Flying into LAX? When you rent a car at an airport, you can’t avoid paying a collection of extra charges, from fees and surcharges to sales tax. Anyone who has flown into Los Angeles International Airport knows about the dreaded fees, including a $9 per day consolidated facility charge to fund a new car rental facility that has been in the planning stage for 20 years and won’t open until 2023.
Airport Fees on LAX Car Rentals
Customer Facility Charge
The airport authority mandates this fee and thus it is a more traditional tax. Renters at LAX pay a whopping $9 per day up to a maximum of 5 days ($45 maximum assessment per rental). This fee, which hits shorter-term renters hardest, pays for the consolidated rental car facility (CONRAC) slated to open in 2023.
Those mandatory taxes and fees add up quick.
Airport Concession Recovery Fee
This fee is not mandated by airport authorities, but it ensures the rental car company gets a slice of revenue while putting the airport’s cut in its own bucket. At LAX, it’s a hefty 11.11 percent.
Tourism Commission Fee
Car rental companies are required by law to pay monthly assessments to the California Travel and Tourism Commission on revenue generated at airport and hotel rental locations. This assessment is 3.5 percent of the rate.
Vehicle License Recovery Fee
This fee is levied by the car rental company. DMVs around the country charge rental companies much higher fees to register and title their vehicles and some state legislatures allow car rental companies to pass on some of those costs directly to the customer in the form of license recovery fees.
The current local sales tax rate in Los Angeles is 10 percent.