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There are many reasons why you might want to visit Toronto. Maybe you’re going to visit family, or perhaps for business. Or, why not, maybe you are going to see what the city has to offer.

This bustling metropolis of nearly three million people lies at the heart of Ontario, Canada, and hosts many things that will draw in tourists, including a breathtaking skyline, world-class sports teams, and richly diverse culture.

No matter the reason, chances are that once you land in Toronto Pearson International Airport, you will need a vehicle to get around the city. At Car Booker, our friendly professionals can help you find the rental company that is best for your needs. By going through Car Booker, you will be able to find, compare, and book the car you want and that fits your budget.

This article will cover some of the basic information on how to book a car in Toronto, what to expect, and what you’ll need.

Cheap Car Rental in Toronto Pearson Airport

When looking to book a rental car, your best bet is to shop around first. Booking last minute is a sure way to be overcharged and potentially being left with a vehicle which doesn’t work for your requirements.

When it comes to renting a car, there are plenty of bells and whistles that can be added to the price and make it much more expensive than you were expecting.

The first step in looking for a cheap rental is to find a rental aggregator (such as Car Booker) that can show you your rental options and prices. While you might be tempted to rent that luxury car, it is important to keep in mind what you really need for your vehicle. To keep your costs as low as possible and only get what you need.

If you’re a couple on a weekend getaway, a small car is most likely the best option. If you’re driving the whole family perhaps you want to invest in a cool minivan.

Some companies offer add-ons, but will charge an extra fee for things like GPS, satellite radio, and a car seat. Most of these you can avoid by using your smartphone that is sure to be equipped with one. Or, if you have small children, consider bringing a compact car seat (such as the Mifold) if that’s an option for you.

Tips For Renting a Car From Toronto Pearson Airport

  1. Shop around. Before you book your car, check a few different places for the very best price and value for your rental.

  2. Book ahead as far as possible. The moment you know you are going on a trip to Toronto, it’s worth it to book your rental car. The further out you book your car, the better chance you have of getting a car that you like and getting the best price for your rental.

  3. Check your insurance before your trip. If you have personal auto insurance, call ahead to find out if you’re covered for a rental car in Toronto. In the province of Ontario, you are required by law to have a coverage of at least $200,000 third-party liability. If you don’t have private auto insurance, then some credit card plans have auto insurance included. If not, then the rental car company will be able to supply insurance.

  4. If you are going to be taking your car outside of Toronto, you may want to consider getting the built-in GPS or bringing your own, such as a Garmin. While your smartphone can be used for GPS, you may want to consider backup if you’re going to be somewhere without cell service or internet.

  5. Whatever car you get, make sure it is big enough to fit not only the people who are coming with you but everyone’s luggage as well.

  6. If you want to skip paying for satellite radio and would rather use your smartphone for music or a separate MP3 player instead, then make sure that you have the right cords with you to connect your device to the vehicle’s speakers. You can either call the rental company to find out, or you can do a quick google search of the vehicle’s make and model to see what kind of device ports they have.

  7. Some rental car companies will have extra fees if you don’t plan to return the car to the same location as you got it. Before you book, look into any additional fees that your car rental company has so that you can avoid them if possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Need To Rent A Car In Toronto?

There are four key things you’ll need before you rent a car in Toronto (and most of Canada):

  1. You will need to be at least 25 years old. In the case that you're not over 25, some rental companies allow you to pay a young driver fee.

  2. You will need a valid driver's license. The driver's license must have a photo, but don’t worry about the smile, that’s not a requirement.

  3. Some form of photo ID. While this can be your driver's license, you can use another form of ID, such as your passport. So long as it is a government-issued ID with a photo, it will work.

  4. You will need some form of payment. Different companies will accept slightly different forms of payment, so be sure to check ahead. In most cases, you'll be alright with a debit or credit card.

How Much To Rent A Car in Toronto?

Several factors go into the price of your rental:

  • Where you rented the car from

  • What type of car you rented

  • How long will you be renting the car?

  • Do you need insurance or any other protection?

  • Are there any other services that you will need from the rental company? This can include a car seat or GPS.

  • Do you need to make any changes to your reservation, such as the duration or location.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to fully know the price of your rental until you go through the process of booking it. For a rough idea, to rent a standard car (such as a Volkswagen Jetta) for a day would cost about $18, not including any insurance or extras.

How Old To Rent a Car in Toronto?

In Toronto, most car companies will let you rent a car by the age of 21. Renting at such a young age will come with some caveats, however. Between the ages of 21 to 24, you may find that your choices of vehicles are limited, and you may be subjected to a young driver's fee.

All rental car companies will let you rent a car after you see the quarter-century candles on your cake. By this age, any previous limitations will be lifted, and you will no longer be subjected to an additional fee.

What Rental Car Companies Are In Toronto?

There are six options for rental cars within Toronto Pearson Airport and an additional 17 nearby.

Rental car companies inside the airport include:

  • Avis

  • Budget

  • Dollar/Thrifty

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • Hertz

  • National/Alamo

Rental car companies that are nearby the airport include:

  • ACE Rent A Car

  • City Car and Truck Rental

  • Discount Car and Truck Rentals

  • Economy Rent A Car

  • Europcar

  • E-Z Car Rental

  • Fox Rent-A-Car

  • Iversta Rent A Car

  • Jet Car Rental

  • MEX Rent A Car

  • NU Car Rental

  • Routes Car and Truck Rental

  • SurPrice Car Rentals

  • Trans Canada Car Rental

  • Payless Car Rental

  • Peel Car and Truck Rental

  • Zoom Rent-A-Car

What Rental Car Insurance Do I Need To Drive In Toronto?

In Ontario (the province in which Toronto is found), all vehicles must have a minimum of $200,000 third-party liability insurance.

If you have your own private insurance that's valid within Canada, then that may be all you need. It would be a good idea to call your insurance provider before your trip to make sure that you are covered.

If you don't have your own insurance, then the rental car company that you work with will likely have its own insurance that will be included in the cost of your vehicle.

How to Rent a Car in Toronto If Under 25?

Most rental car companies will still rent you a vehicle if you are between the age of 21 and 24. If you can’t buy booze yet, you will likely not be able to rent a car in Toronto either.

Between the ages of 21 and 24, you may be subjected to additional fees as a young driver. Enterprise, for example, charges $20 a day for a young driver. Between the ages of 21 and 24, you may also be subjected to limitations on the vehicles you pick.

Using Enterprise as an example again, they allow young drivers to use Economy up to Full-Size cars, cargo vans, minivans, pickup trucks, and SUVs that are either compact, small, or standard.