Budget Rent A Car was founded in 1958 in Los Angeles by Morris Mirkin. The company name is chosen to appeal to the "budget‐minded" or “value‐conscious” renter. Today, with approximately 3,150 locations in more than 120 countries, Budget is a leading rental car supplier competing within value‐conscious segments of the industry in the United States and other regions, and as a premium brand in Canada, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. Our continued industry success is a direct reflection of the solid leadership of the Avis Budget Group management team.
Our mission is to consistently deliver a quality product, friendly service and great value that make customers confident that Budget is their best car rental choice.
Smart Products for Rental Cars
When you hit the road, customize your rental car to fit your needs. Our products offer you both time savings and convenience when you're away from home.
Where2™ provides step‐by‐step guidance to addresses, hotels and attractions while you're en route – all with a touch of the screen. And now we've enhanced service to include downloadable flight status information (within MSN Direct coverage areas). This innovative feature provides on‐time, delayed, redirected, landed or cancelled flight information, as well as up‐to‐date departure and arrival schedules.
Purchase any of our optional insurance coverages and protect yourself against damage or theft during your rental.
Stranded on the highway? Forgot to put gas in the tank? Locked the keys in your rental car? Next time you reserve with Budget, add nationwide Roadside SafetyNet product for a more hassle‐free driving experience. This optional assistance service provides coverage at a reasonable additional daily charge. In the unlikely event of operational difficulty or unexpected emergency we'll bring you fast, reliable assistance – especially helpful when you're in an unfamiliar city.
Important information for car renters with disabilities – all you need to know about TDD, hand controls, wheelchair‐accessible cars and additional drivers.
Electronic Toll Payment
From Maine to Florida, and as far west as Colorado, zip through toll ways with e‐Toll™. On participating roadways, your toll will be collected automatically, and charges will appear on your credit card statement. To get e‐Toll for your next rental, simply inquire at the rental counter for information on how to opt‐in to this service.
Everybody likes choices! Now you can decide whether to refill your own rental car fuel tank or leave the refueling to us. If you'd like us to refuel the car for you at reduced per‐gallon prices (at participating locations), simply select "Fuel service option" as a rental option in Step 3 of the online car rental reservation process. In this case, the fuel price would not be included in your reservation total. You would simply need to agree to the prevailing market fuel rate and pay at rental time.
Child Safety & Booster Seats
There's no substitute for safety, especially when you're transporting children. Each time you reserve a Budget rental car, be sure to request a safety seat for each youngster traveling with you. Child safety seats are about $13/day with a maximum of $65 USD per car rental. Always use a rear‐facing infant seat for an infant up to 22 pounds; toddler seat for a child up to 40 pounds; and child booster seat for a child over 40 pounds. Due to liability issues, Budget personnel are not permitted to install child safety seats into vehicles for customers.
Imagine driving along, listening to commercial‐free music from nearly every genre – all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, kids' programming, news and much more. All in one place, with coast‐to‐coast coverage. XM packages are available in most Budget rental cars in the U.S.
Smart Car Rental Perks
100% Smoke‐Free Fleet
It’s a breath of fresh air! Now you’ll enjoy your rental more than ever because Budget maintains a smoke‐free fleet in the U.S. and Canada, and any type of smoking (pipe, cigarette and cigar) is strictly prohibited. It’s one more smart service that makes it easy to rent like a genius!
No more searching for your receipt! With Budget's e‐Receipt service, every time you rent, we'll automatically send a copy of your receipt to the e‐mail address on your reservation. Street Make/Model Choice – Street Fleet Dreaming of a sporty Pontiac Solstice convertible? Ready to cruise in a smooth‐riding Cadillac STS? You want more rental car choices – Budget’s Street Fleet has them. One‐Way Car Rental
Convenient and affordable, one‐way rentals allow you to rent in one place and return in another – often with unlimited mileage. Simply de‐select "I'll return car to pick‐up location" and enter your return location in our online reservation process.