How to Extend Your Car Rental Reservation After Pick-up

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Whether you are taking a family vacation or a business trip, sometimes plans change and you might want to keep your rental car longer than your original reservation. It’s quick and easy to extend your rental period, but there are some things to keep in mind. First, be sure to call the rental car company if you want to extend your rental. Most rental car companies charge an extra fee, as much as $10 to $20 per day, if you return the car more than a day late without notifying them. Plus, in addition to that fee, you could be charged a higher daily rate than for the original portion of your rental. For some rental car companies you can simply call their toll-free number, and for others you need to call the rental location directly. If you check your rental contract you should be able to find the correct number to call.

Also keep in mind that there might be a little wiggle room in the rates when you call to extend your reservation. Once you tell the rental car company how much longer you need to keep the car, they will quote you a rate for that extended period. If that rate seems high, and especially if it’s higher than you are paying for the original reservation you made at, you can always say something like maybe you don’t need to extend the rental after all and will try another company. You’ll be amazed how often the rate might change after that. So be sure to inform the rental car company ahead of time if you want to extend your rental, and don’t be afraid to ask for a better rate.

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