Other Car Rental Programs (ie. Alamo, Enterprise) - Returning vehicle early with Alamo
Nov 17, 11, 7:03 am
We have rented a full size SUV with Alamo. It's due to be returned on Dec 18th however we'd like to return it early, this weekend.
The rate we hired on is a weekly rate. Am I correct in saying if we return early we will just be charged for the time we've had the vehicle?
Nov 17, 11, 8:42 am
No, not with Alamo. If you return it more than 24 hours early, they charge a $15 early return fee.
Also, like with the other companies, if you no longer met the conditions for a weekly rental, such as Saturday night stay, you are likely to be re-rated to a much higher price.
Early return charges can apply with any rental company. I remember encountering it with Budget in Boston years ago. They will argue it's loss of income since they didn't schedule that car to be available. True or not, you can bank on such a charge, but you need to phone the company and ask what the charge would be. If it's just $15 total, that seems pretty cheap. Be sure to check to see if returning it on a specific day, before another full week in the rental period is up, it doesn't subject you to a daily rate for the last few days.And, as noted, if you don't fulfill the obligations of the rental contract, your rate could skyrocket. Phone the company right away and find out what the charges would be.