National Car Rental for car hire in the USA with usrentacar


National Car Rental logo are proud to work with the largest car hire companies in the USA and none come much larger than National Car Rental.


Key Information

Free One Way Rentals*

National Car Rental offer free one way rentals in certain locations in the USA. One way rentals are free of charge between the following locations.

Florida - Free one way rentals within the state of Florida

California - Free one way rentals within the state of California (Excluding Convertibles commencing 01 July 2012 - 31 August. from all San Francisco locations  to all destinations will incur a charge of $350 USD plus tax) 

California to Nevada  and vice versa - Free of charge (excludes convertibles for above dates*)

California to Arizona and vice versa - Free of charge

Arizona to Nevada and vice versa - Free of charge

All one way rental fees are available for you to check online. Simply enter your travel details into our booking engine and select the 'Book Now' button, if a one way fee applies to your criteria it will be displayed on your screen. Alternatively you can just call us on 0845 226 8523 for more information.


Lowest Out of State One Way Rental Charges

Most suppliers will base their One way Rental fees on distance and the greater the distance, usually, the greater the fee. In fact some rental companies will charge up to $750.00 USD plus tax for one way rentals over 1000 miles. This is where National Car Rental comes into its own with a fixed limit of $250.00 USD plus tax for all out of state One Way Rentals. National will never charge more than this amount even if you're driving the 2000+ miles Route 66!


Free Additional Driver in California

Alamo Rent A Car, in conjunction with are pleased to offer all of our customers a free additional driver when booking a car within the state of California. The free additional driver will be detailed on your rental voucher.


National Car Rental Young Drivers Packages are proud to have been providing Young Driver Package with our supplier National for almost a decade. Our specially designed packages help reduce the cost of renting a vehicle in the USA for drivers aged 21-24. Please see the following page for more information on how to book Young Driver Packages in the USA


National Car Rental History

On August 27, 1947, a group of 24 independent car rental operators with 800 vehicles and 60 locations founded National Car Rental. Thus began a relationship that would see the group become a leader in its field. In 1959, the group incorporated as a for-profit corporation and quickly established an identity as “the best in localized, personal service.”

Over the years, National Car Rental would go on to pioneer many industry features to improve the rental experience for their customers. In 1954, they became the first car rental brand to offer one-way rentals for those wishing to rent cars in one town and leave them in another. In 1966, National Car Rental equipped its regional reservation offices with the “Telemax” computer system, officially becoming the first car rental company to bring computers into daily reservation operations. After airline industry deregulation in 1976, National Car Rental opened its doors to the new wave of leisure travelers when it became the first to offer flat rates to car renters.

As National Car Rental continued to grow and evolve, so too did its identity. One of the earliest companies to initiate corporate account business in the late 1970s, the 1980s and beyond, National Car Rental can be characterized by its commitment to the corporate traveler.

In 1987, National Car Rental introduced the industry’s first, comprehensive frequent-renter program, “Emerald Club”, along with the “Paperless Express Rental Agreement,” which made car rental faster by using information stored in the computer to process the whole transaction in seconds. National Car Rental continued to develop ways to make the car rental process more efficient to time-sensitive business travelers. Innovations such as the “Emerald Aisle,” where members select their own cars and are on their way without filling out any paperwork, allowed members to completely bypass the rental counter.

Later, the “Choice Rental Process” would give all National Car Rental customers the ability to choose their own vehicle. Keeping in tune with the needs of the growing population of small business owners, National Car Rental started “QuickRent” service in 2002, which offered customers, who were not enrolled in Emerald Club, the ability to bypass the counter when they complete their rental transaction online. In 2007, National Car Rental was acquired by the Taylor Family of St. Louis, which today also owns and operates Enterprise Holdings.


National Car Rental rates include 


  • Unlimited Mileage.
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) which is a combination insurance of both Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Waiver. As long as you adhere to the rental policy of the supplier you will not be held responsible for the cost of replacement or repair to your hire vehicle.
  • Uninsured Motorist Protection (UMP) up to $1m Liability Cover. Offers an Uninsured/Underinsured/Hit-and-Run Motorist Protection (UMP) that provides the renter and family members traveling together in the rented vehicle with up to $1,000,000 of non-stacked coverage for bodily injury sustained while driving the rental car, and caused by another driver who has no insurance, minimal insurance, or is a hit-and-run driver.
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) up to $1m Liability Cover. All drivers included on the rental agreement will not be held liable for third party claims for bodily injury or property damage resulting from an accident.
  • Basic Roadside Assistance
  • All Taxes and Airport Fees.