How to Rent a Car on Expedia

Need a set of wheels to get around when you reach your next travel destination? With Expedia you can:

  • Pick the locations (near) where you'll be picking up or dropping off your rental car.

  • Choose how long you're going to be using your rental car, including the time and date that you'll be picking it up and dropping it off.

  • Choose what class of car you want, as well as the rental car company that you want it from. You can compare prices this way, too.

How to Rent a Car on Expedia

  1. Go to www.expedia.com in your web browser (if you haven't already) and click on Cars in the menu across the top.

  2. You'll use the window on the left side of the screen to set things up.  Click the  buttons in the screenshot below to learn what you need to do at each spot.

     

    Additional Services

    Click the respective buttons here to choose to book only a car rental, or to book for another service as well.

     

    Pick Up Airport/City

    Click here and type in where you want to pick up your rental car. As you type, Expedia will suggest airports, cities / city districts, and/or points of interest nearby. Click one to select it.

     

    Pick-Up Date

    Click here to select from a calendar pop-up the date on which you want to pick up your rental car.

     

    Pick-Up Time

    Click the drop-down menu to select a time at which you want to pick up your rental car.

     

    Drop-Off Airport/City

    Click here and type in where you want to drop off your rental car. As you type, Expedia will suggest airports, cities / city districts, and/or points of interest nearby. Click one to select it.

    You can also just leave it as “Same as pick-up” if you’ll be dropping it off at the same place.

     

    Drop-Off Date

    Click here to select from a calendar pop-up the date on which you want to drop off your rental car.

     

    Drop-Off Time

    Click the drop-down menu to select a time at which you want to drop off your rental car.

     

    Car Type

    If you’re looking for a specific type of rental car, such as a convertible or sport utility vehicle, you can click the drop-down menu here to select it. Otherwise, you can leave it as “No Preference”.

     

    Rental Car Company

    If you have a preferred rental car company, such as Enterprise, Avis, or Thrifty, you can click the drop-down menu here to select it. Otherwise, you can leave it as “No Preference”.

     

    Discount Code

    You can the drop-down menu here and select an option if you have a way to get a discount through a corporate benefit or a special offer. Otherwise, leave it as “No, I don’t have a discount code”.

     

    Search

    When you’ve entered all of your information, click here to continue.

  3. In the next screen, you will see a chart with the different classes of cars and different rental car companies available. You can click the Prev or Next buttons in the top-right corner to see more options for companies, if there are any.  Click the option in the grid that you like to continue.

  4. There are two other main things you need to do to book your car rental. The first is deciding whether or not you want additional collision coverage. You can get additional coverage from Expedia, or you can get it straight from the rental car company, or just rely on your own auto insurance.  Click the respective buttons beside "Yes, add this plan" or "No, decline insurance" to make your choice.

  5. The second thing to do is enter your contact information so that Expedia or the rental car company can confirm your booking, and get in touch with you if need be.  Click on the box labelled "Driver Name" and type in your first and last name. Then click on the box labelled "Email Address" and type in the email address that you want Expedia to send your booking confirmation to.

    Finally, in the box labelled "Phone Number", click the flag to select your country from the drop-down menu, (so Expedia and the rental car company knows the country code to use if they need to phone you), then click the box beside the flag and type in your phone number.

  6. When you're done, it might not be a bad idea to read some of the legal stuff by clicking the links in blue in the screenshot below, in order to double-check what you're getting into. When you're really ready, click Complete Booking.

Congratulations on booking a rental car through Expedia! Now you'll be ready to get around town in style when you reach your next trip destination!

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