In car rental, drop-off policy is a supplier’s policy relating to one-way rentals. This policy specifies which rental branches are available for drop-off and if there is an extra fee for one-way rentals. One-way rental is only available between the branches of the same supplier. Many suppliers charge a one-way fee (also called drop charge or drop-off fee) to cover the cost of taking the car back to the pick-up location. This fee is usually used when the car is taken to another city, airport or country. It is less often charged when returning the car to a different branch in the same city.
The drop-off policy can differ depending on the rental car supplier. For this reason, it is important to read the supplier’s Terms and Condition before booking a one-way rental. Usually, a one-way fee is added to the price before booking, so the customer can also see it in the price breakdown.