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North Carolina car rentals

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Cheap car hire in North Carolina

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Top tips for hiring a car in North Carolina

  • As with the rest of the country, drink-driving is taken very seriously. If you are found to be over the alcohol blood limit level of 0.08%, you will be prosecuted accordingly. This normally includes being fined, banned, and on some occasions imprisoned. Police have the right to pull you over and ask you to breathe into a breathalyser if they think you have been drinking. It’s always wise to avoid drinking any alcohol prior to driving, even if you’re not getting behind the wheel until the next morning.
  • If you’re travelling with children, then you must adhere to the child seat laws in North Carolina. You can request a child seat from your car hire company prior to arriving at the branch. If your kid is under eight years of age and weighs less than 18 kg, then they will need to be put in a child restraint. With cars that have an active passenger side airbag, children under five and less than 18 kg need to be in a child seat in the rear seats, not the front seat.
  • Most car hire companies in the U.S. will allow you to drive your car across state and country borders. To do this, you must seek permission from them first and obtain written permission. Without this, your insurance will be void, and you might not be able to cross into countries such as Mexico. It’s also worth checking to see if your car has a mileage cap in the booking. If it does, then this will likely reduce the distance you can travel anyway.
  • All car hire agencies in the North Carolina accept payment in the form of credit cards. Some will even accept debit card payment, but you should contact your branch to ensure you know which forms of payment are accepted. It’s even possible to pay by cash at some agencies, such as Budget. However, this is only accepted at the end of the hire period, and you will still need a credit card to pay the deposit at the beginning.
  • Book your rental car in North Carolina at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in North Carolina are around 6% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in North Carolina

  • What is the most popular car hire in North Carolina?

    Premium (Jaguar F-Pace or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in North Carolina.

  • How can I find car hires near me in North Carolina?

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

  • Should I hire a car in North Carolina?

    It’s a great idea to get car hire in North Carolina, as it provides you with enhanced flexibility to travel as and when you please. In addition, you’re also able to travel to remote locations, which isn’t always possible with public transport. North Carolina has a varied landscape, from the massive mountains to the beautiful coastline. Having a car hire makes it far easier to reach all the destinations on your bucket list. For example, you’ll be able to go to locations such as Nantahala National Forest, Jacksonville, and Lake Norman.

  • What is driving like in North Carolina?

    Driving in North Carolina is great fun, with there being so much to see and do. With well-maintained roads, it’s easy to travel to one location to the next. The countryside roads are peaceful to drive on, with the majority of drivers adhering to the rules. However, in the cities, you will find that driving becomes more aggressive and chaotic. A good way to deal with this is to remain calm and drive with confidence. There is also lots of room to manoeuvre your car on the roads, with them being wide and spacious. The signposting is also comprehensive, so you should find it easy to navigate to your destination. Remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road, too.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in North Carolina?

    To hire a car in North Carolina, you will need to be at least 21 years of age, with some agencies requiring you to be a minimum of 25. Drivers that are younger than 25 will also need to pay a young person’s surcharge. There is normally an age restriction on certain car categories too. To hire your car, you will need to provide a valid ID, and complete the required paperwork.

Car rental directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in North Carolina

    28 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in North Carolina

    11 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in North Carolina

    2 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

  • national

    National car hire locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

  • silvercar

    Silvercar car hire locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

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When to book a rental car in North Carolina

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