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The Full Lowdown on Car Rental Grace Periods

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So you rented a car and everything went without a hitch. You got a great deal, used the checklist before leaving the lot, fueled up and saved the receipts. All that accomplished only to run in to traffic on the way back. Bummer.

This post originally appeared on Map Happy.

But there's still hope! Many places have a grace period on returns where no additional charges or fees will be applied to the final bill. Most agencies give renters an additional 29 minutes on their return times to account for unforeseen circumstances, with the exception of Thrifty, Dollar and Fox.

In any instance, it pays to be punctual. Here's the rundown on what different agencies have in place:

Sam Wright Fairbanks is an editorial fellow at Map Happy.

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