The Miami-Dade County government wants you to know that if you rent a car from a car-rental company, you need to call ahead for a quote, and that if they don’t call back within 10 minutes, you’ll be charged extra for an extra hour.
“The company that you’re using to rent your car needs to call back to you within 10 to 15 minutes of your appointment,” the Miami-DC County government said in a press release on Thursday.
“If the rental company doesn’t call you back within the allotted time period, the extra charge for an additional hour of rental will be added to the rental rate.”
The press release also states that car rental companies that do not call back can be charged for the extra hour if you have to pay extra to avoid being late.
The press statement was issued on March 8.
The county is offering an extra 30% off the rental rates of its own cars, according to a local ABC affiliate.
The state of Florida is also trying to crack down on the practice of car rental cars being used for the wrong purpose.
According to a news release from the state Department of Revenue, the state is currently investigating whether the practice is legal.
The department said that since at least July 2017, “companies that use their cars to rent out their cars have been caught using them for the rental of the wrong vehicles and are subject to additional enforcement action from the department.”
This new initiative comes on the heels of a similar one the city of Miami had launched earlier this month.
“We want to make sure everyone has the information they need to know about the cars they rent out, and this is part of that,” said Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
“This new policy is the result of a comprehensive review of all rental-related practices and regulations.”