did you know that some car rental companies do not allow pets or will charge an extra fee for pet hair?
Some Hertz, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Thrifty Car Rental do not allow pets to ride in their vehicles. If pet hair is found in a vehicle, they will charge an extra fee of $75, 250 or more.
This is what Hertz says: Domestic pets are allowed in vehicles (excessive pet hair or soiling caused by animals will result in an extra cleaning charge). What is considered excessive pet hair or soiling???
Why are car rental companies discriminating against pets riding in their vehicles now? Seems to me in an area that is as pet friendly as Carmel/Monterey and other places where people travel with their pets, that car rental companies should allow pets to ride in rental cars. They could do like hotels/motels and designate certain cars to allow pets to travel inside them.
Obviously, responsible owners do not allow pets to jump inside the car with wet and sandy paws, destroy the seats, chew the carpet or damage the car in any way.
Some car rental agencies seem to like pets. Look at this from Payless about the Disney Resort. You would think that they allow pets in their cars. Plus, if Disney allows pets why doesn’t Hersheypark? I recently called Hersheypark, waited for 20 minutes and then found out that pets are not even allowed in their campground. Sheeeesh.
Now on the Disney site, it says that pets are NOT allowed except in their campground.
All three of the official hotels at Universal Orlando (Portofino Bay Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort) are pet-friendly. While they don’t have a size limit on the pets, there is a pet fee and they my limit the number of pets per room and in the hotel overall. It’s best to call in advance and make sure they know you are bringing your pet(s).
None of the Disney resorts allow pets, except for some designated campsites at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Campground, for which there is an extra charge per day. There is a centralized kennel (Best Friends Pet Care) on Disney property near Port Orleans Resort where you can keep your pet when you are in the theme parks. Reservations are strongly recommended, as it frequently sells out. Substantial daily fees apply and you’ll need a car to reach the Pet Care Center.
More about the campsites…
I can understand why pets are not allowed in busy theme parks with lots of lines of people on hot summer days, rides, food, music, costumed Mickey Mouses running around and so on. Most dogs do not do well in large crowds.
You would think that if car rental companies are opposed to pets, then RV rental companies would be, too.
But Cruise America says that they love pets. Did not find any other national company.
might not want to let your dog drive your car… 🙂
What do you think? Have you been denied a rental car because of your pet? Did you ever have to pay an exorbitant fee because of your pet?
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