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
AlamoAccording 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.
Avis Car Rental Smoking PolicyAvis.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.
Budget Car Rental Smoking Policy
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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.
EnterpriseAccording to Enterprise.com (opens in a new window):
Fox Smoking PolicyFox Rent a Car.com (opens in a new window)
HertzHertz.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.
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