Out of all the car options, renting is probably the most popular. You can either pick up your rental car at the airport or from one of the car rental agencies in Jerusalem. The two main locations that have the majority of the car rental agencies are King David St. and Romema. There you can find Europcar (AKA Albar and Thrifty), Hertz, Avis, and SIXT.
You can either book it on the car rental agencies website, a third party website such as Kayak, or with a car rental agent. I highly recommend making reservations through an agent as opposed to the other two options as they factor in required car rental insurances such as liability into the final price as opposed to third party websites and the car rental agencies websites. Even when choosing options such as a “pay now”, when you pick the car up, they will charge you for liability. Another benefit to using an agent is that you don’t have to pay for insurance for Shabbos as opposed to if you book with a third party website, you don’t have that option. For my personal recommendation, see below.
When renting, it is advisable to use the car rental insurance benefit that comes with many credit cards (find out beforehand). In case you were wondering whether or not the credit card company actually covers damages, they did. I have experience in a few countries where I damaged the car and the credit card car rental insurance reimbursed me. In order to be covered, make sure to decline the car rental agencies’ insurance and charge the entire rental to your credit card that provides the insurance. The credit card insurance will cover Collison Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection (TP) but not Liability. If you do damage the car, make sure to get all the paperwork before you leave the office because the credit card company will require all the paperwork when you open a claim to use to the car rental insurance.
Picking up your car
When you go get your car, make sure to bring the following:
Blue slip you received from passport control
Credit Card with you name on it
When you return your car, if they claim certain damage such as scratches or dents were done by you, if it’s true, then tough luck. But if you’re certain they were there beforehand and the guy who checked you out missed them, then be firm with them and explain nicely that they were there before and you had no incidents. From experience, they will let you go.
To read about credit cards and their benefits, click here.