Returning a Rental Car Early

Returning a rental car early may result in a change in rate and/or an early return fee.

The rate you reserve and are given when you pick up your rental is based on the length of time that you provided when the rental agreement was created.  Any changes that you make to your proposed booking - such as changing your return location and/or return date - may affect your price.

In order to create a guide to return policies for a variety of companies, I called reservation reps for the following companies and asked about early returns.

I also checked out any policy details on their websites and rate checked various reservation rate quotes to determine different prices structures for different return times.


Below is the information that I found. (Note) all links open in a new window  ...

Alamo

According to the Alamo rep, the rate would change to a rate based on the new length of rental (it would be the current available and not necessarily the same or lower than the original rate) and there is no early return fee.


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Avis

According to the Avis rep, the rate would change to whatever the rate is at the time of return, for the new number of days of rental and there is no early return fee.

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Budget

According to the Budget rep, the rate would change to whatever the rate is at the time of return, for the new number of days of rental) and there is no early return fee.


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Dollar

According to a Dollar reservation rep, the rate is changed to the available rate for the new length of rental (not necessarily on the same rate sturcture or daily rate as you had for the original rental) and they do charge a $15 early return fee.

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Enterprise

According to the Enterprise rep, the rate would change to a new rate (based on the daily rate of your new rental length) and there is no early return fee.

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Fox

According to the Fox reservation rep, their policy for returning a car rental early is that when the vehicle is returned earler than the reserved rental period, it will result in a higher daily rate. The rate for the new number of days of the rental will be increased by $10.00 per day (not to exceed the estimated total for the original rental).

A little confusing, but as an example; If you had a 9 day rate of $19.99 per day (= base rate of $179.91) and returned the car after seven days, you would be still be charged $179.91). If you returned the car after only three days you would be charged $29.99 per day ( = a base rate of $89.97) for the three days.

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Hertz

on a prepaid rental (when you pay in advance when you book on Hertz.com) If you return the car early, they do not give a refund for the unused portion of your rental.

For a regular rental (not prepaid) there was no info on Hertz.com, so I contacted a Hertz reservation rep. Allero K, who told me "You would be charged for the days used and there is no early return fee." The new rate for the days used, may not be the same as the rate structure used for the original reservation.


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National

According to the National rep, According to the Enterprise rep, the rate would change to whatever the rate is at the time of return, for the new number of days of rental and there is no early return fee.


Payless

According to the Payless reservation rep, you would need to contact the specific payless location which you rented from, in order to determine their particular policy for returning a rental car early.


Thrifty

According to a Thrifty reservation rep, the rate is changed to the current available rate for your new rental length (not necessarily on the same rate sturcture or daily rate as you had for the original rental) and they do charge a $15 early return fee.


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