What are the taxes, surcharges and fees that I am paying in North America?
When you book with Alamo in the USA and Canada, the following taxes, surcharges and fees may be applicable.
- Sales Taxes and Other Governmentally Mandated Charges; Mandatory Airport Related Charges
- Non-Governmentally Mandated Charges; Non-Mandatory Airport or Hotel
Sales Taxes and Other Governmentally Mandated Charges; Mandatory Airport Related Charges
States, counties, cities and other governmental authorities may impose sales taxes, gross receipts taxes, fees and other mandatory charges, such as arena or stadium fees, on customers of car rental companies or car rental transactions. These charges appear in the charges section of the Rental Agreement.
At certain airport locations where Alamo is an on-airport concessionaire, Alamo is required to collect other mandatory charges from its customers and to remit them to the airport; these are sometimes referred to as Customer Facility Charges, Airport Facility Charges, or Transportation Facility Charges; these charges are also set forth in the charges section of the Rental Agreement.
Non-Governmentally Mandated Charges; Non-Mandatory Airport or Hotel Related Charges
At some locations, Alamo has elected to impose 'recovery fees' to recover or recoup all or a portion of its expenses related to a type of overhead. At certain airport locations where Alamo is an on-airport concessionaire, Alamo has elected to impose a charge, often referred to as a Concession Recoupment Fee or Concession Recovery Fee, to recover all or a portion of the concession fees which it is obligated to pay to the airport.
Further, many airports impose a fee on revenue from off-airport rental car transactions at locations where Alamo is an off-airport concessionaire; Alamo elects to impose a charge to recover all or a portion of this fee from customers. The fee, which varies by airport, will appear separately in the charges section of this Agreement as Airport Fee, or the like.
Other recovery fees that Alamo elects to impose at some locations include, without limitation: a vehicle licensing and registration recovery fee, often called Vehicle licence Recoupment or Recovery Fee or 'VLRF', which is the recovery of Alamo's average annual cost to licence and register its fleet in the applicable jurisdiction calculated over the estimated annual utilisation rate for that locale; certain tax recoveries not mandated to be charged to the customer by a governmental entity; a hotel concession recovery fee, which is the recovery of concession fees Alamo is obligated to pay to some hotel-based locations; and a tire and battery recovery fee, which is the recovery of certain fees related to tires and batteries which Alamo must remit to certain jurisdictions.