What You Need To Know About Car Rental Systems And Towing

Many people wonder if it is alright to tow when using a rental car. The ability to do so would make it very handy to tow a boat or RV when you rent an SUV for a weekend or holiday trip. In the past, rental agencies always secured a locking pin in the receiver. This made it impossible for renters to attach a tow ball and hitch. Is this always the case now? In this article, we will explore this question. Read on to learn more.
Car Rentals and Tows
Towing with a Car Rental

Most major car rental agencies don’t typically equip their cars with trailer hitches, like they do with GPS units. For one thing, this could be a very difficult feat to accomplish. A company that has a very large fleet would have quite a time keeping up with all of the hitch receiver locks for all of their vehicles. Additionally, it might be very difficult for a large rental company to really check the background of a car renter to be sure that person is capable of actually towing a trailer or boat.

It’s easy to see why many car rental agencies would not allow towing. It’s a risky business that is prone to mechanical problems. Additionally, the liability costs are very high. Still, it seems as if there should be some sort of waiver available to vehicle renters who have a solid background, good driving record and are well insured. This is especially true if the person in question is a solid repeat customer of the rental agency.
Unfortunately, at this time this kind of arrangement doesn’t seem to be an option, but luckily, there are a few places where you can rent a vehicle that is equipped with a tow hitch. The trucks rented through Lowes by the Hertz company are one example. These are three-quarter ton pickup trucks and Sprinter vans. U-Haul also rents vehicles with trailer hitches. Other companies that rent utility type vehicles will surely make towing arrangements available to renters with a solid driving record.
When you rent a vehicle equipped for towing from a good car rental system, you will be provided with complete instructions regarding how to drive while towing and how to ensure safety in general. This is a valuable resource, so don’t just toss these instructions under the seat! Be sure to review all of the instructions and follow them closely. This will reduce your chance of having an accident, minimize your liability and the liability of the rental company and help keep your driving record safe and sound.

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