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Aug 19th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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car rental pick-up and drop-off times

We are going to be renting a car for two days in Austria. We don't know exactly what times would be best for pick-up and drop-off, but of course the rental companies want that information. I think ideally we would like to pick up around 9-10am and drop off at 1-2pm, but at least at Hertz this changes it to a 3 day rental (even if the pick up is 10am and the drop off 11am). I'm assuming this is the case with all rental companies? Should we just put down 10am for pick up and drop off? If we are late dropping off will they just charge us an extra day at the same rate, or will there be a large penalty to pay?

I've never rented a car in the states or abroad so am not clear how the logistics work.

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Aug 19th, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Yes, that's standard practice. Yes, if you're late you'll get charged for the extra day.
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Aug 19th, 2013, 03:02 PM
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Hi E,

You are charged by the day.

I suggest that if you expect to drop the car off a couple of hours later that you pay in advance.

You can't be sure that you won't be billed an extra fee for late drop off.

Enjoy your visit.

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Aug 19th, 2013, 06:25 PM
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U.K. Hertz decided, unexpectedly, not to charge me for the extra hours I had the car.
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Aug 19th, 2013, 07:28 PM
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Yes, that happens, but don't count on it.
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