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Car Rental Smoking Policy

I've received a few emails requesting information about car rental smoking policy,  (usually looking for which providers will allow you to smoke in the vehicle) so I did some research. The information below is researched from the provider's websites with regards to smoking in rental cars - if information is provided.

Info  below is provided for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty and is based on research into each company's rental guidelines.

Please note, that as with all policies, I try to stay up to date... but that these can change at any time without notice. Always check with an individual company to verify any policy. See: Disclaimer


According to Alamo.com (opens in a new window) all Alamo vehicles are considered non-smoking rental cars. Additional cleaning fees may apply if a vehicle is returned in a condition where it would have to be carefully cleaned and deodorized due to smoking. You can find out more information on your rental car contract about this policy.

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Avis Car Rental Smoking Policy

Avis.com (opens in a new window) states: As of October 1, 2009, all vehicles in the Avis U.S. fleet are designated as non-smoking cars. Avis may apply a cleaning fee of up to $250 for violations to this policy -- Details can be found on your Avis rental contract.

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Budget Car Rental Smoking Policy

According to Budget.com (opens in a new window): All Budget vehicles are designated as non-smoking. Budget will charge a cleaning fee if the vehicle smells like it has been smoked in, when it is returned.

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According to Dollar.com (opens in a new window):

In 2011 Dollar made all vehicles in their US fleets (both corporate and licensee locations) non-smoking. A cleaning fee of up to $250 can be charged if a renter returns a vehicle that has been smoked in.

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According to Enterprise.com (opens in a new window):

All vehicles in the Enterprise fleet are considered non smoking rental cars. Cleaning fees may be charged if a vehicle is returned in a condition where it needs to be cleaned and deodorized due to being smoked in.

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Fox Smoking Policy

FoxRentaCar.com (opens in a new window)

I could find no information on their smoking polcy. Renters would need to check with a specific location to determine their particular rules.

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Hertz.com used to allow both smoking and non smoking rental cars... but

announced on July 22, 2013 that they are now implementing a completely smoke-free fleet.

They have also stated that a $100 cleaning fee will be charged on rentals where vehicles are returned with evidence that they have been smoked in. Non-smoking signs and stickers have been put in each vehicle.

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All vehicles rented from National are considered non-smoking.  Additional cleaning fees may apply if a rental vehicle is returned and needs to be extensively cleaned and deodorized due to smoking.


PaylessCar.com (opens in a new window)

There was no general information about smoking in the rental car provided. Renters should check policy with their preferred rental location.


According to Thrifty.com (opens in a new window):

On Janurary 4, 2011 Thrifty implemented a policy prohibiting smoking by renters at all U.S. corporate stores and participating franchise locations.

A cleaning fee of up to $250 may be charged to those who violate the Thrifty car rental smoking policy. More Thrifty Related Pages

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