When to Get an Unlimited Mileage Rental Car

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Even though most rental cars companies now provide unlimited mileage as part of the standard rental agreement, that hasn’t always been the case and it’s still far from being a universal rule. It wasn’t all that long ago when unlimited mileage was not offered or came at a steep price. And even though most cars reserved through RentACarNow.com will include unlimited mileage, it still pays to read through all the details of your rental confirmation just to make sure. Especially with some of the smaller rental companies, there might be limits to the number of miles you can drive without having to pay a hefty fee, sometimes as much as .25 per mile for overages.

One other aspect of unlimited mileage to check is whether there are any restrictions. In some cases, the unlimited mileage doesn’t apply if you take the car into another state, although that is fairly rare (and hard for the rental car company to know about). There are often restrictions on bringing the car into another country, especially if you are considering crossing into Mexico. A good rule of thumb is to always ask about the mileage policy when you pick up the car so that there are no surprises when you return it. And in the case when you have a choice of rates between an unlimited mileage rental and limited mileage rental, some simple math will help you find the best rate. If the limited mileage rental is cheaper and you only plan on driving around town, then that’s probably the way to go. But if you are going to do any long distance driving, then opt for the unlimited mileage rental.

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