Car Rental

There is no better way to explore the USA and Canada than by car. Take to the open road at your own pace, stop when you like, and discover what these fascinating destinations have to offer.

Whether you are taking one of our pre-planned fly drives, have created your own multi-destination itinerary, or simply want the flexibility of having a car as part of your holiday package, we have the correct vehicle for your adventure. We offer a range of sizes from compact cars to twelve seat minivans, and styles of car including urban vehicles, convertibles and four wheel drives, to suit your terrain.

As standard, all our car rentals come with vehicle insurance and we always recommend the addition of satellite navigation. Please let us know your requirements and we will guide to toward the most appropriate cover and amenities.

Alamo - Drive Happy

Founded in Florida in 1974, Alamo bring a wealth of experience to the car rental market. Along with sister company National, they offer a huge range of depots across the whole of North America, including airport and downtown locations for your added convenience.

We would suggest that AlamoGold offers the level of coverage that the majority of our clients require, however we have other options should it not be suitable. AlamoGold coverage includes:

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) – Alamo’s CDW limits the renter against costs for damage to the Alamo car (including theft and vandalism), regardless of who is at fault
  • Extended Protection (EP) – this provides the renter with up to $1 million third party liability protection for accidental death or injury to the authorised renter or passengers, should an uninsured or under-insured driver hit your vehicle
  • State and local taxes
  • First tank of petrol – the larger the car, the more fuel you receive, giving you more free miles and even better value
  • Three additional drivers

The only things you would have to pay for locally would be (where applicable):

  • Underage driver fees
  • Child/infant seat rentals
  • One way rental drop off fees
  • Additional petrol
  • Roadside Plus breakdown assistance
  • Any upgrade in vehicle category you agree to at the rental station
  • Taxes on these items

Prices vary according to car size, depot location, duration and date of rental and insurance option chosen, so please call for a quote specific to your personal requirements.

Personal Protection Insurance 
This is an optional extra which provides cover in the event of injury or death to the driver or passengers, plus protection of personal possessions from theft, loss or damage. Your holiday travel insurance may give you adequate cover, therefore, we recommend that you ascertain your need for this insurance before you collect your vehicle, as once accepted, it is non-refundable.

Rental Terms 
Cars are reserved by category, not by specific make, model or engine size. Alamo reserves the right to substitute similar or larger cars at no extra rental charge. Most cars have automatic transmission and air-conditioning.

Airport Arrival 
In cities where Alamo does not have a rental counter inside the airport terminal, a courtesy shuttle service, which generally leaves from outside the baggage claim area, will transport you directly to the Alamo depot.

Rental Charges
All rentals are based on the 24-hour clock. So, if the vehicle is collected at 6pm on July 1st for a two week period, it must be returned to the rental location no later than 6pm on July 15th. A grace period of only 29 minutes is granted. Late returns will be charged at Alamo’s local tariff.

Age Requirements & Fees 
All drivers must be aged 21 years or over (18 years or over in New York & Michigan, and 25 years or over if renting in Newfoundland and selected British Columbia locations). Additional fees apply if under 25 years, and all drivers must carry a full valid driving licence from their country of residence. Drivers aged 18-24 years incur up to an additional $64.50 per driver per day (rates vary depending on age and state/province). Drivers must be 25 years or older to rent a large van with a seating capacity of 10 or more and certain speciality vehicles. There is no maximum age restriction in the USA or Canada.

Additional Drivers
At the time of pick up all passengers intending to drive the car must be present and provide their driver’s licence. An additional fee of US$9.99 per driver per day is payable (if not included in your rental) and only authorised drivers listed on the Alamo rental agreement are permitted to drive the vehicle.

Partially Used Rentals
We are unable to offer refunds for a car rental that has not been used in its entirety.

Global Positioning System
Alamo offers the option of pre-booking GPS (Global Positioning System) as part of your car reservation. Satellite navigation is available at most depots and on most car categories. We highly recommend that you include it in your rental or, should you have your own with U.S./Canadian mapping, we suggest you take it with you when you travel.

One Way Rentals

AMERICA – Take advantage of our special ‘one way’ no drop fee rentals commencing and terminating at any two locations within Florida (except rentals from the Port Canaveral depot to other Florida locations, which incur a $150 fee for reservations made on/before September 1st. The fee reduces to $50 for reservations made on/after September 2nd 2019) or within California (except rentals between July 1st and August 17th when (a) all rentals except Intermediate SUV, Full Size SUV, Convertible, 7 Passenger Minivan, Standard SUV, 8 Passenger Minivan & Luxury Van from downtown San Francisco to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego locations incur a US$399 charge, (b) all rentals except Intermediate SUV, Full Size SUV, Convertible, 7 Passenger Minivan, Standard SUV, 8 Passenger Minivan & Luxury Van from San Francisco International Airport to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego locations incur a US$300 charge and (c) Intermediate SUV, Full Size SUV, Convertible, 7 Passenger Minivan, Standard SUV, 8 Passenger Minivan & Luxury Van rentals from all San Francisco locations incur a US$399 charge). One way Convertible rentals commencing July 1st thru to and including August 31st from all San Francisco locations to all destinations will incur a US$350 one way fee. One way rentals for all car types excluding Convertibles commencing July 1st thru to and including August 31st from all San Francisco Downtown locations and returning to Los Angeles will incur a US$150 one way fee and to Las Vegas or San Diego will incur a US$300 one way fee.

We are also delighted to extend our no drop fee offer to rentals commencing on or before March 31st 2020, between the following city pairs:

  • Denver to/from: Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego or Los Angeles
  • Phoenix to/from: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas to/from: San Francisco Airport, San Diego or Los Angeles
  • Nashville to/from: New Orleans

 

For rentals commencing on or after April 1st 2020, we are extending our no drop fee offer between the following state/city pairs:

  • Denver to/from: Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego or Los Angeles
  • Between all Nevada locations and all California locations (in either direction)
  • Between all Arizona locations and all Nevada locations (in either direction)
  • Between all Arizona locations and all California locations (in either direction)
  • To/From any Nevada location (in either direction)
  • To/From any Arizona location (in either direction)
  • Nashville to/from: New Orleans

 

Outside of these city pairings, the one way drop off fee is based on the map mileage between the two locations for all rental dates (unless otherwise specified):

  • 0 – 200 miles = USD$99
  • 201 – 500 miles = USD$150
  • 501 – 1,000 miles = USD$300
  • 1,001+ miles = USD$500

 

CANADA – One way drop fees are based on the map mileage between the two locations:

  • 0 – 50 miles = CAD$50
  • 51 – 300 miles = CAD$199
  • 301 – 800 miles = CAD$300
  • 801 – 1600 miles = CAD$500
  • 1601 – 2500 miles = CAD$750
  • 2501 miles + = CAD$1000

Some restrictions may apply with regards to one way rentals within Canada.  We will advise you of any restrictions which apply to your journey at the time of making your booking.

Child Safety Seats
Children are required by law to be transported in approved child seats. These must be requested at the time of booking and will be provided by Alamo at a cost of $6.99 per day plus tax with a maximum fee of $70 per every 30 day rental period. A refundable deposit is also required at the time of collection.

Driving Areas 
Cars rented in the USA and Canada may be driven anywhere in the USA and Canada. One way rentals between the USA and Canada are restricted to certain locations and car types and are subject to one way fees. Cars rented in Alaska must be returned to Alaska. CDW is void when driving on unpaved roads. Vehicles cannot be driven into Mexico.

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