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Car Rental Tips and Restrictions

rental car restrictions

Your rental car may feel like your domain once you’re behind the wheel but think of it like staying in a hotel room: there are certain car rental rules and possible restrictions to bear in mind. Heed these car rental tips to avoid any issues.

  • Towing: Your rental company may not permit you to attach a hitch, or do any kind of towing, with your vehicle. However, towing may be allowed with certain vehicle categories, such as pickup trucks.
  • Using a ferry: If your trip itinerary includes a trip on a ferry, it’s important to check that this is fine with your rental car company and that it doesn’t affect your insurance policy.

SUV off roading

  • Off-road use: Don’t be caught off guard by this one – driving off-road is often prohibited by the terms and conditions of the rental, even to customers renting SUVs. The use of paved roads only will often be specified, and not abiding by this rule can nullify the contract and invalidate your insurance.
  • Crossing borders: Are you intending to drive out of the United States for part of your trip? Check with the rental car company. Going to Canada shouldn’t be an issue – although there may be restrictions on certain vehicle categories. Some rental car company branches entirely forbid crossing into Mexico, while others will expect additional insurance cover.

Is a Pet-Friendly Car Rental Available?

puppy in car

Taking your 4-legged friend with you on your road trip? That shouldn’t be a problem. As traveling with dogs has become increasingly popular, companies are generally fine with customers bringing pets along for the ride but do check their specific pet policy.

Some pet-friendly car rental companies may ask that your animal is kept crated during trips. All will expect you to keep the vehicle free of pet hair. Otherwise, you do run the risk of incurring cleaning fees.

The information provided in this guide was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change at any time. Please check your car rental company’s terms for the latest information.


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