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Si estás planeando una escapada de fin de semana o un viaje por carretera, es posible que en tu futuro haya un auto de alquiler. Al comparar los precios en línea te puedes ahorrar unos buenos billetes, pero asegúrate de comparar el costo total y no sólo la tarifa anunciada. Los cargos adicionales pueden aumentar drásticamente el precio de base.

Presta atención a los cargos antes de reservar tu carro de alquiler para evitar sorpresas cuando llegues al mostrador o cuando pagues la factura. Los cargos comunes incluyen:

  • Impuestos. La compañía de alquiler de carros sumará los impuestos obligatorios del estado, ciudad o condado, y su propio impuesto a las ventas, al precio de tu carro.
  • Cargos por devolución adelantada o tardía. ¿Sabías que las compañías te pueden cobrar un cargo si devuelves el carro más de 24 horas antes? Y aunque tal vez no te cobren un cargo si devuelves el carro hasta 30 minutos después de lo acordado, es posible que tengas que pagar un cargo por día completo por los ítems opcionales, como sistemas de navegación y opciones de cobertura de seguro por responsabilidad.
  • Recargos por aeropuerto. Alquilar un carro en el aeropuerto, incluso si la compañía de alquiler te ofrece transporte hacia su local fuera de las instalaciones del aeropuerto, puede aumentar la tarifa del alquiler.
  • Cargos por combustible. Si no devuelves el carro con el tanque lleno de gasolina, la mayoría de las compañías te cobrarán el precio del combustible faltante — que habitualmente te costará más que si llenaras el tanque en una estación de servicio local.
  • Cargos fuera del estado. Averigua si la compañía te permite conducir fuera del estado donde alquilaste el carro. Luego, pregunta si hay algún cargo aplicable.
  • Cargos por alquiler de equipo. Te cobrarán extra por agregar cosas como un sistema de navegación, asiento para niños o porta esquís.
  • Conductores adicionales. Puede que te cobren un cargo por agregar otros conductores a tu contrato.
  • Cargos por devolución en otro lugar. Podrían aplicarte un cargo alto por devolver el carro en un lugar diferente a donde lo retiraste.
  • Peajes. La mayoría de las compañías de alquiler de carros ofrecen pagar los peajes automáticamente, pero esa conveniencia tiene un precio. Lo que pagues depende del lugar por donde conduzcas y de la compañía de alquiler que uses. Eso se debe a que cada compañía ofrece distintos planes. Al comparar distintas compañías, piensa si circularás por carreteras, puentes o túneles con peaje.

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12 Comments

JHYs (no verificado)
October 15, 2019
What I find appalling is on top of all fees the local taxes in particular in Tri-State which can be as high 25% all-in.
seispro (no verificado)
October 16, 2019

En respuesta a por JHYs (no verificado)

When renting at airports you are generally charged a concession/ hotel/ airport/stadium etc tax. Logic that always confused me, that business or recreational traveler should burdened with a “taxed” for a stadium or airport etc that primarily not only benefits the local economy and enjoyment of the local population. Those travelers who may not have any desire to utilize local attractions should not be unilaterally burdened for local attractions that benefits the local economy. If one chooses to frequent those facilities they are penalized with additional taxes on tickets etc. Local taxpayers subsidize these facilities to attract outside revenue for local commerce should not be taxed for frequenting the local facilities whether they frequent them or not.
Ms.Muggi (no verificado)
October 15, 2019
Thank you, very imported and great read, especialy for the older Folks. Thanks again...
Julio (no verificado)
October 21, 2019
Muy importantes estas recomendaciones porque muchas veces a los clientes no se les da la información completa. Gracias por su ayuda.
Krlyman (no verificado)
October 15, 2019
I've been "fast-talked" by a counter clerk with a difficult to understand accent. She had me sign what I thought was a refusal but that was an agreement. I specifically asked to not have any additional fees of this nature added but she did it anyway.
Bibi 07 (no verificado)
October 15, 2019
Very good advice! we did not know ALL those. and learned the hard way.. Please WATCH: 1-Last Summer, we rent a car at Orlando airport through Costco and ABC car company- At pickup we were charged an airport fee abt $ 12 because Costco did not include in the quote/ bill(??). It was steaming hot; after a 30-minute wait, we decided not to argue, and paid . 2- ABCcar rent has an "auto-toll" pass glued on the top right side ot the windshielsd with a small door open ( like a book). Luckly we noticed it ,and we CLOSED that door to turn off the auto toll= no charge. BUT our friends who rent a SUV did not notice, and were charged 7.50 to for the same route ( we paid 2.50) + each day even did not use/ go in Hway. 3-Tolls in FL are expensive! 50 mile cost us 7.50- some have NO attendant-- Pl bring coins! or buy their passes; they have 2 toll systems- quite confusing.. Enjoy!
thehoss (no verificado)
October 15, 2019
If you have a toll pass, you can add your rental to your pass and use it in most states. Don't forget to add funds and put your toll pass in the rental window!
Mr C S P (no verificado)
October 15, 2019
I just returned a rental car from a 2-day trip. The taxes are absurd and I notice a “frequent flyer” charge. I am at a loss for whatever that charge is and really have no idea where these extra charges appear before you rent a vehicle. It seems a bit scandalous on the part of these rental companies and all in the name of making money (which I do not object to) and secretly charging extra money. It’s the secrecy and hidden costs and that surprise factor that leaves me a bit disappointed. So yes, good advice to heed.
steve 1 (no verificado)
October 15, 2019
Check your contract CLOSELY at the desk of the rental Agency BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE BLDG . We disputed charges added to our contract at the Phoenix airport rental center but we were told we would have to return to the airport to dispute the items we did not want need or request . We didn't notice the extra charges till we were out of town .We chalked it up to jet lag .
Benician (no verificado)
October 16, 2019
I always wonder about the insurance they advise you to buy. Do you really need it if you already have insurance. Is the price for the extra insurance reasonable for what coverage it supplies?
rj1999 (no verificado)
October 16, 2019
The last 4 or 5 years my experience has been that location fees (airport) and taxes represent 40 to 45 percent of the total cost to rent a car. This an easy way for governments to generate tax revenue, since visitors, not locals, pay it.
Shalini (no verificado)
October 17, 2019
What a shame that it is a buyer beware situation for domestic travelers and foreign visitors. A car rental in Florida tried to scare us into paying a lot more to cover cashless toll roads. I had read that most roads don't apply and when I pressed them for information the manager looked at a map and surprise surprise, told us we didn't need it after all as the roads we planned to travel were not cashless.