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Old 09-27-2017, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City area
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Is it possible to know the drop-off fee for one-way rental, in advance? I usually use National but the info on that site just defines the fee and says it might be charged - no clue as to how much it might be. I did a little more research but still don't know. Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I'd suggest just plugging in the date(s) on their search engine for a One Way Rental, it should give you a total.
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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It may vary by the locations, I picked up a car in Pittsburgh and dropped off in Washington DC, with no drop off fee. Presumably they rent out more cars in DC and were fine with having an "extra" car there.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:06 PM
 
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Perhaps calling?
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Old 09-27-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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Expedia always reports the total cost. I expect the same is true for other search engines.

If you call the agency I am sure they will not refuse to tell you.

>It may vary by the locations, I picked up a car in Pittsburgh and dropped off in Washington DC, with no drop off fee.

It can happen and if it does smile and be happy. Vacation destinations in the south are known to do this at the beginning or end of the season.
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Old 09-27-2017, 08:08 PM
 
Location: NY/LA
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We rented from National earlier this year, picking up at JFK and dropping off at EWR a few days later. There was no drop off fee.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:35 PM
 
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How to deal with one...easy... When you book it, call the agency and tell them to waive this' bilking the customer fee' and instead be glad you are willing to rent from them.

I seriously am waiting for them to charge you for the tires to be inflated and the add on for having wiper fluid...
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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It can happen and if it does smile and be happy. Vacation destinations in the south are known to do this at the beginning or end of the season.
The companies will also sometimes discount the heck out the process to get fleets moved around to meet anticipated needs. Sister once had to get from Nashville to Florida in early December, one of the car companies wanted to move a car, and she ended up paying something like $27 + gas to rent a Camaro for 24 hours. Peel away assorted airport taxes and fees and the rental company only got about $7-$10 net, but they did get a car positioned into a place where they needed it more.

If your travel plans are flexibile, (or if you get lucky) those 'fleet repositioning rates' can be great deals.
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Old 09-27-2017, 10:13 PM
 
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Yeah, call.

There are alot of factors depending on supply and seasonality.

My local Hertz just explained that to me last month. If they need cars sent up North they don't charge anything - it all depends.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:15 AM
 
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Yeah, call.

There are alot of factors depending on supply and seasonality.

My local Hertz just explained that to me last month. If they need cars sent up North they don't charge anything - it all depends.

Hertz has been begging people to take cars from the major Eastern cities to Florida one way for $4.95 for compacts through full sized car.

https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/renta...orida-drive-in


By mid-October, we'll see cheap rates one way from Las Vegas and SoCal to Arizona from all of the majors.

I have a OW rental car from Cincinnati to Tucson for $220 incl taxes and fees (7 days) in November.
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