Posted August 12th, 2017, 10:31 AM
Cars at Yvr are licensed for the US to and from Seattle as rentals. Seattle can't rent them locally for use in Seattle or Washington State. They be rented back to Yvr or any office in BC.
Now it's licensing rather than insurance and they CAN be rented for a one-way trip (and another back to BC) which goes directly against your original point about needing a US plated car and your several prior claims that drop fees equal to the cost of returning the car on a truck were required for one way rentals. If your story was consistent it would be a lot more credible K50...
The Budget offices outside YVR are licensee locations - their owned fleet can't be returned outside Canada, and you can't book a one-way from the US to them; I experienced this firsthand in lovely Parksville when my Budget rental decided that windshield wipers weren't necessary in December.
For the other companies, the biggest reason they don't want their Canadian-plated cars going on one-ways to the US is that the primary speedometer markings are in km/hr. I have absolutely had, however, BC and Alberta-plated vehicles for domestic reservations.
Since I know you are a frequent visitor and car renter in this area VG I'm happy to take your word about your experiences, especially since you're confirming that you've seen Canadian plates, including BC, available for in-US rental. I can also imagine US drivers much preferring a car with mph on the main dial so being less desirable to rent except to folks wanting to make the return trip to Canada.
The Parksville Budget thing - if I'm parsing that correctly, you were on a drive up from the US and the wipers stopped working in or near Parksville? So you tried to swap cars at the local office and got the story about not being allowed to, since they'd then have a US plate car in Parksville and a BC plate from Parksville would end up in Seattle? This being forbidden, not by law or ICBC, but because the local Budget office is 'sub letting' from the main franchisee who puts restrictions on what they can do?
If I grokked that correctly then it sounds like a straight-up choice made by a particular business how to run their operations which may seem odd but is at least not being blamed on no-longer extant laws or the only insurer in the province (i.e. the same one who insures other rental fleets that do allow one-way rentals). I recall local press having a field day a few years back over dodgy business practises (spurious damage claims) at several Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island Budgets which turned out to have the same owner so that actually does link together somewhat.
But trying to drag this back to directly on topic - if you search for a one way car rental with your desired destination then regardless of whether it's Costco or Expedia or Kayak or an individual rental agency site, the results will show you offices who ARE willing to let you take a car from them to that destination and leave it there
. You certainly need to double-check the small print on Unlimited Mileage locations if you plan to deviate from a direct path, especially if you plan to cross into other provinces/states, but even if K50 is actually correct in any or all of the assorted claims made above it simply would not be relevant
to you as a renter unless you are silly enough to choose a rental with
a hefty drop fee instead of one without
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