Rent it here, leave it there may be convenient but could cost big bucks when you rent a car.
When planning your vacation travel or business trip, if you pick up the car in one spot and leave it in another, you should consider the drop-off charges, particularly if you change states. When one consumer rented a car in New Mexico and turned it in Las Vegas, the $350 drop-off charge cost more then the rental of the car.
Drop-off fees vary greatly from company to company and even state-to-state. For example, in Florida there is not usually a drop-off charge as long as the car is picked up and dropped off in the state.
Some car rental companies charge a higher daily rate for one-way trips, instead of a lump sum drop-off fee, which may be a wise choice for a short rental, but not a good option for longer trips.