• Rules for Smoking in a Rental Car Based on Rental Company

    There used to be a time when your favorite car rental company wouldn’t care if you smoked in their cars or not. In recent years this policy has changed at many of the larger rental companies. This article will discuss the smoking policies of 5 of the largest rental agencies.

    Budget Rent-A-Car

    Budget now has a strict no smoking policy on all of their cars. When you return your car, if the Budget employee smells smoke, you will be assessed a cleaning fee to remove the smell from the vehicle. This cleaning fee can be sizable.


    Hertz has gone half and half on the smoking policy. They have designated cars where smoking is acceptable and cars in which it is prohibited. If you desire a smoking acceptable car from this rental company, you must request it in advance. Availability of these cars is subject to availability upon arrival.

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car

    Enterprise is another rental company that has gone completely smoke free. Again, if the employee who inspects your vehicle smells smoke, you will be assessed a cleaning fee, which can be sizable.


    Avis has joined the no smoking ranks recently. Their whole fleet of cars available from Avis is non-smoking. If this policy is violated, Avis will assess a cleaning fee of up to $250 to remove the smoke smell from the car.

    National Car Rentals

    National still offers cars where smoking is acceptable. However, in the British Isles, all National rental cars are, by government regulation, now non-smoking.

    This article has addressed the question of whether smoking is acceptable in rental company cars. After reading, you will have the information you need to rent the car you need.