How to Avoid Extra Time Charges on Your Rental Car

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It’s easy to lose track of time when you travel, especially when you go to a different time zone. So when it comes to picking up or dropping off your rental car, you might think that a couple hours won’t make much difference. But in fact, sometimes just a two or three hour difference can end up costing you a full day’s rental fee. While you might think a day has 24 hours in it, that’s not really the case in the rental car world. If you pick up a car at 10 a.m. on Friday and return it at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the rental car company is going to charge you for three full days. However, if you had returned it three hours earlier at 10 a.m., then it would have only been two days.

Make sure you keep that in mind and if your plans are flexible, try to time your pick-up and return so that you don’t pay for an extra day when you only have the car a few extra hours (most rental car companies will charge an hourly rate for the first two or three hours in excess of a 24-hour period, and then after that it goes to a full day charge). Maybe you can return to the airport a little early and do some shopping or have a meal if that allows you to save a rental car day. Just because you saved money on your rental at doesn’t mean that you need to pay more for just a few hours of a day.

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