Car-related travel questions. See also the "car-rental", "driving", and "road-trips" tags.

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How early do I need to arrive at Most na Soči for a space on the car train

Slovenian Railways run a car-transport train service from Most na Soči to Bohinjska Bistrica, called Motorail. This lets you skip a lot of driving around the hills, and is reportedly a fun journey ...
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What is the difference between “Gazole” and “Diesel” in France?

I am driving a car with a Diesel engine. I always thought that "Gazole" and "Diesel" were synonymous to each other, only to drive in a gas station which mentioned both terms, as in "Gazole" and "...
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buying a car in spain as a non-resident? [on hold]

for example, a spanish citizen is having an education at the autonomous university of madrid in the spanish capital madrid. is it possible for him buying a car as a non-spanish citizen, but he has ...
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What are the laws regarding sleeping in my vehicle by state

I want to plan an ultimate road trip to every state in the US. I am faced with researching each state for their laws regarding sleeping in owned vehicles. Is there an easier way to gain this ...
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AAA benefits as member of a European automobile club? (IHG rates)

This travel blog article (in German) mentions that also members of a European Automobile Club can use the AAA preferred rate for booking hotel rooms with IHG (a hotel group): Wer bei einem ...
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Carless in Portland Maine?

I'm considering taking the Downeaster train to Portland for a weekend, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how navigable the city will be without a car. Where exactly is the train station, can ...
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Which country in South East Asia will be cheapest to import and register an imported car?

I want to drive a car from Europe to South East Asia, probably a 40-year old Volvo Laplander C304 valued at around 10000 EUR, and then leave the vehicle registered in my name anywhere in South East ...
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What are good options for long term parking at O'Hare Airport?

I'm trying to figure out where to park for five days at or near Chicago's O'Hare Airport (Terminal 5). I know there are on-airport parking lots E, F, G which are conveniently accessible to Terminal 5 ...
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Where can I rent 90's sports cars in Japan?

Disclaimer: I am not advocating or planning on breaking any traffic laws, lots of fun can be had within these limits. As an Initial D fan, I would like to do a roadtrip to the various mountain ...
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Parking a camper near Barcelona

I plan to visit Barcelona next month in my camper, but want to sleep (Airbnb) in the city for a couple of nights. Has anybody suggestions where I can cheaply park my camper within easy train (or bus/...
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Traveling up California coast, where can I park and sleep in my car? [closed]

I'm traveling up the California coast and am looking for ideas for safe places I can park and sleep in my car. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Parking in Oxford

I'll visiting Oxford for the day (maybe four our five hours), on a weekday in the last week of July. I'll be driving a rented car, coming from London, on my way to the North of Britain. Where would it ...
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What car safety equipment is mandatory in Czech Republic? Do I need to carry spare tires?

Is spare tire (full size or temporary) mandatory in Czech Republic? I wonder if any tire would fit in my cars trunk. Right now, I only possess tire patch kit. I drive hatchback.
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Long term Car rental in Europe

There is a question here about Car buying vs. long term rentals as it relates to the US. Recently I've driven through Europe renting a car in Frankfurt for about 21 days from Sixt and I was wondering ...
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Is there a ZIP code I can enter when paying-at-the-pump in the USA with a foreign credit card?

In the USA, many pay-at-the-pump fuel dispensers that accept credit cards require a 5-digit numeric zip code that corresponds to the billing address of the credit card. In Canada, for instance, we ...
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Is there a ZIP code I can enter when paying-at-the-pump in the USA with a South Korean credit card? [duplicate]

Im trying to use my South Korean Visa credit card at the gas pump and it is asking for my zip code. What am I supposed to do? Is there a generic ZIP code I can use?
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Shipping my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S

The plan is to drive my car (a small 4x4) from Prudhoe Bay1 (Deadhorse), Alaska to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego in Chile. I will be travelling for an undetermined duration, with a minimum of two years. ...
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Legally drive a Canadian car in Central and South America for extended periods?

There are plenty of accounts from people who are driving around South America or even from North to South (minding the gap of course) but I have not found any indication of what formalities they had ...
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Why do taxis in Japan have mirrors on the hood?

In every country I've been in - save for Japan - cars have their mirrors on their doors. Even most cars in Japan do but the taxis don't. Any ideas as to why? It just seems strange. Here's a pic: ...
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Car shipping Do's and Dont's

I will be shipping my car from California to Alabama and currently looking for car shipping companies who does that on Yelp. I have following questions : 1) Are there any precautions regarding paper ...
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Things to do before shipping a car across the country

I am shipping my car from California to Alabama. I have already booked a broker and now waiting for the broker to find a carrier for me. After doing some research I found out that I should take ...
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Why are there so many well-kept ancient VW pick-ups on La Palma? [closed]

I've been recently on the beautiful island of La Palma, and in the rural areas, I noticed a considerable number of similarly-styled cars (same grey, all pick-ups), namely VW T2 pick-ups, which looked ...
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What should I consider if I want to lend my camping van to friends?

I agreed with some friends that they can borrow my camping van for a short roadtrip in Europe. I'm currently thinking about what should be done before the trip, and here's the list that I came up with....
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Where can I try an autonomous driving car?

I heard that in the Netherlands there would soon be a self driving bus, and this would be the first sharing the road with other cars. There are also a couple of other places with autonomous cars, but ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Ok, I know we're all adults here, but this is something that happens inevitably in most family trips I believe; it's occurred in our own family trips. You're driving on the road to your destination. ...
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Parking in Venice in August - should I book a parking lot?

I'm going to visit Venice for a couple of day in early August (yes, I know, it's probably not a good time to visit, but this was my only option), together with two kids. I think I'd like to book a ...
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How easy is it to park in Rimini in August?

I'm searching for a hotel in Rimini, Italy, for a couple of days in the beginning of August. Most of the hotels state "Parking available", but I suspect what is meant is simple street parking (at ...
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Getting pulled over in Switzerland

Since we've been discussing Swiss Vignette and steep fines were mentioned for speeding at Switzerland I got to wondering: In some countries getting out of the car and walking towards police with ...
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Cheapest place to park for two weeks while working in Boston?

Where is a good place that I can park my car for two weeks while I work in Boston? The hotel that I'm staying at charges an absurd 40 dollars a day. Plus, it looks like it would be a mess trying to ...
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Do you need a Vignette to travel the roads of Switzerland, and how can I obtain one?

To drive on Swiss motorways if I recall correctly one needs a Vignette based on what I have been reading I should be able to buy it at various places in the country. I am renting a car in Frankfurt ...
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What methods exist for taking a European vehicle from the continental countries to Iceland? [duplicate]

Hopefully straightforward; as a European citizen in possession of a full driving license and legal vehicle; how can one take that vehicle (or motorbike) to Iceland? Assume that any departure point ...
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Jersey City Journal Square PATH parking - how do I make a reservation?

I am planning on driving to NYC, and staying in Jersey City to reduce costs. I will be driving from my hotel to the Journal Square PATH Station to get into Manhattan everyday. On the PATH website, ...
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Turkey to Europe by car [closed]

I'm looking to travel across Europe by car, like a crazy road trip with some friends. I'd like to start from Turkey. What is it like to drive from Turkey into Europe because that's where I would like ...
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“Park and Ride” options to visit London?

We are planning to visit England (mostly Cornwall) by car. At the end, we want to spend a few days in London before driving back to the continent, but we want to avoid taking the car into the city. ...
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How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?

I'm going on a big national car trip, and I want to increase cargo space by getting a roof rack, but I'm wondering how much the additional drag will increase my gas bill. Is there any way to figure ...
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Forgot to get gas

I prepaid for gas and forgot to pump it but immediately returned to tell the cashier. But he would not return my money or let me get the gas. what should I do? This happened in Berwick Pennsylvania ...
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Where in Europe can I purchase a car without residency?

I am not a resident anywhere, but I am a New Zealand citizen. I plan to travel for the foreseeable future, mostly in Europe. New Zealand citizens enjoy good visa-free access to many countries, so it ...
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Buying a car in Australia or New Zealand as a non-resident? [closed]

Is it possible to buy, register and insure a car by a tourist (i.e. non-resident citizen of another country that entered on a tourist visa) in Australia or New Zealand? I was thinking about buying a ...
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How to calculate road toll charges when driving from Spain to Germany?

How much does one have to pay to go the whole way from San Sebastián (Northern Spain) to Munich (Germany) via French (and possibly Swiss) highways (i.e. autoroute or Autobahn)? Google Maps currently ...
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What are the rules on driving with a tow hook in the EU?

I am getting a tow hook installed on my car, the type that you can take off by removing two screws (tools needed). And hence two question: What are the rules in EU governing driving with the hook ...
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How does full-service gas work in Oregon?

I'm from a state in the US where all gas is self-service. When traveling to Oregon (where all gas stations are full-service), how does the process work? Do you just pull up to the pump and hand the ...
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Driving into Belarus

I'm planning to drive into Belarus with my own car and have difficulties to figure out what I need to prepare. I made the following list, but I also can't find a lot of information about the process, ...
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Car or Motorbike Insurance in UK for Business Visa visitor from India

What kind of insurance do I need to drive/drive a car/motorbike in UK if I am visiting on Business Visa? I have International Driving license from India.
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Where can I buy the German environmental badge while driving to my destination in Germany?

I am driving to Germany today and just noticed that I am traveling to a city which requires a so called "Umwelt-plakette" or environmental badge to enter. Normally you need to order them in advance. ...
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German environmental auto badge (Umweltplakette) [duplicate]

I have a short notice trip to Germany and will be driving. I haven't time to buy a Umweltplakette on line before I go (in 2 days). Where can I buy one once in the country and how easy is it? I speak ...
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in Berlin, do I have to pay for parking a car on weekends as well?

As far as I know, if I want to park a car in Berlin a I have to pay for the parking ticket. Do I have to pay on Saturdays and Sundays as well, or is parking on weekends free?
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Planning to stay for 3 months in Berlin, Germany. Should I bring a car with me?

I will be spending about 3 months (at least) in Berlin, Germany, primarly to look for some business oportunities or maybe a job. I am aware of the nearly perfect transportation services Berlin offers (...
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Are there any transatlantic car ferries from Europe to North/South America?

Can i drive onto a ferry from anywhere in Europe and drive off in America either north or south? It is something that me and my partner have wanted to do but we are unsure if this is even possible? ...
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L/100 km or km/L? which one is used? I am planning travel in Mexico & Colombia by car [closed]

In America we say the fuel economy of car in miles/gallon. I know in k countries people use liters/100 km. Some countries use km/liter. My question is: Which format is used in Mexico, Colombia, and ...
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Traveling from Germany to Czech Republic and back by car

I am an American traveling through Europe. I recently lost my passport and am planning to go to Czech Republic from Germany in about a week by car(and back a week later). Will I be asked for my ...