10 Ways to Save on Your Miami Car Rental

Petr Novk

For cheap car rental in Miami, it’s usually beneficial to visit one of the airport’s car rental agencies. Based on my comparisons, this is where the prices are the lowest, perhaps due to high competition.

10 Ways to Save on Your Miami Car Rental

However, I don’t recommend relying solely on one agency. Instead, consider making a no-obligation quote from all rental companies in Miami. Simply use the form below:

Car Rental Price in Miami

The price of car rental in Miami is influenced by several factors and it constantly fluctuates:

⏳ Demand and Rental Duration

During periods of high demand, car rental prices may increase. Rental companies usually experience increased demand for rental cars during the summer months and around holidays when people travel more.

🗓️ Car Booking Dates

I recommend booking your car approximately two to three months before your planned pickup date, when prices tend to be lowest.

🗺️ Rental Car Pickup Location

Rental prices may vary between city centres and airports. I have compared rental rates depending on the location, and airport car rentals came out cheaper.

🏎️ Category of Car Booked

The cheapest cars belong to the economy class, which are typically smaller models with basic equipment. Mid-range cars are approximately 10% more expensive, and large SUVs are 25% more expensive compared to economy class cars. Convertibles are among the most expensive cars, costing up to 70% more.

🔞 Driver’s Age

Most car rental companies charge young drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 an additional fee of up to $255 per day. This is due to the increased risk of accidents. It can be very difficult for even younger drivers to rent a car.

☂️ Insurance Coverage

Only basic liability insurance is mandatory, which covers damage caused to other drivers. However, I recommend not skimping on insurance and paying extra for both breakdown cover and insurance against loss or damage to the car.

🛰️ Extras & Add Ons

GPS navigation, satellite car radio or child car seat cost extra.

Never book your car with the first company you come across. The likelihood that a given car rental company will end up being the most affordable is low. For instance, RentalCars.com compares prices from more than 200 car rental companies and also guarantees customers the lowest rental price.

The following table shows approximate prices for car rental in Miami for 24 hours. Compared to other cities in the USA, Miami is one of the cheapest.

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Cheap Car Rental Companies in Miami

Miami airport car rentals are among the most popular for those seeking to rent a car. Roughly 16 companies have their bases in a dedicated MIA Rental Car Center, with buses and an airport train ferrying people from all terminals to the center.

Specifically, the rental companies are Advantage Rent A Car, Alamo, All Day Rent A Car, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z Rent A Car, Firefly Car Rental, Hertz, National, Payless, P&P Family Auto Rental, Royal, Sixt Rent A Car, and Thrifty Car Rental.

Other rental companies are situated at the Port of Miami (Avis Car Rental, Budget Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hertz Rent A Car) and in the South Beach area. There, you will encounter Arena Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Thrifty Car Rental, National Car Rental, Avis Car Rental, and Hertz Rent A Car.

A number of other companies maintain smaller branches throughout Miami in areas like North Beach, and at the Intercontinental and Thunderbird Hotels. Interestingly, Enterprise Car Rental even has a branch in close proximity to Biscayne National Park.

Road Trip Tips Around Miami

In Miami, you’ll find not just beaches, but also national parks. Adjacent to the oceanfront, Biscayne National Park is barely a half-hour drive from downtown. It takes a little longer to reach Florida’s swampy Everglades, where you can park your car and embark on an adventure on hoverboards or robust Hummers.

If you venture to the southernmost point of Florida to Key West, you’ll find yourself at the southernmost point of the continental USA, with the opportunity to explore one of America’s most intriguing parks. However, don’t get too excited just yet; you can’t reach Dry Tortugas by car, you’ll need to arrange either a boat or a plane.

North of Miami, approximately a three and a half hour drive, is Orlando. If you’ve heard of this city, chances are it was in the context of theme parks. Home to Disney World, Sea World, Epcot, Legoland, Universal Studios, and Hollywood Studios, it’s essentially the theme park capital of the world for the whole family.