Can you rent a car to travel cross country?

I don’t have a car, but I want to drive to visit my mom back in my home state. It’s pretty far away from where I live now, but I want to save some money by driving instead of flying. Will I be able to rent a car to drive cross country?

Payton Ternus · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Driving is a great way to save some money, and you’ll get to see some pretty scenery! Most rental car companies in the U.S. do not have restrictions on driving across state lines, so you should be able to rent a car to drive cross country.
That said, some rental companies may have restrictions on the type of car you rent or the location you return it to, so be sure to let an agent know you’re planning on taking the car out of state.
Depending on the company, you should be able to drive cross country with one of these options:
  • Unlimited mileage rental. There is no limit on the distance you drive, so you won’t have to worry about any incremental fees.
  • One-way rental. Most large or national rental chains allow you to drop the car off at your destination instead of returning it to the same location.
Before you leave, check to see what kind of
car insurance
options are available for non-owners and what coverages for
rental car insurance
the rental car company offers.
If you frequently rent or borrow cars, it may be worth exploring
non-owner policies
. Jerry’s experienced and friendly team of agents are here to answer your questions and provide advice on the best coverage options.
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