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Cheap car rentals in North Carolina

Economy$28/day
Compact$30/day
Intermediate$30/day
Standard$33/day
Full-size$34/day
Minivan$33/day
Full-size SUV$43/day
Premium$37/day
Passenger van$51/day
Luxury$41/day
Pickup truck$36/day
Premium SUV$58/day
Supplier choice$31/day
Standard SUV$31/day
Compact SUV$33/day
Intermediate SUV$36/day
Luxury SUV$39/day
Open air all terrain$52/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in North Carolina

  • All vehicle occupants should be in a seatbelt when driving in North Carolina, while children under the age of eight or less than 80 pounds should be in a safety seat. Younger kids below five should be either in a forward-facing or rear-facing car seat, while those above five should transition to a booster seat before graduating to the adult seatbelt. If you don’t have your car seat with you, you can rent one from the rental counter.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the best attractions in North Carolina. If you’re driving up to the mountains, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, have enough gas. Most people don’t realize that driving up steep grades requires more fuel, and up in the mountains, gas stations and cellphone service are something of a rarity, and you don’t want to run out of gas there. Stay alert and use your headlights when required. Ensure you have your headlights on when driving at dusk or dawn, night, and when there is bad weather.
  • There are a few beaches in North Carolina, and a trip to these beaches is more than encouraged. Driving is allowed on most of the beaches in North Carolina. However, only all-terrain rentals and 4WD rentals will manage traveling on the beach with the beach’s soft sand. So, get yourself an AWD SUV or truck with enough space for your beach gear for a fun weekend on the shores of North Carolina.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in North Carolina for $43 or less
  • Book your rental car in North Carolina at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in North Carolina are around 3% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in North Carolina are around 89% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in North Carolina

  • Should I rent a car in North Carolina?

    You will need a North Carolina car rental for many reasons. First, renting a car saves you time. Unlike the bus, which operates on a fixed schedule, with a rental car, you’re free to plan your trip as you see fit. Rental cars also allow you to discover more. The bus operates on a fixed route, but you can drive off the pavement to North Carolina’s hidden gems with your own set of wheels. You also get comfort and convenience from a rental car. You don’t have to drag your luggage around, and you’ll have features like enough storage space, GPS, air conditioning, a great sound system, and comfortable seating.

  • What is driving like in North Carolina?

    Before getting behind the wheel of a North Carolina car rental, here are a few things you should know. You’re supposed to have your headlights on from dusk to dawn when visibility drops to less than 400 feet and when your windshield wipers are on due to inclement weather. It is illegal to use your cellphone when driving unless you’re using a hands-free kit. Stick to the speed limit at all times, and the limits in North Carolina are 20 to 35 mph within city limits, 55 to 60 mph on rural roads, and 50 to 70 mph on freeways. If you encounter a school bus with its lights flashing, all traffic on a two-lane road must stop until the bus is done. Finally, if you encounter an emergency vehicle on the shoulder, move one lane over if possible or slow down and let the emergency team work.

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

    You need to be at least twenty one to get a car rental in North Carolina. Most rental locations have this as their minimum age, with a few having it as twenty. You’ll also be required to provide a valid driver’s license and credit or debit card in your name before you’re allowed to rent a car. There is a daily surcharge for renters between twenty one and twenty four, and they won’t have access to all vehicle classes, including luxury and exotic rentals, full-size and premium SUVs, signature models, and large cargo and passenger van rentals. Also, the debit card form of payment can only be used by renters twenty five and over.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in North Carolina?

    On average a rental car in North Carolina costs $48 per day.

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

    Intermediate (Mazda CX-5 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in North Carolina.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in North Carolina?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($30/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($36/day).

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

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

  • Where should I rent a car in North Carolina?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in North Carolina are Gastonia (17% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in North Carolina), High Point (16%) and Chapel Hill (13%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in North Carolina?

    On average a rental car in North Carolina costs $337 per week ($48 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in North Carolina?

    On average a rental car in North Carolina costs $1,443 per month ($48 per day).

Car rental locations in North Carolina

Car rental directory

  • enterprise

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

    28 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in North Carolina

    11 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

  • silvercar

    Silvercar car rental locations in North Carolina

    1 Location

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$54/day

Good deal

$43/day

When to book a rental car in North Carolina

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