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Cheap car rentals in Tennessee

Full-size SUV$42/day
Pickup truck$39/day
Premium SUV$44/day
Intermediate SUV$28/day
Compact SUV$31/day
Standard SUV$32/day
Supplier choice$33/day
Open air all terrain$74/day
Luxury SUV$83/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Tennessee

  • If you’re driving in Tennessee, the driver and front passenger must wear a seatbelt at all times. Passengers in the back row must also wear seatbelts at all times if they’re seventeen and below. Kids less than a year old should be restrained in a rear-facing car seat, while those between one and three need to be secured in a forward-facing car seat. If your child is below eight and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches, they should be in a booster seat. You can rent each of these child-restraint devices at any Tennessee car rental.
  • Traffic can be frustrating, especially during rush hour. The rush hour in Tennessee is usually between 7:00 and 9:00 am for the morning rush and 4:00 to 6:00 pm for the evening rush. Plan your trip around these hours to avoid being caught up in the Tennessee traffic. If caught up in it, many cities in Tennessee have high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes on major highways and interstates, which are open to vehicles with at least two passengers and allow you to get through the traffic much faster. They are also available to motorcycles and electric or hybrid cars, making it a good idea to rent an electric vehicle in Tennessee.
  • You can book your Tennessee car rental using debit or credit cards. American Express, Discover Network, VISA, and MasterCard cards will be readily accepted, as long as the credit card is in your name and presented alongside your valid driver’s license. For debit card users, you need to be at least twenty five and ready to be taken through a creditworthiness check. Also, only debit cards bearing MasterCard and VISA logos are readily accepted. Cash is not accepted when booking rentals in Tennessee but will be taken when clearing any balances at the end of your rental period.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Tennessee for $52 or less
  • Book your rental car in Tennessee at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Tennessee are around 35% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in Tennessee are around 60% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Tennessee

  • Should I rent a car in Tennessee?

    Renting a car is a good way to get around Tennessee, providing an easy way of accessing most parts of the region. While the public transit system in Tennessee is adequate, it doesn’t offer the flexibility and reach that you may need when visiting the region. Renting a car opens up the possibilities of things you can do and see in Tennessee. Moreover, it allows you to discover more, as now you can reach smaller towns and the region’s hidden gems. A Tennessee car rental also gives you comfort and convenience; you can easily bring your luggage along, and you get great tech and entertainment features in your car, including GPS navigation, Bluetooth, and air conditioning.

  • What is driving like in Tennessee?

    Before you’re on the road in your new Tennessee rental car, there are a few things you need to know. First, don’t use your cellphone while driving unless you’re using a hands-free kit. Always yield to emergency vehicles with their lights flashing, including fire trucks, ambulances, and police vehicles. The Tennessee region has a growing number of bike lanes, and drivers should stay off the bike lanes. If driving in a fog, reduce your speed and turn on the low beam headlights. Most roads also have a fog line on the right that you can follow very carefully. Maintain a safe distance between your car and the one ahead. The speed limits in Tennessee are as follows: 30 mph within city limits, 35 to 65 mph on undivided rural roads, 55 to 65 mph on divided rural roads, and 55 to 70 mph on freeways within and outside city limits.

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

    You need to be at least twenty one to be eligible for a Tennessee rental car. As you book your rental, you’ll be required to present your valid driver’s license and credit card in your name. Drivers below twenty five are regarded as young drivers, and there’s a young driver’s surcharge applied daily on their rentals. Moreover, young drivers don’t have access to all vehicle classes, including full-size and premium SUVs, commercial and passenger van rentals, and luxury and exotic rentals.

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

    On average a rental car in Tennessee costs $50 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Tennessee?

    Compact (Toyota Prius c or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tennessee.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Tennessee?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Sixt ($26/day), Budget ($28/day) and Hertz ($30/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in Tennessee?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Tennessee are Alamo (8.7, 125 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.0, 194 reviews), and Budget (7.1, 265 reviews).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Tennessee?

    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 Tennessee?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Tennessee are Nashville (67% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Tennessee), Knoxville (24%) and Clarksville (2%).

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

    On average a rental car in Tennessee costs $450 per week ($64 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Tennessee costs $1,930 per month ($64 per day).

Car rental locations in Tennessee

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  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Tennessee

    39 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Tennessee

    27 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Tennessee

    14 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Tennessee

    11 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Tennessee

    3 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in Tennessee

    3 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Tennessee

    2 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in Tennessee

    2 Locations

  • national

    National car rental locations in Tennessee

    2 Locations

  • advance

    Advance Car And Truck Rental car rental locations in Tennessee

    1 Location

  • advantage

    Advantage car rental locations in Tennessee

    1 Location

  • bandago

    Bandago car rental locations in Tennessee

    1 Location

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