Are You Looking to Return Your Rental Early or Late?

Saturday, October 12, 2013@ 8:21 AM
Author: Steve Parquet

luxuryIf you’re already well into your vacation and you’ve discovered that you need to modify the terms of your rental – you’re not alone. Many vacationers in Hawaii find that they need to either shorten or extend their rental term for various reasons. If you’re interested in either extending or shortening your car rental, this entry will help shine some light on a few important points that you should keep in mind. Remember – every car rental service is unique and not all of them follow the same policies. If you have a specific question in mind, please be sure to contact your rental company directly.

Returning Early

If you’re planning on cutting your trip short for whatever reason, know that you do have options for returning your rental car earlier than expected. These early returns typically don’t apply to scenarios where the car is returned just an hour or two beforehand, but instead at least a day in advance of the due date. You may need to make special arrangements or pay a fee that is associated with this unexpected scenario. However, you typically won’t run into any major issues with an early return of the vehicle.

Returning Late

If you’re going to be spending a bit more time than anticipated on the islands, there’s a good chance that you may need to extend your rental period. It’s a good idea to get in touch with your rental company absolutely as soon as possible when you know this is going to be the case. Some companies will charge you a daily fee, and others will charge you this fee IN ADDITION to a penalty charge. Keep in mind that some rental companies are very tightly booked, especially around peak travel times, and you may be penalized extra for a late return in scenarios like this.

Every Company is Different

Every rental company is going to define things slightly differently. While some aren’t going to penalize you greatly, others may have totally different policies. If you have questions about whether the rental service you’ve chosen has “overstay”, “late”, or “overtime” fees, or whether or not you will be penalized for an early return – your best option will always be to call the service directly. Remember, the sooner you can contact the company to get specific details that pertain to your situation – the sooner you can get the instructions and information you need to successfully complete your rental (whenever that may be!).

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