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Detroit is a city in the state of Michigan, in the Great Lakes region of the US, near the Canadian border. The city has an amazing musical heritage and was also once a major centre of car manufacturing. Nowadays, it’s becoming a magnet for entrepreneurs and alternative businesses. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Michigan, Ann Arbor, Flint and Toledo.
If you’re arriving via Windsor Airport then it’s an eight -mile drive by rental car to Detroit. En route, you will cross the Detroit river, which separates Canada and the US. The 32-mile long river flows from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie.
Finding a hire car in Detroit is simple. You can rent a car from a range of providers at both Windsor Airport and within the city itself. Detroit has a number of paid parking facilities, including Bagley Avenue Parking, E Larned Street Parking and Roof. Detroit also has a wide variety of hotels to suite a range of budgets, including MotorCity Casino Hotel, Atheneum Suite Hotel and Best Western Greenfield Inn. Many hotels offer free parking for guests so do check before booking.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Dollar, Alamo and Thrifty. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
There is much to see and do by hire car in Detroit. Nicknamed ‘Motor City’ because of its car industry heritage, Detroit is also the home of the legendary Motown record label. Nowadays, the city is experiencing a rebirth in the form of the many independent and alternative businesses that are making their home there. Places to visit by rental car in Detroit include the Motown Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fox Theatre performing arts space and Comerica Park, where you can watch the legendary Detroit Tigers baseball team at play in the summer. Belle Island Park on the Detroit river is a perfect day escape and includes a zoo, nature centre, aquarium, golf course, casino and garden.
Ann Arbor is a 45-mile drive from Detroit by hire car. This leafy city is nicknamed ‘Tree Town’ and was founded in the 19th century. It’s home to the prestigious University of Michigan and has a delightfully artsy, bookish feel. Key attractions include the University of Michigan campus, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Buhr Park, the Nichols Arboretum, Cobblestone Farm and Museum, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, which is aimed at children, and Graffiti Alley, an urban art space. Quirkier attractions include Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, a shop selling everything you need to build your own robot, and Ann Arbor’s ‘Fairy Doors’, magical little doorways dotted in walls across the city that open into miniature landscapes.
Lake Eerie is an 89-mile drive from Detroit. With shores that stretch to Canada, it’s one of the five great lakes in North America and the 13th largest in the world. At the Michigan end of the lake is the 1,300-acre Sterling State Park, which has over one mile of sandy beach and six miles of walking trails to explore.
Traffic in Detroit can get very congested, so perhaps aim to travel at quieter times. Plan ahead when driving through Michigan in winter, as conditions can be very icy. Remember that the US is right-hand drive and also keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Michigan ones before your visit.
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You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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