Recently, whilst on a long hire car journey it dawned on me, is there a fair usage allowance on my policy? ie: a limit on how many miles or kms I was allowed to do without extra charge in one day?
I am not one for fully reading terms and conditions, especially in a Hertz car rental reception area eager to get on the road, but I have since skimmed the policy and could not see anything related to fair usage or miles allowance.
I have done some searching and could not find anything with Hertz apart from van hire fair usage. Not sure if that document was even relevant still. But it did mention a maximum mileage of 200 miles per day, then a charge per mile thereafter.
Is anyone aware of any fair usage allowance for hire cars? If so which companies? If not, what would be stopping someone from hiring a car for 1 week and doing 500 miles per day returning it in 7 days with 3500 extra miles on the clock? (apart from being quite tired) Is the frowned upon, or is it ignored?
Surely car hire companies are missing a trick here if they do not apply a usage. It would be in their best interests to keep miles down to prolong the life of a hire car to make as much money as possible from one car.
500 miles per dayor
1500 miles per rentalor
unlimited mileage, which will be repeated on the contract. What did yours say?
unlimited mileageI could immagine the T&C mentioning a
fair use policy- as is so often the case with unlimited/flatrate mobile&data tariffs for instance. That said though, I've rented a car (not sure, either Hertz or Europcar, it definitely said unlimited kilometres) to get to a conference once and did nearly 2000km in a three day rental - when returning I got a (more joking than anything else, definitely in a friendly manner) remark from the clerk about that being a lot of driving in three days.. but no trouble at all.