If I picked up late, can I also return later?

Old Oct 12, 19, 11:16 pm
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If I picked up late, can I also return later?

Say I make a one day rental, 12pm to 12pm the next day.

If I picked up at 1:30pm, can I return at 1:30pm the next day without additional charges?
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Old Oct 12, 19, 11:27 pm
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Yes. Charges are in 24hr blocks
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Old Oct 13, 19, 10:14 am
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Seconded, what the above poster said. Also, most rental car companies have 29 min late return grace period, which you can calculate depending on your actual pick up time. This way you know precisely when late charges [next day hourly-daily charges] will kick in. I know Hertz prints hourly/daily charges on the contract so you know what you will pay if late.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 10:18 am
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IME the grace period tends to apply only to rentals in the USA and airport locations use the time that you leave the gate as the start of your rental contract. Also, if you're too late (two hours?), the reservation might be cancelled and they could generate a new contract at the current rates if you stand in line and cars are available.

OP seems to be renting from National, but we don't know the country and whether it's an airport or city location. Also, OP has status with National which might make a difference.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 11:53 am
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Read your contracts carefully. Recently National has not been giving me paper contracts even when I requested one. Make sure you double check your return time on the contract. Many rental car companies keep the reserved return time regardless of the pick up time. There have been times the car company refused to extend the return time even when I picked up late. I don't believe it was National. I usually make reservation for the time I want to return and if I am 30 minutes early, they generally do not hassle me. If I pickup more then 30 minutes early, they may tack on extra charges.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 1:46 pm
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If you pick up more than 30 minutes early then the computer system assumes you are still dropping off at the originally scheduled return time so you'll see the contract amount increase. This is nothing to worry about. Just return on your scheduled return day at or before (actually there's usually a 29-minute grace period) the time you originally picked up and you'll be charged your originally contracted amount. This often confuses people but it's just the counter system making certain assumptions and is nothing to worry about.
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Old Oct 13, 19, 8:01 pm
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Thank you all.

Originally Posted by Ilove2fly View Post
Many rental car companies keep the reserved return time regardless of the pick up time.
It appears National isn't one of these companies. I was renting in the US; maybe foreign locations operate differently.
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