If you're looking for a rental car in your own backyard—maybe your car is getting repaired or you need a roomier ride for houseguests—it often pays to check rates at your local airport, too. Sometimes airport rentals can actually be cheaper than in-town rentals, and airport rental office hours are usually much more flexible than those at your neighborhood branch.
But if you live near an airport—typically within 100 miles or within the same state—you may encounter extra restrictions if you can't produce a plane ticket. Unfortunately, these terms and conditions are often buried in fine print, so you may have an unwelcome surprise at the rental counter. Let's take a look at how rental car company policies stack up: