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Old 04-08-2016, 08:32 PM
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Renting a car for a trip.--- Is Enterprise unlimited miles true?

Enterprise says they rent a sub compact $39 a day unlimited miles.

If you rented it three days and drove it say, to an out of state city 450 miles away. Visited friends. That would be 900 miles on the odometer.

Will Enterprise be pissed? or charge penalties?

I've rented cars to drive locally. Maybe 70 to 125 miles over three or four days. Never a trip. I know the car has to be fueled up before returning it.

Do people normally rent cars for long trips?

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Old 04-08-2016, 08:34 PM
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Unlimited miles is legit.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:38 PM
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https://enterprise.custhelp.com/app/...150/kw/mileage

Check with the office you plan on renting from to make sure your trip is covered.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:45 PM
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From here.
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Enterprise US locations allow unlimited travel in the renting state and will usually allow vehicles to be driven into the bordering states of the state where you rent the vehicle. Mileage allowed can and will be different depending on what part of the country you want to pick up the vehicle and what size vehicle you would like to rent.

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Old 04-08-2016, 08:50 PM
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ah, There might be a catch. It would be a bordering state. My niece needs a car to drive so she can come visit us. I was going to make the reservation and provide the cc..

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Enterprise US locations allow unlimited travel in the renting state and will usually allow vehicles to be driven into the bordering states of the state where you rent the vehicle. Mileage allowed can and will be different depending on what part of the country you want to pick up the vehicle and what size vehicle you would like to rent.

If you wish to drive outside of the bordering states; locations restrict mileage with a per mile charge if exceeded.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:57 PM
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ah, There might be a catch. It would be a bordering state. My niece needs a car to drive so she can come visit us. I was going to make the reservation and provide the cc..
So tell them when you make the reservation what the itinerary most likely is. My sister lives in Fla, flies into Chicago and rents a car to visit relatives in Wis, Iowa, and Minn. As long as they know you're leaving the state some type of arrangement can be made. And do remember to top off the gas tank on the return. Their gas prices are obscene.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:00 PM
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I did it about 4 years ago with them. Multiple states, unlimited miles. It was a deal!!
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:02 PM
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We've used Enterprise numerous times for out of state trips including several drives from Chicago to Washington DC and back (700 miles each way). They've never dithered over mileage. I believe they ask where your destination is and if you're going out of state but they never balked at my itinerary.

If you want to be sure though, just ask them. Probably not a bad idea since I can't speak for every rental location.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:03 PM
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Does it have to be Enterprise? I rented an SUV from Hertz with unlimited mileage last summer. Round trip MO to the Gulf coast.

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:05 PM
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I have rented from Enterprise, driven from Indiana to New York, had an electrical problem with the car and gotten a replacement within four hours of my first phone call (they verified I was at a private home and safe, not stranded on a roadside-- actually, if they had taken up to 10 hours, I would have been OK-- I presume if I had been stranded they would have been quicker). I told them I was driving to New York when I rented, and their only question was "Was I returning the car there, or in NY?" There was a charge for one-way travel.

Unlimited miles was true. Unlimited distance was true (but I didn't go to Canada).

One problem I have had with Enterprise is that I always reserve a subcompact, but it's a crapshoot what I actually get. They give me whatever is available, and charge me for a subcompact, which is OK if it's just one size up, but once I got an SUV, and it got about 14mpg. You might tell them that if you get there and they have an SUV, you are leaving.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:07 PM
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I'll be sure they understand the itinerary when I rent the car.

glad that I asked here first.

I had always heard Enterprise was the cheapest of the national dealers. But, I'll check rates at the other companies too.

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:14 PM
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Two items ...

First:
Most rental car companies have pretty much the same features on rental these days though the prices vary all over the place. Unlimited mileage is pretty standard nowadays. Sometimes ultra cheapo deals have mileage limits, but even those are plenty for even extensive in-town use. Not good for multi-hour road trips though.

Bordering state limitations are typical but again the details vary. The last car I rented was from a name brand company in a metro area that straddles a state border. The immediately adjacent state across town was OK, but none of the other states bordering the renting state were allowed. The fact it was a 4 hour drive just to get to any of those other borders was probably a factor.

Definitely ask for all these details.


The second item:
If you are renting the car with the intent of your niece driving it that's a BIG deal if you don't tell the rental agency. As in no insurance, car's technically stolen while she drives it, etc. The rental company absolutely needs to know absolutely everyone who intends to be a driver. And they need to get the driver's DL info. Usually in person. Expect to pay extra (a lot extra) if she's not your spouse. Which your niece obviously isn't. Then expect to pay double extra on that if she's under age 26 or so.

It pays to ask about all these things.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:21 PM
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Enterprise is not especially cheap anymore. Like Southwest Airlines, their low price reputation earned in the old days far exceeds their current reality.

When I need a cheap car I use carrentals.com My record is $8 per day unlimited mileage for a midsized car (Chevy Impala). I rarely pay over $20/day. And I never drive subcompacts or compacts; always midsize and up. Plus all the taxes of course. The $8 car ended up being $15 with all the taxes.

I always rented these from major national brands. Alamo, National, Thrifty, Hertz, Avis, somebody else I'm forgetting, and yes, Enterprise. I rented from some no-name outfit once through carrentals.com. The $2 / day I saved was more than spent while hassling at pickup and drop-off. Not worth it, at least not to me.

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:21 PM
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Two items ...

First:
Most rental car companies have pretty much the same features on rental these days though the prices vary all over the place. Unlimited mileage is pretty standard nowadays. Sometimes ultra cheapo deals have mileage limits, but even those are plenty for even extensive in-town use. Not good for multi-hour road trips though.

Bordering state limitations are typical but again the details vary. The last car I rented was from a name brand company in a metro area that straddles a state border. The immediately adjacent state across town was OK, but none of the other states bordering the renting state were allowed. The fact it was a 4 hour drive just to get to any of those other borders was probably a factor.

Definitely ask for all these details.


The second item:
If you are renting the car with the intent of your niece driving it that's a BIG deal if you don't tell the rental agency. As in no insurance, car's technically stolen while she drives it, etc. The rental company absolutely needs to know absolutely everyone who intends to be a driver. And they need to get the driver's DL info. Usually in person. Expect to pay extra (a lot extra) if she's not your spouse. Which your niece obviously isn't. Then expect to pay double extra on that if she's under age 26 or so.

It pays to ask about all these things.
thank you for the heads up. I guess its easier for her to arrange the car rental. She's 24. I'll mail her a MO to pay for it.. Keep my name out of it. I didn't know a family member couldn't drive a rental without a big hassle.

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:28 PM
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thank you for the heads up. I guess its easier for her to arrange the car rental. She's 24. I'll mail her a MO to pay for it.. Keep my name out of it. I didn't know a family member couldn't drive a rental without a big hassle.
http://traveltips.usatoday.com/enter...car-62736.html
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Age Requirements

The minimum age to rent an Enterprise car is 21 at most locations. Drivers under the age of 25 must pay a higher rental rate and select vehicles are unavailable to those under age 25. Drivers renting a vehicle in New York state or Michigan must be at least 18 years old, though drivers under age 21 must book directly with an Enterprise branch in the state and will be required to pay an additional daily rental fee.

Extra Driver Requirements

All additional renters listed on a rental car policy must appear at the rental counter, provide a valid driver's license and major credit card, and pay an additional driver fee. The spouse or domestic partner of the renter may be added as an additional driver for no additional fee. Enterprise also permits mobility impaired renters to add surrogate drivers free of charge.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:54 PM
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I'm surprised they have a penalty for being under 25. A lot of people have finished college by 22 and started their first real professional job.

I guess it sucks to be a driver under 25.

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It's been a number of years since I rented a car and drove it cross country. My recent rentals have only been for driving in the cities I've visited.

Even five years ago it was unlimited miles with a regional restriction. The bordering state is accurate for most areas. Renting a car in Massachusetts still usually allows Maine and New York even though they aren't bordering.

The restriction didn't stop me from putting a few thousand miles on the cars, driving where ever I wanted. I just didn't tell them where I went. These days I'd probably be more careful, they probably know where their cars are.

Rentals including Enterprise aren't as good a deal as they used to be. Before it was so cheap I was renting the cars just so I could avoid putting miles on my own and so I could drive something slightly nicer than my own.

The moving truck rentals also offer unlimited local miles. With their equipment is so outdated I think nothing of renting it for local use and driving it back and forth to other states. 'Yeah 500 miles, I drove back and forth between two local storage centers a lot.'
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:55 PM
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I'm surprised they have a penalty for being under 25. A lot of people have finished college by 22 and started their first real professional job.

sucks to be a driver under 25 I guess.
Same restriction on car insurance. You pay a lot more for being under 25.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:58 PM
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thank you for the heads up. I guess its easier for her to arrange the car rental. She's 24. I'll mail her a MO to pay for it.. Keep my name out of it. I didn't know a family member couldn't drive a rental without a big hassle.
90% sure they won't rent to anyone without a credit card. Some places take debit cards, but only with $500 cash (as in Benjamins) deposits. The accident, theft, and vandalism problems explode when rental agencies start dealing with people who don't have credit cards. Call it a legal form of discrimination against the feckless.

If this car rental stuff is all new to you I suggest you really need to stop by the local office and talk face to face about absolutely everything you / she intends to do in complete detail. They can explain what can and can't be done. Calling the 800 number and talking to "Peggy" in Bangalore is not likely to be successful in avoiding all the pitfalls.

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Old 04-08-2016, 10:14 PM
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Thanks LSLGuy

I've only rented cars a few times when I was somewhere for a convention and wanted to sightsee. I'm pretty sure my niece has a cc. But I'll double check.

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Old 04-08-2016, 10:41 PM
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If you go to Expedia.com, you can plug in the date and type of car you want, and it'll let you know what all the different places, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, etc., offer and sort by price. It'll also sort by nearest to farthest away.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:54 PM
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Car rentals are the only time I still use Priceline. I almost exclusively am renting from airports so location is not a big deal. Just use Expedia or even Priceline to find prices and then bid lower. I bet I average 20% lower than the lowest listed price.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:12 AM
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Right now the OP has a lot more administrative issues than finding the lowest price. issues the websites can't reliably help with.

Once he gets those under control then shopping for price is a great next step.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:28 AM
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I'm surprised they have a penalty for being under 25.
That's actually generous of them. It used to be that if you were under 25, you simply could not rent a car (or you at least had a really hard time finding a company willing to do it).

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:02 AM
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I'm surprised they have a penalty for being under 25.
Someone with more knowledge than I will shortly give chapter and verse but there's a part of the brain which deals with risk assessment and management that doesn't actually finish developing until about age 25.
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Old 04-09-2016, 02:48 PM
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I remember the days when I had to plead and grovel just to be allowed to drive to several adjacent counties -- that was in the mid-1980s.
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:54 PM
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I remember the days when I had to plead and grovel just to be allowed to drive to several adjacent counties -- that was in the mid-1980s.

I've noticed several people mention this sort of thing. The only restrictions I've ever heard of are occasional notorious tourists spots with dirt roads. Several spots in Hawaii are listed as restricted by rental car agencies.

East coast rentals even have multi-state Toll passes available.

I do seem to recall rental cars agencies attempting to do away with unlimited mileage back in the late 90's or early 00's but fortunately that didn't catch on.
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Old 04-09-2016, 05:20 PM
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I used to rent cars to drive to Memphis and back, sometimes putting nearly 3,000 miles on them in a week. The rental agents were never the least bit ticked off - they were actually sometimes amused by it.

Once, I did encounter a clause in the contract that the car could not be driven west of the Mississippi. I had planned to spend a few hours just across the river in Helena, AR, but I kept that to myself. I remember bracing myself for a GPS-triggered alarm as I crossed the MS-AR line on the bridge, but nothing happened. I did keep a little closer eye on the car until I got back to MS, not wanting to file a claim in forbidden territory.
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Old 04-09-2016, 08:19 PM
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Unlimited miles was true. Unlimited distance was true (but I didn't go to Canada).
I have left the country and gone to Canada in an Enterprise car. Ask before you rent, but it should be fine.
One thing, be careful about photographing the car and getting every small ding marked down before you leave the lot.
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I only rent cars (Enterprise usually) when I've got a lot of weekend driving & they have a good deal; good enough that it's not worth it to beat up my car. As in, 600 miles for $30ish. This sometimes involves states that aren't even neighboring my neighboring state. Never had an issue.


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Calling the 800 number and talking to "Peggy" in Bangalore is not likely to be successful in avoiding all the pitfalls.
When did she get a new job?
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:41 AM
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ah, There might be a catch. It would be a bordering state. My niece needs a car to drive so she can come visit us. I was going to make the reservation and provide the cc..
We rent from Enterprise fairly often for longer trips - our cars are both getting up there, mileage-wise (the newer one has just under 140,000 miles). Unlimited is indeed a thing.

I do make a point of letting them know roughly where we're going to make sure there aren't any restrictions - we took the rented car to Florida once, and another time up to New England.

Renting for your niece, on the other hand: they DO have limits on who may drive, including minimum age, and there may be surcharges for younger drivers. Definitely ask them what their policy is.
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