grace period in car rental

Grace period

In car rental, a grace period is a period of time defined by the supplier that can exceed a 24 h rental without influencing the rental price at the moment of booking.

For example, if the grace period is 1 h and the rental time is 25 h then the customer is charged only for 1 rental day. If the grace period is 1 h and the rental time is 26 h, then the customer is charged for 2 days. The grace period can differ between rental car suppliers.

Example sentence(s):
  • When returning your rental, a grace period of 4 hours between the agreed drop-off time and the actual time the vehicle is returned to the car hire branch will be applied. After this period has lapsed, an additional rental day may be charged.