Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Calama car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Calama.
Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Calama car rental.
Some car hire companies in Calama which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Europcar and Avis
On average a hire car in Calama costs £40 per day.
The average price of fuel in Calama is £3.30 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £40 and £53, depending on the car size.
Standard (Kia Sportage or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Calama.
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A Standard car hire in Calama costs £37 per day, on average.
A Mini car hire in Calama costs £38 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car hire in Calama costs £58 per day, on average.
In Calama, cars are most frequently hired at Avis El Loa Airport (3 miles from city centre).
On average hiring a car in Calama costs £279 per week (£40 per day).
On average a car hire in Calama costs £1,196 per month (£40 per day).
As the streets may be in poor condition and some roads are merely dirt tracks, a truck or SUV is highly recommended. With a city car, passengers could feel sick quickly due to the unsteady roads, and there could even be damages to less robust cars. With an SUV, you gain good road grip without having to maneuver a bulky car.
Within city limits, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph) and there are some roads that permit 60 km/h (38 mph). Secondary rural roads allow up to 100 km/h (62 mph), but drivers should also take the road conditions into account. Freeways permit 120 km/h (75 mph) unless posted otherwise.
One liter of petrol in Calama costs around CH$800 ($1.17 USD, which is about $4.68 per US gallon). If you plan trips to one of the surrounding national parks, the Atacama Desert, or the geysers, make sure to fill up the tank beforehand, as petrol stations are a rare sight outside the city limits and you would not want to increase the risk of running out of petrol in the middle of nowhere.
Many hotels in Calama have hotels with their own parking lot, so ask your accommodation whether a spot for your hire car is included, as this is the easiest and most convenient way to find a parking space for your car. There are also public parking lots, like the Estacionamiento Progreso Calama, the Estacionamiento Centro, or the Carpe Diem parking lot, that are good options when leaving the hotel for the city.