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United States car rentals

Driver's age: 26-65
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Cheap car hire in the United States

EconomyRM 212/day
CompactRM 212/day
IntermediateRM 199/day
StandardRM 217/day
Full-sizeRM 181/day
People carrierRM 430/day
Full-size SUVRM 299/day
PremiumRM 217/day
LuxuryRM 322/day
Pick-up truckRM 244/day
Compact SUVRM 252/day
Intermediate SUVRM 253/day
Standard SUVRM 253/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

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 rental car in United States at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in United States are around 28% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in United States are around 130% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in the United States

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in the United States?

    On average a car hire in the United States costs RM 218 per day.

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

    Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in the United States.

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

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at One Switch Rent a Car (RM 181/day), AZ Car Rental (RM 199/day) and Thrifty (RM 212/day).

  • 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, 300 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7.6, 311 reviews), and Sixt (7.3, 379 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 rental directory

  • enterprise

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

    4719 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in the United States

    2606 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in the United States

    1535 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in the United States

    1487 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in the United States

    496 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in the United States

    464 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car hire locations in the United States

    432 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in the United States

    355 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in the United States

    327 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in the United States

    264 Locations

  • vipcarsrec

    VIPCars Recommendation car hire locations in the United States

    238 Locations

  • payless

    Payless car hire locations in the United States

    140 Locations

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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.