Most car dealerships are individually owned and set their own rental policies, but several brands — including Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Subaru, and Toyota — rent cars at specific locations. Below, we have the list of dealerships that rent cars across the U.S.
The List of Car Dealerships That Rent Cars
There are many car rental companies to choose from — even some that will pick you up and drop you off (as previously reported). But can you rent a car from your local car dealership? Renting a car from a dealership can be most convenient when you need to drop your car off for service. It can also give you a chance to try out a car for longer than a test drive before you buy. Most car dealerships are independently-owned franchises, so each location sets its own policies. But we were able to find dealerships under many car brands that offer rentals.
General requirements for car dealership rentals include a valid driver’s license, a refundable deposit ranging from $100 to $200, and full coverage insurance. Some dealerships also have minimum age requirements of 21 or 25.
Below, you’ll find the list of car dealerships that rent cars. Of course, we were unable to check every car dealership in the country, but we’ve included a few specific locations for each car manufacturer.
- Vehicles typically available: Full-size cars like the Malibu and Impala, Silverado trucks, and Traverse SUVs
- Locations: Only some Chevrolet dealerships offer rental cars, including Bryner Chevrolet in Jenkintown, Pa.; Art Gamblin Motors in Enumclaw, Wash.; and Weeks Chevrolet Buick GMC in West Frankfort, Ill.
Note: Chevrolet’s parent company, General Motors, offers car-sharing services in more than 10 cities through Maven.
Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM
- Vehicles typically available: Chrysler and Dodge sedans, Jeep SUVs, and occasionally RAM trucks
- Locations: Select dealerships, including Capital Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Garner, N.C.; Glendale Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in St. Louis, Mo.; and Rogers & Rogers in Imperial, Calif.
Note: For more truck rental options, see our article on one-way pickup truck rentals.
- Vehicles typically available: Focus, Fusion, Escape, Explorer, Expedition, and F-150
- Locations: Some dealerships that offer rentals include Lasco Ford in Fenton, Mich., and Woody Anderson Ford in Huntsville, Ala.
- Vehicles typically available: Acadia and Terrain
- Locations: Select dealerships, including Kasper Buick GMC in Sandusky, Ohio, and Premier GMC in Rittman, Ohio
- Vehicles typically available: Accord, Civic, CR-V Fit, and Odyssey
- Locations: Select dealerships, including Hendrick Honda in Charlotte, N.C.
- Vehicles typically available: Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe
- Locations: Rentals are available at select dealerships, including Hanlees Fremont Hyundai in Fremont, Calif., and Tuscaloosa Hyundai in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Vehicles typically available: Optima, Rio, Sorento, and Soul
- Locations: Some dealerships offer rentals, including Coral Springs Kia in Coral Springs, Fla., and Tynan’s Kia Fort Collins in Fort Collins, Colo.
- Vehicles typically available: MKC, MKX, MKZ, and Navigator
- Locations: Select locations, including Caruso Ford Lincoln in Long Beach, Calif. and Landmark Ford Lincoln in Tigard, Ore.
- Vehicles typically available: Altima, Pathfinder, Rogue, Sentra, and Versa
- Locations: Select dealerships, including Modern Nissan in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Tamaroff Nissan in Southfield, Mich.
- Vehicles typically available: Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback
- Locations: Select dealerships, including Anchor Subaru in North Smithfield, R.I.; Hanlees Subaru in Napa, Calif.; and Stanley Subaru in Ellsworth, Maine
- Vehicles typically available: Toyota cars (including hybrids), minivans, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks
- Locations: Locations will vary by the reason for your rental. Select your rental type and enter your ZIP code on the Toyota Rent a Car website to find participating dealers in your area.
Note: Toyota has the most widely-accessible and easy-to-find rental program of any of the car brands we checked. Rentals fall into four categories: business, leisure, service/body shop, and “try before you buy.” About 40% of the Toyota dealerships we contacted offer all four rental types; another 40% offer service and “try before you buy” rentals; about 20% only offer service rentals.
Dealerships That Don’t Offer Car Rentals
During the course of our research, we found that the following dealerships generally do not offer car rentals (though most do offer courtesy cars and loaners during repair services):
- Audi (You can rent an Audi through Silvercar; learn more in our list of car rentals without under-25 fees.)
- BMW (BMW operates ReachNow, which offers car-sharing services in the Pacific Northwest.)
- Mercedes-Benz (Hourly and daily Mercedes vehicle rentals are available through car2go.)
Many car dealerships offer rental services, but because car dealerships are individually-owned, they often set their own policies. Select dealership locations for Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, and other auto brands have rentals available. Toyota rentals are the most accessible, as the brand has a dedicated rental locator that allows you to search for nearby rentals by type.