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It's a bit general question, but to narrow things down - What is the cheapest strategy for renting cars if you have two little children:

  1. carry baby seats with yourself

    or

  2. rent car with two baby seats, although I didn't manage to find car with a single baby seat yet.

I'm considering Greece if it matters. Don't know yet what car rental company I would use, although cheaper is better and it depends on answers. If, for example, baby seats are rented only by expensive megacompanies like Hertz, then it would be cheaper to carry seats.

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Welcome to travel.SE. First please review the FAQ on the subject of asking good questions on this forum. Second we need more information: 1. Are you flying to the place where you rent a car. 2. What rental company are you using? –  Karlson Mar 26 '13 at 13:00
    
@Karlson Thanks. I've edited my post. –  nikita Mar 26 '13 at 13:16
    
I just checked some rental companies and the prices are about 3 EUR per seat and child. So for a short period it's better to rent it, and if you want to rent a car for a month then it's better to bring your own –  Dirty-flow Mar 26 '13 at 14:41
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Generally speaking depending on the age of Children you are allowed to bring child safety seats on flights. See question asked here on the subject. So if you're allowed to carry and use the child seat on the flight just bring your own.

Car Rental companies will provide a child seat(s) for you irrespective of whether it's someone large as Hertz or someone smaller.

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Give kids ages the rules in the US which are in most cases similar to the EU you will need to have a car seat similar this one, so if your seats are similar you more then likely be fine.

As far as ISOFIX is concerned I am yet to encounter a seat that was ISOFIX only, so you should not have an issue using it in any car.

One more note. We personally always opted for our own seat because one time that we had to rent our son couldn't get comfortable in the seat for a somewhat prolonged journey.

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I need two child seats. –  nikita Mar 26 '13 at 14:24
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@nikita There is no issue with renting 2 just double the price. :) –  Karlson Mar 26 '13 at 15:51
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Pros of bringing your own seat:

  • no extra cost, permissions, waiting while they find the seats at the rental agency
  • you know how to work the seats
  • your kids are familiar with the seats
  • you can also use them on the airplane

Pros of renting a seat:

  • the car will be sure to have tethers
  • the seats are sure to fit the car and be right for the country you're in
  • the seats might already be correctly installed in the car, possibly saving time
  • you will have less to carry in the airport

If I was landing late at night somewhere that I didn't speak the language, or if my children were creatures of habit who didn't sleep well in unfamiliar situations, I'd bring the seats and control my own destiny. If I wanted to use the seats on the plane (having paid for kids tickets), I'd bring the seats. If I had complicated stroller/car seat adapty combos, and wanted to use those strollers at my destination, I'd bring the seats that worked with the strollers. If I hadn't bought plane tickets for the kids, had lots of time on landing and knew that my kids accepted unfamiliar things without much complaint, I'd rent the seats for maximum convenience and bring some soft flannel blankets to make random seats more appealing to them.

I don't know how long you're renting for, but in the overall budget of a flying vacation for four people, I wouldn't let 20 or 30 Euros factor into the decision at all. I would just be trying to make the day of flying and arriving, and the day of leaving, as easy as can be, and to keep my kids content.

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"Waiting while they find the seats." Oh the happy memories! On one occasion that actually had to go and borrow them off another company. So much for ordering in advance... –  Benjol Mar 27 '13 at 14:18
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It depends where you are traveling from. The US and the EU use different institutes to test for road safety. If you would be bringing your EU child seat to the US or vice versa, you are legally not compliant to local rules.
I am pretty sure both type of child seat will be similar in providing a level of safety. I have heard that some renting agencies do require to use a seat that is compliant with local laws, so in that case you can end up renting a child seat, even if your brought your own.

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I have one brand certified isofix seat and one cheap universal seat(maid in China )). Who and how would examine them? Police do such kind of things as examining child seats so closely? Anyway I go from Russia to Greece. –  nikita Mar 26 '13 at 14:30
    
@nikita How old are your kids? –  Karlson Mar 26 '13 at 15:53
    
1 and 3 years old –  nikita Mar 26 '13 at 16:06
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