Covers medical expenses that result from an accident — though you may not need it if you already have health insurance. 
  • Personal effects coverage. Pays for the cost of replacing personal items stolen from your rental car, though your existing homeowners or rental insurance policy might pick it up already.

That said, you may need to buy car insurance if you’re driving over the border to Mexico or Canada. And don’t forget to notify the rental company that you’re taking it out of the country. 

What should I do if I damage the car?

Contact the car rental agency immediately. Next steps depend on the company’s policy and the type of coverage you have. Most likely, you’ll need to file an accident report with your insurance provider or credit card company, so that you don’t have to pay for repairs out of pocket. 

If the car is damaged to the point where you can no longer drive it, most rental companies will take care of the repair and issue you a replacement car to finish out your contract.

How old do I need to be to rent a car? 

  • You must be at least 20 years old to rent a car with most brands, though you’ll see exceptions for drivers between the ages of 18 and 20. Many companies charge a fee of $20 or more a day for drivers under 25.

It’s a common misconception that you need to be 25 years old to rent a car. Many nationwide brands allow for younger drivers who have clean driving records of a year or more, though with steep surcharges and fees of $20 or more a day. If you’re a member of AAA or USAA, you may be able to waive the charge.

States themselves impose age requirements. For example, in New York and Michigan, you have to be at least 18, while Mississippi bars rentals to drivers under 21. 

If you are under 25, call the rental company or carefully read its website to confirm the eligibility and fees for young drivers. You can typically find age requirements in the FAQs.

Age policies and surcharge fees for major car rental companies

Car Rental CompanyMinimun ageSurchargeBook

Alamo 

20 years old (18 in New York and Michigan)

$20 daily 

Budget 

20 years old (18 in New York and Michigan)

$27 daily 

Enterprise 

21

$20 daily 

Fox 

19 years old (18 for active military) 

$25 daily for ages 18 to 20$20 daily for ages 21 to 24 Discount through StudentBeans

Dollar 

20 years old (18 in New York and Michigan)

$25 to $35 daily 

Hertz 

20 

$30 daily Waived for AAA members 

Thrifty 

20 years old (18 in New York and Michigan)

$25 to $35 daily 

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