Understanding Drop Charges for Your Rental Car

Friday, September 20, 2013@ 9:21 AM
Author: Steve Parquet

When renting a car on your Hawaiian vacation, you may imagine that there are going to be some regulations and rules that you must follow. These aren’t meant to complicate things, but simply to ensure that the business is run in an efficient and consistent manner. Each company will have different policies regarding car rental drop charge rates, so be sure to inquire what the rental company you’ve chosen to go with charges. While some may have these rates, others may not. It simply depends on how they run things.

So what exactly are drop charge rates? Essentially, these fees come into play when you pick up your rental car from one location and drop it off at another. This may happen for a number of different reasons, but it’s a common practice that many travelers have to use.

Be Responsible

In order to avoid additional fees that could have been prevented, it’s important that you really exercise great responsibility when it comes to your rental car. If you leave your car in an unauthorized location, even if it’s nearby to where it needs to be, you could be slammed with fees like towing costs and parking violations. Not ONLY will you have to pay for the drop fee, but you’ll also have to pay the fine, ticket, or impound cost associated with the park job you carried out. It’s very preventable, so make sure that you don’t put yourself in this very unfortunate situation.

Consider After/Before Hours Drop Off

Many companies will save you the hassle of having to deal with a drop charge rate by giving the option to drop off your vehicle before or after business hours. There is a special process for this and it often needs to be arranged ahead of time, but it can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Plan around things like flight times and other commitments on the day you’ll be leaving the islands. By doing so – you won’t have any unwanted surprises down the road.

The most important thing to remember about ALL rental cars is that every company is different. Once you’ve booked your car, don’t be hesitant to call and ask questions about every little detail of your rental. The more you understand about the policy and rental you’ve agreed to, the smaller your chances are of having to pay a number of hefty fines to both the rental company AND other services down the line!

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