pet-friendly rental car companies

Want to bring Fido in your rental car? The majority of major rental agencies allow pets in their vehicles at no extra charge—but there is a potential gotcha. If you fail to return the car clean and free of odors, you could get zapped with a cleaning fee of up to $125.

Some rental car companies require that pets be in an approved carrier while in the car. For other rental car companies, policies vary by location. We recommend calling ahead of time to confirm the rental car company's pet policies and any potential fees.

 

Avoid Getting Hit with a Rental Car Cleaning Fee

 

Don't want to get hit with a huge cleaning fee? Take these steps to make sure you return your car looking and smelling great.

Stop and go. When traveling with your pet, ensure your pet is given plenty of opportunities to eliminate outside the car.

Cover up. Bring a special pet-seat-cover to protect the back seat from puppy claws and paws. Don't want to invest in gear? Even throwing down a sheet can make a difference.

Keep your pet safe and secure. Consider a dog crate to keep your dog safe in the car and to prevent it from shedding all over the car. Alternatively, get a harness and seat belt to keep your pet secure.

Pay for a cleaning. The rental car company will not look the other way if you return the car with dog hair or odors. Many car washes offer DIY vacuum services for a few dollars or, better yet, interior cleaning services for under $30, often including a choice of deodorizing scent. Consider ponying up for this service, as the cost is much less than what the rental car company would charge for detailing.

Gather proof. Save your receipt from a cleaning service in case the rental car company tries to charge you for another detailing. Take multiple before-and-after photographs of the interior of the car in case you are challenged when you return it.

 

Rental Car Company Pet Policies

 

Ace: Pets are fine to ride in vehicles; however renters are responsible to any damage done to the vehicle and may be charged a cleaning fee for pet hair.

Advantage: Advantage does not have a strict pet policy, but please be sure to return your rental vehicle clean (i.e. free of pet hair), and without pet damage to avoid cleaning fees and charges for pet damage.

Alamo: Pets are allowed in Alamo's rental vehicles. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid cleaning/detailing fees. Service animals used by customers with disabilities are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.

Avis: Avis does not have a strict pet policy, but please be sure to return your rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair, etc. to avoid cleaning fees.

Budget: Housebroken pets are invited to travel in your rental car, just as they do in your personal car. Although Budget doesn't assess an extra fee for pets, pet owners will incur an additional charge for any damage caused by animals, or any special cleaning required as a result of shedding or accidents.

Dollar: Pets are allowed to ride in the vehicles with no additional fees. Dollar recommends that pets are properly secured in the vehicle in a pet carrier, pet car seat, or similar safety restraint. Renters are responsible for any damage caused by the pet. To avoid cleaning charges, vehicles should be returned clean and free of pet hair.

Enterprise: Pets are allowed in rental vehicles. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid cleaning/detailing fees. Service animals used by customers with disabilities are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.

EZ: EZ does not have a strict pet policy, but please be sure to return your rental vehicle clean (i.e. free of pet hair), and without pet damage to avoid cleaning fees and charges for pet damage.<

Fox: Pets are welcome. There are no fees or deposits. Renters are responsible for any damage and are subject to a cleaning fee if the vehicle is returned dirty.

Hertz: Policies differ by location. Some allow domestic pets to ride in the vehicles with no additional fees. Renters are responsible for any damage caused by the pet, and to avoid cleaning charges, vehicles should be returned clean and free of pet hair.

National: Pets are allowed in rental vehicles. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid cleaning/detailing fees. Service animals used by customers with disabilities are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.

Payless: Policies vary by location. Contact the individual location to inquire.

Silvercar: Any pets traveling in a Silvercar vehicle must travel in an airline-approved pet carrier at all times. Designated service animals accompanying customers with disabilities are not subject to the pets policy. Although Silvercar doesn't charge an extra fee for pets, pet owners will incur an additional charge for any damage caused by animals/pet carriers/harnesses, or any special cleaning required as a result of shedding or accidents.

Thrifty: Pets are allowed to ride in the vehicles with no additional fees. Thrifty recommends that pets are properly secured in the vehicle in a pet carrier, pet car seat, or similar safety restraint. Renters are responsible for any damage caused by the pet. To avoid cleaning charges, vehicles should be returned clean and free of pet hair.

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