If you only want to rent a car on your own for a one-or-two-day excursion, you should first find a guarantor who has a Beijing hukou, and prepare the following materials for the car rental services: passport, Beijing driving license, deposit, your guarantor's hukouben and his or her ID card.
If you are a representative of a foreign company in Beijing and want to rent a car for long time use, the things you should prepare include the script of registration, a certificate and a letter of guarantee from your company headquarters, your employee card, ID card (a copy and the script) of the chief representative of your company's Beijing branch, and the seal. Note that if losses occur during the rental, you will be responsible.
How to rent and return
If you are determined to rent a car, go straight to the car rental company with the prepared materials. You will need to wait at most two days for verification of the documents.
After all your materials are checked and the company agrees to rent you the car, you can go there to select one. Then, sign the rental agreement and pay the deposit and rental charges. Then, the company will hand over your car and you can enjoy your auto trip.
When you return your car, the company will inspect the car's condition to make sure that you have not damaged it. After payment, your car rental agreement is closed, and the deal is done.
No car-return service from another city yet
Most companies do not allow you to rent cars in Beijing and return them in another city. "The cost is very high, including oil, tolls and others. Just imagine, if you drive to Shanghai, we have to drive it back. The cost will be included in the rental, which will be very high. That's why we don't have this service. Besides, this industry is not mature enough in China", said a staff member at the Northern Star Car Rental Company. She also mentioned that only low-level cars can be rented to foreigners. If you want a more comfortable car, you have to rent a driver from the company at the same time. Considering that foreigners are not familiar with Beijing's road conditions and traffic signs, the company makes this decision in order to protect its cars.
Two largest car rent company have many branch offices in Beijing.
Shenzhou Car Rent
1hai Car Rent
Avis - 安飞士汽车租赁
Introduction: Beijing has one Avis location and rents models such as the Shanghai GM Sail (RMB328 per day) to VW Passats (RMB 580+). Cars come daily mileage limits (usually 150 to 200 km) and there is an additional fee per km. Foreigners need a Chinese driver's license, a credit card and a passport with any visa designation except "L".
Add: 16, 1/F, 1 Dongzhimen Neidajie, Dongzhimen
Tel: 8406 3343
Introduction: One of the largest leasing companies in China and incorporates the best management and technology from both locally and overseas; Provides services for long vacations and weekend rentals; Offers foreign companies and representative offices with high end vehicles for business with foreign language speaking drivers.
Add: No 5, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6595 8109
Shouqi Car Rental - 首汽汽车租赁
Introduction: Beijing's largest car rental chain offers a large variety of models, though availability is spotty. Models come with limited mileage, typically 180km per day, and extra mileage is charged steeply (RMB 2 per kilometer).RMB 5,000 to RMB 15,000 is also required as a deposit, a Chinese driver's license is a must, and those without a Beijing resident's card (hukou) must find a city resident to be the guarantor for the rental.
Add1: Parking Lot of Chaoyang Park North Gate
Tel: 6435 3521
Add2: A3, Zaoyinglu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6592 0022
Northern Star Car Rental Company - 北辰汽车租赁
Add1: 14#, Anyuan Beili, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6489 8758/8518
Add2: Tower F, Wangjing Tower, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6475 2516
Add3: Tower R, Huiyuan Apartment, Chaoyang District
Tel: 8499 2878
Tong Li Da Car Rental - 通利达汽车租赁
Introduction: Tong Li Da mainly offers short- and long-term leases for famous domestic and foreign companies and government agencies with a large variety of brands to choose from, like BMW, Audi, Buick, Toyota, etc.
Add1: Rm.C, 4/F, Bldg B Hanhuayuan, No.52 Songyu Nanlu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 8731 0489
Add2: 5A Anding Lu, East Gate of Olympic Center, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6489 3311
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