Are dogs allowed in Rental Cars? Pet Friendly Car Hire

Are dogs allowed in Rental Cars? Pet Friendly Car Hire

Are you planning a holiday or long trip? Then you’ll want to make sure you can bring your pet along for the ride too. At Rhino Car Hire we understand that your pet is part of the family and will therefore be joining you on your travels. The majority of car hire agents in the UK will allow pets in their vehicles, as long as you adhere to their terms and conditions, largely related to keeping the car clean and looked after. For the majority of responsible pet owners this is not a problem.

are dogs allowed in hire cars

Often the car hire agents that do allow pets in their hire cars rarely advertise the fact so it can be hard to find the information you are after. The best advice is, when making your booking to check with the specific agent’s terms and conditions. The main concern a rental agent will have is in relation to the cleanliness of the car and an additional valeting fee could be applied if the car requires more than a reasonable amount of cleaning after your rental. Be aware that if your dog, or any pet, caused unreasonable damage to your hire vehicle then an excess would need to be paid and you would be liable for any costs to repair the car. With that in mind we have compiled some top tips to help look after your vehicle when travelling with a pet.

Can I leave a dog in a car?

Despite awareness campaigns from animal groups, too many dogs are still dying hot cars as people just don't understand the risks. Temperatures inside a car, even with the window partially open can rise by as much as 40% in just 10 minutes and a dog left in a car will overheat very quickly, putting it at high risk of heat stroke which is often fatal in dogs. You should never leave a dog in a car whether your own car or a rental. If you see a dog in a car in warm weather you should call the police, don't smash the window yourself as you'll likely land yourself in hot water. The police will attend and free the dog and the owner can expect a presecution.

dog in a hot car

This is the only type of hotdog we want to see in a car...

hot dog in a car

Top tips for looking after your rental car when travelling with a pet:
  • Use a seat protector, or a blanket, to stop excess dog hair getting over the seats.
  • Be careful when getting the dog in and out of the vehicle to avoid damaging the paintwork
  • Make sure your dog is carefully strapped in a safe position in the boot, or a crate. Smaller pets should also be placed in a suitable transportation box.
  • Thoroughly vacuum the car after use
  • Ensure the car smells fresh for the next user.
The best advice is to treat your rental car as you would your own new car and take care when travelling with your pets. 

At Rhino we offer a wide selection of pet friendly vehicles, including a range of SUVs, people carriers and minibuses and for the smaller pets our economy and compact cars should suit your needs. 

Feel confident that you and your pet will be well looked after with Rhino Car Hire and BOOK TODAY! 
Posted: May 10, 2017 by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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