Renting a Car in Denver: Your Questions Answered

There are many reasons Denver is a top destination in the United States for English students. Besides being one of the major cities in the West, we are located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains. For tourists, this means we have access to some of the most scenic national parks and towns in the country.  Many students choose to rent a car so that they can see as much of Colorado as possible. Here are a few tips that we have learned over the years from helping students with their car rentals:

  • On average, a weekend rental costs between $150-$200 with GPS and insurance included. So, get a group of classmates together and share the cost (a great way to practice your English as well).
  • Online deals may seem great, but there is often a limit on miles. Once you exceed the limit (usually 300 miles) you can be charged 25 cents per mile.  Look for deals that offer unlimited miles.
  • There are different types of protection you can carry on a rental car:
    • Personal Accident Insurance covers the driver and passengers with benefits such as medical care in case of an accident.
    • Damage Waiver covers damages to the car. This can include anything from a scratched door to totaling the car. This is the type of coverage that is most commonly recommended.
    • Roadside Assistance covers issues that can come up while driving such as getting a flat tire, the battery dying, running out of fuel or getting locked out.
    • Supplemental Liability Protection provides further coverage in case of an accident. In the event that you cause damage to another car, this protection would provide coverage to them.
  • In the United States there is an extra charge for drivers under the age of 25 to rent a car.
  • Most rental cars do not come equipped with GPS, but for an extra charge you can add one. In Colorado, with our winding roads, this would be money well spent!
  • Make a plan to maximize your rental:
    • Many of Colorado’s sights are quite close and can be visited on the same day. Your teachers, host families, and BridgeEnglish staff all have experience and can offer advice on what sights to visit.
    • You can even plan to stay outside of Denver for entire weekends, as many towns offer great lodging options!
  • Rental companies charge a lot for gas, so make sure you return the car with the same level of fuel as when they rented it to you.
  • The rental company should examine the car with you at the time of rental. Make sure you look for any damage before you drive away. They may charge you if there is any damage to the vehicle when you return it, even if that damage was already there when you got it if you didn’t point it out to them at the time.

Most of all: have fun! Colorado has so much to offer any time of the year and the staff at BridgeEnglish is always here to help you with all of your car rental questions.There are many reasons Denver is a top destination in the United States for English students. Besides being one of the major cities in the West, we are located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains. For tourists, this means we have access to some of the most scenic national parks and towns in the country.  Many students choose to rent a car so that they can see as much of Colorado as possible. Here are a few tips that we have learned over the years from helping students with their car rentals:

  • On average, a weekend rental costs between $150-$200 with GPS and insurance included. So, get a group of classmates together and share the cost (a great way to practice your English as well).
  • Online deals may seem great, but there is often a limit on miles. Once you exceed the limit (usually 300 miles) you can be charged 25 cents per mile.  Look for deals that offer unlimited miles.
  • There are different types of protection you can carry on a rental car:
    • Personal Accident Insurance covers the driver and passengers with benefits such as medical care in case of an accident.
    • Damage Waiver covers damages to the car. This can include anything from a scratched door to totaling the car. This is the type of coverage that is most commonly recommended.
    • Roadside Assistance covers issues that can come up while driving such as getting a flat tire, the battery dying, running out of fuel or getting locked out.
    • Supplemental Liability Protection provides further coverage in case of an accident. In the event that you cause damage to another car, this protection would provide coverage to them.
  • In the United States there is an extra charge for drivers under the age of 25 to rent a car.
  • Most rental cars do not come equipped with GPS, but for an extra charge you can add one. In Colorado, with our winding roads, this would be money well spent!
  • Make a plan to maximize your rental:
    • Many of Colorado’s sights are quite close and can be visited on the same day. Your teachers, host families, and BridgeEnglish staff all have experience and can offer advice on what sights to visit.
    • You can even plan to stay outside of Denver for entire weekends, as many towns offer great lodging options!
  • Rental companies charge a lot for gas, so make sure you return the car with the same level of fuel as when they rented it to you.
  • The rental company should examine the car with you at the time of rental. Make sure you look for any damage before you drive away. They may charge you if there is any damage to the vehicle when you return it, even if that damage was already there when you got it if you didn’t point it out to them at the time.
  • Most of all: have fun! Colorado has so much to offer any time of the year and the staff at BridgeEnglish is always here to help you with all of your car rental questions.

There are many reasons Denver is a top destination in the United States for English students. Besides being one of the major cities in the West, we are located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains. For tourists, this means we have access to some of the most scenic national parks and towns in the country.  Many students choose to rent a car so that they can see as much of Colorado as possible. Here are a few tips that we have learned over the years from helping students with their car rentals:

  • On average, a weekend rental costs between $150-$200 with GPS and insurance included. So, get a group of classmates together and share the cost (a great way to practice your English as well).
  • Online deals may seem great, but there is often a limit on miles. Once you exceed the limit (usually 300 miles) you can be charged 25 cents per mile.  Look for deals that offer unlimited miles.
  • There are different types of protection you can carry on a rental car:
    • Personal Accident Insurance covers the driver and passengers with benefits such as medical care in case of an accident.
    • Damage Waiver covers damages to the car. This can include anything from a scratched door to totaling the car. This is the type of coverage that is most commonly recommended.
    • Roadside Assistance covers issues that can come up while driving such as getting a flat tire, the battery dying, running out of fuel or getting locked out.
    • Supplemental Liability Protection provides further coverage in case of an accident. In the event that you cause damage to another car, this protection would provide coverage to them.
  • In the United States there is an extra charge for drivers under the age of 25 to rent a car.
  • Most rental cars do not come equipped with GPS, but for an extra charge you can add one. In Colorado, with our winding roads, this would be money well spent!
  • Make a plan to maximize your rental:
    • Many of Colorado’s sights are quite close and can be visited on the same day. Your teachers, host families, and BridgeEnglish staff all have experience and can offer advice on what sights to visit.
    • You can even plan to stay outside of Denver for entire weekends, as many towns offer great lodging options!
  • Rental companies charge a lot for gas, so make sure you return the car with the same level of fuel as when they rented it to you.
  • The rental company should examine the car with you at the time of rental. Make sure you look for any damage before you drive away. They may charge you if there is any damage to the vehicle when you return it, even if that damage was already there when you got it if you didn’t point it out to them at the time.
  • Most of all: have fun! Colorado has so much to offer any time of the year and the staff at BridgeEnglish is always here to help you with all of your car rental questions.

There are many reasons Denver is a top destination in the United States for English students. Besides being one of the major cities in the West, we are located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains. For tourists, this means we have access to some of the most scenic national parks and towns in the country.  Many students choose to rent a car so that they can see as much of Colorado as possible. Here are a few tips that we have learned over the years from helping students with their car rentals:

  • On average, a weekend rental costs between $150-$200 with GPS and insurance included. So, get a group of classmates together and share the cost (a great way to practice your English as well).
  • Online deals may seem great, but there is often a limit on miles. Once you exceed the limit (usually 300 miles) you can be charged 25 cents per mile.  Look for deals that offer unlimited miles.
  • There are different types of protection you can carry on a rental car:
    • Personal Accident Insurance covers the driver and passengers with benefits such as medical care in case of an accident.
    • Damage Waiver covers damages to the car. This can include anything from a scratched door to totaling the car. This is the type of coverage that is most commonly recommended.
    • Roadside Assistance covers issues that can come up while driving such as getting a flat tire, the battery dying, running out of fuel or getting locked out.
    • Supplemental Liability Protection provides further coverage in case of an accident. In the event that you cause damage to another car, this protection would provide coverage to them.
  • In the United States there is an extra charge for drivers under the age of 25 to rent a car.
  • Most rental cars do not come equipped with GPS, but for an extra charge you can add one. In Colorado, with our winding roads, this would be money well spent!
  • Make a plan to maximize your rental:
    • Many of Colorado’s sights are quite close and can be visited on the same day. Your teachers, host families, and BridgeEnglish staff all have experience and can offer advice on what sights to visit.
    • You can even plan to stay outside of Denver for entire weekends, as many towns offer great lodging options!
  • Rental companies charge a lot for gas, so make sure you return the car with the same level of fuel as when they rented it to you.
  • The rental company should examine the car with you at the time of rental. Make sure you look for any damage before you drive away. They may charge you if there is any damage to the vehicle when you return it, even if that damage was already there when you got it if you didn’t point it out to them at the time.
  • Most of all: have fun! Colorado has so much to offer any time of the year and the staff at BridgeEnglish is always here to help you with all of your car rental questions.

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