Grace Period for Returns &
Car Rental Late Charges 

Some car rental companies offer a grace period for returns and some do not.

It used to be that car rental companies would give you an hour leeway for a late return. 

This is no longer an option!

 Below is the information that I've gathered regarding late returns, grace periods for returning your rental car and hourly rates for late charges- if listed by the provider in question.

Keep in mind that with late returns,| when overtime is accrued, an extra day's charge applies for any optional items (insurances, additionaldriver fees, car seats, gps, etc), plus taxes and fees.

*Note: Car rental companies can modify policy at any time; I make every attempt to maintain up-to-date info, but always check with an individual company to verify any policy. See:Disclaimer

Alamo

Alamo.com

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Avis

According to

Avis.com

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Avis offers no grace period for returns. Beyond the 24-hour, minimum daily rate period, an hourly rate is charged and calculated as half the daily rate plus $.01. For example, a daily rate of $30.00 would equate to an hourly rate of $15.01. If a rental exceeds a 24-hour period by 1.5 hours, a 2-day charge will apply.

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Budget

According to 

Budget.com

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 There is a 29-minute grace period for returns. If you are 30 minutes late, an hourly  charges and taxes applies. The hourly rate is normally a third of the daily rate.  After 90 minutes late,  a full-day late charges and taxes is applied. If you are 7 hours late or more and  didn't call to extend your rental, an additional $10/day late fee applies. NOTE: There is no grace period for rental fees, surcharges and optional equipment or protections charges. Full-day late charges applies for to those.

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Dollar

According to

Dollar.com

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Rentals that are returned late ( beyond 30 minute grace period) may be subject to extra hour and/or extra day charges, in addition to any other rental charges that apply.


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Enterprise

According to

Enterprise.com

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 There is a 29 minute grace period on daily rentals.  If a rental  is returned after that, but within 2 hours of the time it was rented,extra hourly fees apply. (Fees can vary by location; check with your preferred pickup location for more info on their particular late charge per hour). If a rental is returned 2 or more hours from the time it was rented on a subsequent day, an additional days charge will be applied.

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Fox

According to

Fox Rent a Car.com

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There is a 59 minute grace period for late returns. You are charged an hourly rate if you are 1-3 hours late. After 3 hours, a full day charge may be charged.

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Hertz

According to

Hertz.com

 there is a 29-minute grace period when returning a car late. After 30 minutes late, hourly charges will apply. The hourly rate is calculated at 80% of the daily rate. If the rental is more than 30 minutes late, but less than one hour and 30 minutes late, there will be an extra one hour charge. If the vehicle is one hour and 30 minutes late or more, an extra day is charged.

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National

According to nationalcar.com  there is  a 29 minute grace period for daily rentals. If a return is made after that, but within 2 hours of the time it was rented,extra hourly fees apply. (Fees can vary by location; check with your preferred pickup location for more info on their particular late charge per hour). If a rental is returned 2 or more hours late, an additional days charge will be applied.

Payless

According to

PaylessCar.com

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There is a 29 minute grace period... after that an hourly charge will apply from minute 1 of the late return.

Silvercar


According to 

Silvercar.com they offer a grace period is 59 minutes beyond the scheduled return time on your rental contract. After the grace period, the following charges apply:

60 - 119 minutes = 25% of the daily rate

120 - 179 minutes = 50% of the daily rate

180 - 239 minutes = 75% of the daily rate

240 minutes or more = 100% of the daily rate.

Additional charges are also subject to applicable taxes and fees.

Thrifty

According to 

Thrifty.com

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No grace period for returns. No set calculation was set for the hourly rate. I would suggest that you research either online or contact Thrifty's toll free line and speak to a representative.

(866) 957-0058

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