Vehicles are available to drivers over the age of 25 with clean driving records (no major moving violations, DUI convictions, or similar infractions). Unfortunately, we cannot rent any vehicles to drivers under the age of 25.
All renters must be physically present at the start of the rental. Unfortunately we do not allow 3rd parties to pick up vehicles and our employees must physically hand the keys over to the person who will be driving.
All renters must carry some form of insurance to cover damages to the vehicle in the event of an accident. You’ve got several options:
The easiest option is if you carry an insurance policy on a personal vehicle that you own or lease. We will verify with your insurer that your policy is active.
Customers from any state are required to maintain full-coverage insurance (liability, comprehensive, and collision).
The good news is that it does not matter what you drive personally – as long as you have insurance in good standing, your carrier will cover damages to our cars (think of it as if you were driving down the road and caused an accident with a guy in a Ferrari — your insurance will cover the damages even if you’re driving a VW).
Another options is if you have an American Express card – they offer a program called ‘Premium Car Rental Protection’. This is available directly from American Express and provides coverage for your GDC rental vehicle. This is a great option because it can be purchased in addition to your regular insurance policy and provides an extra layer of protection.
If neither of the above apply, there are some 3rd-party companies that provide damage waiver products. Please inquire for details on these options.
Vehicles are available to international visitors with a valid passport and driver’s license from their home country. We can arrange for insurance coverage for those international visitors renting for a minimum of two days. Please note that international renters who do not have their own insurance coverage will be subject to a higher security deposit ($5k – $10k, depending on vehicle).
We reserve the right to run an MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) report on all renters prior to the start of the rental in order to verify a valid Driver’s License.
Additional drivers may be listed on your Rental Agreement at no additional charge. Each additional driver must be present at the time of delivery, must submit a driver’s license in advance, and will be subject to the same age, licensing and driving-record restrictions as the primary renter.
You may choose to pick up / return your vehicle to our office or have it delivered directly to your home, office, hotel, airport, or other location. We provide storage of your vehicle at our locations at no charge. Door-to-door delivery is available for a small additional fee depending on the distance traveled.
Please note: All pick-up & delivery arrangements must be confirmed at least 24 hours in advance in order to guarantee on-time service. Any changes to pick-up or delivery times/locations with less than 24 hours notice may incur an additional transportation fee.
We are very flexible about vehicle return times – i.e. we’re not sticklers about a 2 day rental being exactly 48 hours. But once we have made a return appointment, we need to stick to it. There will be a 1-hour grace period with your scheduled return time, after which you may be subject to additional daily rental fees.
All renters must leave a damage deposit in the form of a credit card authorization, cashier’s check, or cash. Any damage found on the vehicle upon return will be billed against this deposit. The amount of this deposit will vary depending on the vehicle being rented and your type of insurance, but typically varies between $1,000 – $10k.
This deposit is fully refundable following the completion of the rental. If you are using an American Express card for the deposit, it is run as an “authorization only” (no actual charge). If you are using a Visa, Mastercard or Discover card, this deposit is run as a charge which is then reversed following the completion of the rental.
When you make a reservation, we may authorize your credit card immediately for up to the full cost of the rental, though you will not be charged until you physically take possession of the vehicle.
Because we have a limited supply of vehicles to offer, we pack the schedule very tightly. We offer a 24-hour grace period after you make your reservation to make changes or cancel (unless the rental is within 7 days).
If you cancel or reschedule your reservation in less than one week before the rental date, you may qualify for 50% refund (Exclusions Apply).
If you cancel or reschedule less than 72 hours before your rental (or are a no-show at the time of rental), you will be charged a cancellation fee of 100% of the total rental cost.
If you cancel or reschedule more than 7 days before your rental, you may qualify for a full refund (Exclusions Apply).
Please understand that there are no exceptions to this cancellation policy. We don’t mean to sound heartless, but you would be amazed at the number of last-minute deaths in the family, serious illnesses, sick pets, sick mother-in-laws, rabid dogs, and falling skies that people tell us about.
Unfortunately we cannot control the weather. That means, as per the cancellation policy above, we cannot offer refunds or rescheduling if the skies decide not to play nice.
However, if there is a weather condition on a particular day that might make driving dangerous (i.e. snow, ice, hurricane, tornado, alien attack, etc.) and you do not actually use your vehicle on that day, we may (at our discretion) offer you an extension on your rental or credit on a future rental.
For example, if you rent a car Fri. – Sun., it snows on Sun, and the car remains parked in your garage, you may be able to extend your rental through Monday for no additional charge. If you’ve got a question about this policy, just give us a call and we’ll work with you.
Cash, Cashier’s Checks, Wire Transfer, VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are the preferred method of payment for rental fees and damage deposits (for Cash, Wire Transfer and Cashier’s check a credit card must still be on file). Personal & business checks are not accepted because of the absolutely massive and absurd amount of fraud that seems to come with them.
An EZ-Pass is included in each vehicle, so you can zip through tolls and focus on driving (and having fun!) without worrying about fumbling for change. However, you will be charged for the tolls you have used (we will check the EZ-pass report for the period you rented the car, and will deduct from your card/deposit).
Vehicles are delivered to you with a full tank of gas and should be returned full. If vehicles are not return with the full tank, we will charge the market price for each gallon, plus $25 fueling fee.
However, when you do gas up, all vehicles must be refueled with Premium grade (93+ octane) gasoline. There is a $350 fee for filling up with a lesser grade. And yes, we’ll know.
We do not offer refunds for vehicle rentals or gift certificates. However, our goal is total satisfaction for our renters, so in certain situations we may offer credit for additional rental days (i.e. weather, see above). This is solely at our discretion.
In the event of an unforeseen mechanical failure during or prior to a rental, we will make every effort to repair or replace your vehicle with a similar or better model at no additional cost to you.
Discounts and special incentives cannot be combined or ‘stacked’ unless explicitly indicated. Pick the bigger one and enjoy!
Vehicles rented may not be driven outside the state of Illinois without prior written approval.
Our wonderful rental vehicles may not be used:
In the event of a violation of these Prohibited Uses, we reserve the right to end your rental and retrieve the vehicle.
The renter is responsible for all parking, traffic, speeding or other tickets or violations issued while the vehicle is being rented and must pay for any fees, penalties, towing charges, or impound costs.
Daily and weekend rentals include 100 miles free per day (exclusions apply) and weekly rentals include 700 miles free, unless stated otherwise. Each additional mile driven will be subject to a charge at the stated mileage rate.
Vehicles driven more than double the allotted rental mileage will be subject to an additional surcharge to cover excess wear-and-tear.