USA Car Rental One-Way Fees.
It’s a fact of life I am afraid, that apart from Florida and California, when picking up your US car hire in one city/state and dropping off in another you are going to have to pay a one-way fee to cover the cost of the rental supplier moving their cars around the country.
The fee is paid locally in USD at the rental desk of your pick up location. It is effectively compensation to the company for displacing its fleet, as there are costs involved in returning the vehicles unless in a particularly transient location such as Florida or California. Because it goes straight to the depot that is being inconvenienced, it cannot be included in your pre-paid rental voucher. It also cannot be paid in cash, as depots have no facilities to store cash these days.
One way rentals therefore are completely free within the state of Florida. One way rentals are usually free within the state of California, but San Francisco is regarded differently. The website displays one-way fees before you book your car.
The city of New York is split between the state of New York and the state of New Jersey. One way car rentals within New York city but between the states are usually free of charge. This is confirmed on the website before you book.
Different suppliers have different rates and below is a guide to what you will have to pay, please be aware though that there will be State and local taxes to pay on the rate.
As a general rule, the following charges apply:
- 0-200 miles = $99
- 201-500 miles = $150
- 501- 1000 miles = $300
- 1001+ miles = $500
National Car hire has a blanket fee of $399 regardless of the distance. It may be worth looking at National cars when considering a longer road trip.
One way car rentals in Canada are on a similar principle. However, not all locations allow one way rentals. Please check with us before you book your car.
As a general rule the following fees apply – in CAD – Canadian Dollars.
- 0-50 miles = $50CAD
- 51-300 miles = $199CAD
- 301-800 miles = $300CAD
- 801-1600 miles = $500CAD
- 1601-2500 miles = $750CAD
- 2501+ miles = $1000CAD