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There are many car rental agencies in Canada, so it is wise to shop around and compare rates and other conditions, including office locations, car availability, special deals, rates for large groups and possible partnerships with airlines or hotels. It is also possible to rent vans and trucks at car rental agencies.


rivers in Canada have are also able to rent cars by the hour, once they become registered users of such a service, for example, VRTUCAR, Car2go or Evoo. It is important to consider how much driving is intended, as well as the duration of the rental, since some companies provide unlimited driving distance while others may provide a lower daily rate, but charge for each kilometer or some combination of fixed allowance and kilometer rates. Some companies charge a hefty drop-off fee, if the drop-off location is different from the pickup location. Others charge extra fees for drop-offs or pick-ups at airports.

To get a vehicle of a desired size, advance booking is usually required, particularly during peak periods in the summer, holidays and on weekends. Most companies will rent only to those who present a major credit card at the time of booking. Typically, the credit card is not charged until the vehicle is returned.

Some additional considerations:

  • Some car rental agencies provide 24-hour roadside assistance.
  • Some agencies will pick the customer up and bring them to the car. Others will pay for taxi fare. It can be important to ask about pick-up options.
  • Although most rental companies will try to sell their customers insurance, this may already be provided by a driver’s own car insurance policy. It is advisable to inquire about this prior to arranging a rental. Some major credit card companies include car insurance for cars rented using their credit cards.
  • Most rental agencies require the driver to be at least 21 years or older to rent a car.Most will alsocharge extra for insurance if the driver is less than 25 years old.