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13 Budget Rent a Car FAQs From Our Experts

Rent cars and trucks that fit your budget at Budget Rent a Car. Founded in 1958, Budget Rent a Car is for the budget-conscious traveler. Offering great service at a great price, they are committed to providing only the best value to their customers. You can reserve your rental online for more than 1,800 Budget Rent a Car locations around the world.

Does Budget Rent a Car deliver vehicles?

No. However, pick-up service is offered in many locations for those customers that need local transportation to the Budget Rent a Car facility. To check if pick up is available in your desired location, click here. Since service policies concerning pick-ups can vary per location, it is advised to call them 24 hours before your rental time to make the necessary arrangements.

Where are Budget Rent a Car locations?

Budget Rent a Car has locations worldwide. Click here to find the nearest location to you.

Should I purchase insurance coverage when renting from Budget Rent a Car?

Yes. It is always recommended that you sign up for one of the many coverage plans that Budget Rent a Car offers. Having insurance coverage gives you peace of mind knowing that you are protected against possible theft or damage to the rental vehicle. Here are the available insurance coverage plans that Budget Rent a Car offers.

Budget Rent a Car Protection Options

Car Protection Plan Coverage Cost
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) Relief of financial responsibility if the rental vehicle is stolen or damaged $9/ day
Personal Accident and Effects (PAE) Protects driver and passengers against injury, accident, or loss to personal property $7/ day
Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) Protects all authorized drivers against property-damage claims and third-party injuries $15/ day
Emergency Sickness Plan (ESP) Provides coverage to international renters visiting the US with medical expenses coverage resulting from sickness $5/ day

Does Budget Rent a Car have age restrictions for renting?

It is common for most US corporate-operated rental locations to require drivers to be at least 21 years of age in order to rent a car. However, there are usually additional provisions that renters aged 21-24 must meet before they are given the green light to rent. For instance, they must present a valid credit card and driver’s license in their name and pay a $27/day surcharge. Underage drivers are also not allowed to rent luxury cars, specialty vehicles, mini vans, premium and full-sized SUVs, as well as 12-passenger vans. Note that permissible vehicle types and specific fees tend to vary by location. It is advised that you check the terms and conditions of your preferred location ahead of time. Learn more here.

Does Budget Rent a Car require a deposit?

Yes. Before you can rent a vehicle, you will need to pay a deposit, which is usually $200 or 25% of the rental charges, whichever is greater. Note that the deposit type, method of payment, and amount can vary by location.

What payment methods does Budget Rent a Car accept?

Here are the accepted payment methods at Budget Rent a Car corporate-operated locations.

How does Budget Rent a Car calculate rental rate?

Rental rates are calculated based on provided information at the time the reservation was made. Rates can vary depending on the rental location and can be affected by the day of the vehicle pick up as well as the length of the rental. Click here to learn more about Budget Rent a Car’s rental rates.

Will I pay less if I return my car to Budget Rent a Car earlier than my original scheduled date?

Pricing at Budget Rent a Car is based on the confirmed length rental. The longer the rental length is, the more you save on the per-day rate. Choosing to return the car earlier than scheduled can cause the per-day rate to increase, which could mean that your overall rental fee might even increase. The longer your confirmed rental period is, the better your rates are.

Does Budget Rent a Car charge late fees?

Vehicles at Budget Rent a Car are rented on a 24-hour basis. Returns are given a 29-minute grace period, after which hourly car rates and taxes may apply. After the 90-minute period, full-day charges and taxes may be charged. If you still have not extended the rental after a 7 hour period, an additional $20 per day late fee will be charged.

Are credit cards needed to hold my Budget Rent a Car reservation?

In most cases, no. However, there are locations that may require a credit card especially if you are renting a high-demand car. Some may even require pre-payment in order to secure a rental rate. Your credit card should not be charged when making a reservation except in cases where you choose to make a prepayment. However, a hold will usually be placed on the card at pick up time.

What is Budget Rent a Car’s cancelation policy?

You can cancel your reservation any time online as long as you have the reservation confirmation number and the last name of the renter. If your card was charged when you made a reservation online and you wish to cancel before the rental pick-up time, you will need to cancel and then request the refund online.


If your card details were required but you were not charged at reservation, canceling 48 hours in advance of your pick-up time will not constitute any penalty. Canceling less than 48 hours from pick-up time however might lead to the assessment of a $75 fee.


If you were not required to provide your credit card information when making your reservation, you can cancel your reservation as soon as possible prior to your designated pick up time.


If the reservation was made through an online booking agent or travel agency, they own the reservation so you will have to refer to their respective cancelation policies and processes. Click here for more information.

Does Budget Rent a Car offer vehicles for customers with disabilities?

Yes! Budget Rent a Car services include hand controls and adaptive and assistive devices including transfer boards, spinner knobs, panoramic mirrors and swivels seats at no extra cost for customers with disabilities. However, since demand for these vehicles can vary, drivers with disabilities are encouraged to call 1 (882) 221-1203 ahead of time for confirmation.

How can I contact Budget Rent a Car customer service?

You can get in touch with Budget Rent a Car customer service at 1 (800) 214-6094, Monday-Friday 7:30AM-7:30PM (CST) and Saturday-Sunday 8AM-7:30PM (CST) for car rental concerns.