Car Rentals: Child Safety Not Included

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Baby, Health, Insurance & Safety, North America, Road Trip

One would think that at any car rental agency, child seats would be available without much fuss. Think again.

According to Consumer Reports, a number of the major agencies won’t unconditionally guarantee child seat availability. Rates can also change depending on location, and some car rentals don't have a policy for a maximum rental charge. 

CarSeat Rental Policy at Top Rental Car Agencies

Here's what we found to help you make an informed decision about your next carseat rental.

Alamo (800/GO-ALAMO) will guarantee a carseat with your rental in the US and Canada at airport locations, but they are subject to availability outside the US. Average rates are $9.99 per day for each carseat with a maximum $60 charge per rental per month. 

Avis Rent-A-Car  (800/331-1212) Please ask for a seat when you make your reservations. Seats are available for both infants and toddlers at most U.S. Avis locations. Rates vary by location, but are generally $13 per day, per seat, with a $65 maximum charge per rental.

Budget Rent-A-Car (800/527-0700) guarantees a seat at corporate-owned franchises. Rates vary by location, and average at $13 per day, with a $65 maximum.

Dollar Rent-a-Car (800/800-3665) offers child safety seats at most locations. Average prices start at $12 per seat, per day and a maximum fee varies depending on location and duration of your rental.

Hertz (800/654-3001) Child seats are available at all U.S. locations for $12 per day with an $84 maximum fee.

National Car Rental ( 800/CAR-RENT) guarantees child seats and requires that children under the age of 5 years ride in a federally approved seat. Rates vary, but average $9 per day.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car (800/261-7331) seats are available at most airport locations, but you must contact the specific location to make a request. Prices vary.

Thrifty Car Rental (800/847-4389) Seats are available at most airport locations for $12 per day.

Bottom line: when making rental car plans, inquire specifically about child seat availability and get a guarantee with your confirmation number. Ask about their policies on cleanliness and safety before booking. 

And don't be afraid to ask for the manual if the carseat design is unfamiliar to you.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.


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Every vehicle must have this

Every vehicle must have this kind of seats for babies and kids. Safety is the very first thing that we should consider whenever we are traveling. Most of the car rentals around the world have this alternative as long as you mention it upon the reservation.


Childs safety is not there in rental car its real true for todays time. When we are planning to go in private car we never think about our childs compatibility. if you are going in your personal card then you never feel tensed because its your personal one and always try your best to keep all the comfortable things with you.


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I can't stress enough that it

I can't stress enough that it is worthwhile to check the rental car web sites periodically for new rates. Like the airlines, rental car companies change their rates constantly. However, unlike the airlines, there is no penalty for canceling or making changes to your car rental reservation. I have saved as much as $150 on a one-week rental by rebooking my reservation when the rate dropped.

It is best to ask and

It is best to ask and consider other options in choosing car rental service especially if you have kids with you. It's also advisable to inspect the car first if it's really child-friendly and always ask questions.

Car Rentals: Child Safety Not Included



I agree the child safety should be one of the prior things. But I have a good experience in such cases, whenever I am traveling with my family in a rental car and I need a baby car stroller then I mention it to the rental company at the time of booking. I think it may also depend upon the rental company. I usually book from . So you may also try if anyone has issues with their rental company.

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I always check the rates with several codes from that list and book the lowest, without even looking whose it is. So do my friends. We have never been asked to show any ID, certificate, business card, flight ticket or anything else. The rental agent really couldn't care less, and I'm sure the rental company is happy to get the business even at a low margin.

This is a nice and valuable article. Thank you very much.

I am tottaly agree, its car rental companies responsibility to provide child seats and other necessary arrangements which are useful for whole family while traveling but most companies neglect this. thanks for this information,nice article.

Kind of strange, these companies need to rethink there program. Car seats is an important feature to have in car rentals.

Seats for child are mandatory

Seats for child are mandatory to have in any trip. Its dis-heartening to learn that many car rental companies neglect this most important duty. Its best to inquire and confirm before taking car on rent. Good article for people planning to rent their next car.