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United States car hire

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Top tips for hiring a car in the United States

  • Many travelers choose to rent a car in the United States, as it is the best mode of transport for covering short or long distances, allowing plenty of freedom and more flexibility to explore unique landscapes. There are plenty of iconic routes that serve as road trip destinations and allow drivers to visit several states, including the classic Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, the Oregon Trail, and the Eastern Seaboard.
  • When driving in the United States, it is important to note the rules around schools and school buses. Yellow warning lights often operate in school zones, requiring traffic to slow down. The law also states that when a school bus stops to pick up children and uses its red flashing lights, traffic traveling in both directions must stop until the bus has continued moving again.
  • The rules on child car seat use in the United States also vary from state to state, but when in doubt, it is best to seat all kids under the age of 12 in an appropriate restraint system in the back of the car. Rental agencies can usually provide a range of different baby and child seats, with daily prices at around $14 with an agency such as Thrifty.
  • Most rental agencies allow their cars to be taken into any state in the continental United States, although it is always worth checking this in advance. Avis, for example, only allows cars rented in Texas to be driven within the state borders. Drivers wishing to visit the neighboring country of Mexico or Canada should also be sure to check the rental agency’s regulations before they rent a car in the United States. Some, such as Dollar, allow cross-border travel from certain locations only and impose an additional insurance charge of around $28 per day.
  • Book your car hire in United States at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy hire cars in United States are around 23% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in the United States

  • What is the most popular car hire in the United States?

    Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in the United States.

  • What is the best car hire company in the United States?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in the United States are Alamo (8,7, 308 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7,7, 324 reviews), and Sixt (7,4, 392 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in the United States?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • What is driving like in United States?

    Driving in the United States is a straightforward experience, with many wide, well-maintained roads and good signage. Although drivers will occasionally come across a toll road (also known as a turnpike), most highways are free to use. Driving in the United States is on the right side, and most rental cars will have automatic transmissions.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in United States?

    To rent a car in the United States, the minimum age is 21 years, although many agencies require the driver to be 25 years of age and to have possessed their license for at least one year. An International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is not required for drivers from most countries. Some agencies, such as Hertz, may charge a young driver fee of around $45 per day for drivers age 21 to 24.

  • How much does petrol cost in United States?

    Petrol stations are plentiful in the United States, although when setting off on long drives across rural or desert regions, it is advised to make sure you have a full tank of gas. Most fuel stations are self-service, with pumps that pre-authorize your credit card and charge it with the amount you reach when you’re done refueling. Attendants are usually also available, if you would prefer to pay by cash or need assistance. Most cars run on petrol, which costs around $0.85 per liter or $3.20 per gallon (prices are commonly given by the gallon).

  • What are the speed limits in United States?

    Speed limits vary from state to state in the United States, so it is important to always be aware of local signage. In general, the fastest roads are the interstates, which have a limit of about 60 to 75 mph. State roads can have speed limits ranging from 25 to 65 mph, while county roads also vary tremendously, anywhere from 15 to 55 mph. In built-up areas, speed limits tend to be around 25 to 35 mph, and sometimes slower in school zones.

Car hire directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in the United States

    4685 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in the United States

    2554 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in the United States

    1527 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in the United States

    1482 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in the United States

    484 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in the United States

    452 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car hire locations in the United States

    430 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in the United States

    353 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in the United States

    353 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in the United States

    262 Locations

  • vipcarsrec

    VIPCars Recommendation car hire locations in the United States

    238 Locations

  • payless

    Payless car hire locations in the United States

    140 Locations

Good to know

Most popular car type

Economy

When to book a rental car in the United States

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Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.