Cleaning policy

Do you have to clean a rental car before returning it?

When returning a rental car, there’s no need to wash or wax it. Just make sure that it’s in the same condition you received it and reasonably clean. Another customer may be waiting to pick up the car once you return it.

If the vehicle requires excessive or specialized cleaning, a cleaning fee may apply. So you must make sure you return the car clean and avoid additional cleaning charges!

The ABC AUTOCARS will always charge you if you return the car in a messy condition. The car will require deep cleaning, charging the hefty Advanced Valeting Fee.


Never assume that pets are allowed in a rental car. Check the rental agreement at the beginning to know whether pets are allowed.


All vehicles on ABC AUTOCARS are non-smoking vehicles.
Do you have to clean a rental car and pay $500 fee? It would be yes if you smoke in a rental car. Smoking is one thing that you should strictly avoid while using a rental car. If you feel like smoking, it is wise that you park your car, step out of the car and light the cigarette. The cost of removing smoke odor can go as high depending on the damage caused by the smoke to the vehicle.

Bird poo/Sand/Mud/Leaves/Tree Sap

A few items add extra charges based on where you travel or park overnight. Avoid parking your car under trees for longer periods.
Bird poo and tree saps make your car look horrible. Tree saps are sometimes difficult to remove and may not even disappear with a normal car wash. It can add a hefty cleaning fee to your final bill.
Sand will always be a headache if you’re visiting a beach. Even if you go to a beach, try to reduce the amount of sand entering the rental car, which is never easy! If a great amount of sand enters the car, it is good that you get vacuuming and cleaning done before returning
Even mud and leaves enter the car but are easier to remove than sand. Leaves and sand can incur a cleaning fee up to $250.

Do you have to clean a rental car while picking it up?

ABC AUTOCARS will rent you the car only after completing a deep cleaning. So, you don’t need to clean the car while picking it up. For a safer side, you can use car sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, or a car disinfectant to clean regularly used parts.

Essential info

•It isn’t mandatory that you should clean a rental car upon returning.
•Make sure that you take some photos of the car, which is proof of the original condition of the rental, while picking it up. Also, take the car’s interior and exterior photos while you return it.
•Ensure there is no trash or foul odor while you return the car. Do a quick car wash before returning if the car is messy.
•Never park the rental car under trees for a longer period.
•Strictly avoid smoking in a rental car.
•Returning the rental car in an untidy condition will add a hefty cleaning fee to your total rental bill.

Violation fee

If there’s clear evidence ABC AUTOCARS shall be entitled in its sole and absolute discretion charge you between $50-$500 plus an additional 3% processing fee
•Leaves/sand/interior dirt/minor food or beverage spills/sticky substances on the vehicle’s interior
•Biowaste or bodily fluids/Spills or waste
•Bird poo/mud/tree sap/caked-on mud/insects or stains
•Excessive or specialized cleaning
•Pet hair
•Stains or residue in the vehicle’s interior that would require steam cleaning or a full detail


we won’t charge a violation fee for the following ineligible cleaning issues
•Minor interior messes of items that can be thrown away
•Minor sand or leavs that can be removed without washing or vacuming a car