Sometimes you need more than just your average car rental — sometimes you need to tow something, too. While most car rental companies prohibit towing using any of their rental vehicles, there are several that allow it. If you need to tow something with a rental vehicle — a boat, car, motorcycle trailer, cargo trailer, etc. — we’ve got you covered with this list of rental car companies that allow towing.

In This Article:

  • Car Rental Companies That Allow Towing (With No Restrictions)

  • Car Rental Companies That Allow Towing (With Restrictions)

  • Car Rental Companies That Do Not Allow Towing

Methodology: The following information was gathered directly from company websites or by contacting customer service representatives. All sources cited when possible.

Rental Car Companies That Allow Towing (With No Restrictions)

U-Haul

U-Haul is the only company that allows you to use your personal vehicle to tow their trailers or their vehicles to tow your personal trailers.

  • Type of (their) Vehicles That Can Tow: 8′ pickup truck and 10′, 15′, 17′, 20′, 24′, and 26′ moving trucks.
  • Types of Trailers You Can Rent: U-Haul offers a wide variety of trailers, although availability varies by location. Options include several sizes of cargo (closed-top) trailers and utility (open-top) trailers. They also rent tow dollies, car carriers, and motorcycle trailers.
  • Provides Receiver Hitch? Yes
  • Can You Return to a Different Location? Yes
  • Read the above information and more on this page 
  • Visit U-Haul.com

Rental Car Companies That Allow Towing (With Restrictions)

Budget Truck Rental

  • Restrictions: Car carriers and tow dollies must be rented with a Budget Truck reservation and cannot be rented separately.
  • Type of Vehicles That Can Tow: 16′ and 24′ moving trucks
  • Types of Trailers You Can Rent: Car carrier, tow dolly
  • Provides Receiver Hitch? Yes
  • Can You Return to a Different Location? Yes
  • Read the above information and more on this page 
  • Visit budgettruck.com

Enterprise Truck Rental

  • Restrictions: You must provide your own towing equipment.
  • Type of Vehicles That Can Tow: 3/4 and one-ton pickup trucks
  • Types of Trailers You Can Rent: None.
  • Provides Receiver Hitch? No, you must provide all your own towing equipment.
  • Can You Return to a Different Location? Yes
  • Read the above information and more on this page 
  • Visit enterprisetrucks.com

Penske Truck Rental

  • Restrictions: Car carriers and tow dollies must be rented with a Penske truck reservation and cannot be rented separately. You cannot tow your own trailer.
  • Type of Vehicles That Can Tow: 16′, 22′, and 26′ moving trucks
  • Types of Trailers You Can Rent: Car carrier, tow dolly
  • Provides Receiver Hitch? Yes
  • Can You Return to a Different Location? Yes
  • Read the above information and more on this page 
  • Visit pensketruckrental.com 

U-Save Car & Truck Rental

  • Restrictions: Only available with certain vehicles. Locations and vehicle availability varies. Call ahead to confirm.
  • Type of Vehicles That Can Tow: Varies.
  • Types of Trailers You Can Rent: None. You must provide your own towing equipment.
  • Can You Return to a Different Location? Varies by location
  • Provides Receiver Hitch? No, you must provide your own towing equipment.
  • Visit usave.com

Car Rental Companies That Do Not Allow Towing

The following major car rental companies do not allow towing of any kind. They do not rent vehicles that have a bumper/receiver hitch. If you use a vehicle from these companies to tow something, you could be charged for damages. These fines vary based on the extent of the damage to the vehicle. Keep in mind that towing using a vehicle from these companies will void any insurance coverage you have – both through your own insurer or any coverage purchased through the rental company. No company will provide an official answer on exact fine amounts.

  • Advantage Rent A Car
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • E-Z Rent-A-Car
  • Fox Rent A Car
  • Hertz
  • National Car Rental
  • Payless Car Rental
  • Rent-A-Wreck
  • Silvercar
  • Sixt Rent a Car
  • Thrifty Car Rental

In Summary

While most car rental companies have a lot of great features, the ability to tow is rarely one of them. Your best bet for towing is going a little out of the box and getting a truck rental. U-Haul has the fewest restrictions on towing but, as you can see, there are a number of other good options to choose from.