Downeast Rental: What you need to know to get in and out fast

Whether you’re renting a car for a fun weekend getaway or just while your vehicle is in the shop, we want your experience renting from Downeast to be hassle free.  Here’s a quick look at what you need to rent with us, and what to expect so you can get in and out fast.

Age Requirements-Renters must be 25 years or older to secure a retail rental.  To rent for insurance replacement vehicles, or as a Downeast Service and Downeast Auto Body customer, renters must be 21 years or older.  Additional drivers on rental agreements must be 21 years of age or older as well, with the primary driver being 25 years or older.

A Valid Driver’s License– You must bring in your actual driver’s license when you come to arrange a rental agreement. We will not accept an expired driver’s license, a photocopy, email, or fax copy of your license.

Insurance– Most rental companies sell insurance to you to cover your rental. Depending on what insurances you opt into, it can get pretty expensive by the time you get your rental car. Downeast Rental does not sell you rental insurance. Instead, we require our renters to have full coverage insurance on their personal vehicle in order to rent with us. When we say ‘full coverage insurance on your personal vehicle,’ we mean that you have collision, comprehensive, and liability insurance on your personal vehicle.

Proof of Insurance– We need to see your insurance card to move forward with a rental agreement.

Credit Card- Your card must have an available credit line sufficient to cover your rental cost, plus a minimum of a $200.00 authorized deposit. You cannot use another person’s credit card to secure a rental; however, if the cardholder is present at the time of return, we may use their credit card for the final payment as long as proper identification is presented.


 Debit Cards- If you wish to pay by debit card, you must prequalify. Please contact our office at 866-613-8737 for more information on how to qualify for a rental using your debit card.

Sales Tax– We don’t want this to surprise you! In Maine, there is a 10% sales tax on renting vehicles. It is considered a luxury, even when you are renting because of an accident.

Acceptable Forms of Payment: A major credit card or a debit card in your name, must be presented at the time of rental. You can pay cash, personal check, credit or debit card at the time of return.

Weekend Specials– We offer lower rates for rentals during the weekend, Friday afternoon until Monday morning.

Additional Drivers– At Downeast rental there is no additional charge for additional drivers: however, they must qualify just like the renter. They must carry full coverage insurance on their personal vehicle and have a valid driver’s license.

Mileage Restrictions– We offer unlimited miles in New England (New England being the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rohde Island and Connecticut).

Towing– Most rental companies don’t allow towing. Downeast Rental does for a $50.00 fee for each rental agreement.

Finally, no smoking please. All of our rentals are nonsmoking. If signs of smoking are found, we do charge a minimum of a $200.00 smoke removal fee.

If you have any concerns or further questions about renting from Downeast Rental, we’d be happy to answer them! Give us a call at 866-613-8737.

Waaay Back to School Photo Contest Terms

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By posting a photo with @downeattoyota and/or #wayback2school you attest that you have read and agree to the terms of Downeast Toyota’s Way Back to School Contest. Photos entered into the contest become property of Downeast Toyota and may be used by Downeast Toyota for promotion of the Way Back 2 School Contest on all of Downeast Toyota’s social media accounts as photos or video compilations.

You must submit a photo post before 12:00am on 9/18/14 to be eligible for the contest prize. The winner will be selected through a drawing. The winner will be announced on all of Downeast Toyota’s social media accounts including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. The winner must come to Downeast Toyota to collect their prize no later than 10/1/14.

The contest prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Downeast Service Rewards Partner’s business of the winner’s choice. The Downeast Service Rewards Partners are as follows:

  • Leadbetter’s Super Stop
  • The Coach House
  • Kosta’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Results Physical Therapy
  • Dunkin Donuts
  •  Texas Roadhouse
  • Stonington’s Furniture &Flooring,
  • Cold Stone Creamery

Prize is not redeemable for cash.

Thank you for participating!