How to Rent a Car in Spanish

Tired of wasting precious vacation time waiting on others? Wanna travel on your own terms? If so, knowing how to rent a car in Spanish is a skill you’ll definitely want to have mastered when you visit a Spanish-speaking place.

While going on a tour can be fun sometimes, you usually end up following someone else’s schedule, not spending enough time where you want to, or spending too much time where you don’t.

So today we are going to give you the tools and confidence to rent a car in Spanish. All phrases on this page are included in our video “How to Rent a Car in Spanish.” Make sure you check it out and practice them a few times before your trip and you’ll be ready to get exploring.

Getting a Quote and Making a Reservation by Phone.

  • “¿Me puedes ayudar con un presupuesto?” / “¿Me puede ayudar con un presupuesto? (usted form) - “Can you help me with a quote?”
  • “¿Qué tipo de vehículo?” - “What kind of vehicle?”
  • “Necesitamos uno económico.” - “We need an economic one”.
  • “Impuestos, kilometraje libre, y daños a terceros.” - “Taxes, unlimited miles or kilometers, and third-party liability insurance”.
  • “¿Me puedes ayudar con la reservación?” / ¿Me puede ayudar con la reservación?” (usted form) - “Are you able to help me with the reservation?”
  • “¿A nombre de quién?” - “Under what name?”
  • “¿Número telefónico?” - “Phone number?”
  • “Licencia de conducir vigente, identificación oficial y tarjeta de crédito.” - “Valid driver's license, official identification and credit card.”

Calling to Confirm a Reservation

  • “Estoy llamando para confirmar una reservación.” - “I’m calling to confirm a reservation”.
  • “¿Cuál es la clave?” - “What’s the reservation number?”
  • “¿A nombre de James?” - “Under the name James?”
  • “Se encuentra confirmada su reservación.” - “Your reservation is confirmed”.
  • “Acudir a la locación con sus documentos vigentes.” - “Go to the pick up location with your valid documents.”

Talking on the phone is probably the hardest thing you'll ever have to do when speaking a foreign language, but with practice you'll be miles ahead of the game. So get practicing!

May Larios

May Larios García is a Mexican English and Spanish teacher who grew up in a small town in the state of Colima, Mexico. She graduated from the School of Foreign Languages in Colima in 2010. She has been teaching English and Spanish as a Foreign and Second Language since the age of 18. She has worked with students of all ages and hopes to be able to keep helping others learn around the world.

    May enjoys visiting new places, meeting new people, and she can't wait to show you all the awesome places where Spanish is spoken. When she is not working, you can find her in the kitchen creating vegan recipes, sharing laughs with her friends, or at the closest tiangüis or mercado looking for the freshest produce.