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.
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.
What do the car rental agents terms and conditiosn say?
We've looked at the leading UK rental agents terms and conditions* with regards to travelling with pets in rentals cars for your convenience. We advise you check the latest terms and conditions at time of booking to ensure the information is still accurate or contact us in advance and we would gladly check on your behalf;
Alamo Pet Policy
When you rent in the USA and Canada, pets are allowed in Alamo's rental vehicles. To avoid any potential cleaning fees, you need to keep your pets crated and return your rental vehicle in clean condition and free of pet hair. Service animals such as guide dogs are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.
Pets are allowed in our cars but if a vehicle is returned with a messy interior beyond normal levels of wear and tear, it will need valeting so a cleaning charge will be added. This charge varies by location. Your hire station will give you the exact figure. Or call our reservations team. Don’t forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.
Avis Pet Policy
Housebroken pets are invited to travel in your rental car, just as they do in your personal car. Although Budget doesn't assess an extra fee for pets, pet owners will incur an additional charge for any damage caused by animals, or any special cleaning required as a result of shedding or accidents.
Budget Pet Policy
No specific terms available, enquire for further information.
Dollar Pet Policy
You are permitted to have pets in your hire vehicle provided they are within a carrier at all times. If the vehicle requires cleaning of pet hair or odour, then you will be billed for a valeting fee at the branch discretion.
Easirent Pet Policy
Pets are allowed in rental vehicles. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid cleaning/detailing fees. Service animals used by customers with disabilities are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.
Enterprise Pet Policy
You undertake to use the Vehicle in a responsible manner and in particular, only for the purposes for which it is intended. For a car, this means primarily carrying passengers other than for hire and reward. In particular, you must not use the Vehicle under any of the following conditions or for any of the following purposes: Transportation of live animals (with the exception of domestic pets, subject to prior authorisation by Europcar)
Europcar Pet Policy
We request no animals are transported in our vehicles unless contained. A valeting fee may be applied to rectify any soiling due to animal transportation.
Green Motion Pet Policy
The transportation of pets is prohibited without prior authorisation from the location. Pet seat cover can be requested for rent with an additional fee. Carrying pets can cause severe allergic reactions. Failure to comply with this rule can result in an additional cleaning charge. This equipment cannot be booked via the internet. For additional information and/or booking, please contact your Reservation Centre
Hertz Pet Policy
We do not allow any animals other than assistance dogs (‘ Assistance Dogs‘) to be transported in our Vehicles. We do not supply dog guards or any other form of animal restraint for our Vehicles. If you are travelling with an Assistance Dog you are therefore responsible at all times for its behaviour, safety and well-being. This responsibility includes ensuring that the Assistance Dog is suitably restrained at all times so that it remains safe and does not distract the Driver or cause risk or injury to you or any other passengers sharing the Vehicle with you. We do not under any circumstances accept liability for damage suffered by the Vehicle or for injury caused to the Assistance Dog or to you or the Driver or to any passengers as a result of your failure to keep the Assistance Dog appropriately restrained and/or controlled. In addition you are required to return the Vehicle to us in the same condition as it was at the start of the Hire Period (fair wear and tear excepted). If it is returned to us in a dirty or messy and/or damaged condition to the extent that it will require specialist cleaning and/or repair before it can be rented to the next customer then you will be liable for the Special Cleaning/Valet Charge
Inter Rent Pet Policy
As per Europcar (parent company)
Keddy Pet Policy
For when you are going on holiday or a long trip, Sixt allows you to bring along any pets in your hire car so that they don't get left behind. As long as you maintain the cleanliness of your rental car and clean up any mess, Sixt is more than happy to welcome you and your pets. Whether you are taking your dogs on a fun trip, your cat to the vet or any other domestic pet on a journey, pet friendly Sixt rent a car will make sure that all your four-legged friends get there safely.
Sixt Pet Policy
*(all information correct as of February 2019)
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.
This is the only type of hotdog we want to see in a car...
Top tips for looking after your rental car when travelling with a pet:
The best advice is to treat your rental car as you would your own new car and take care when travelling with your pets.
- 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.
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.