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If I visit Los Angeles, am I better off renting a car or not?

California has a pretty notorious reputation for having bad traffic, so I am wondering if it would be worth my time to rent a car when I visit there. If I stay within the LA area, is public ...
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Is it dangerous to drive through Death Valley?

I planned to drive through Death Valley with a rental car during end of May or beginning of June. Now a friend of mine told me that this is a little bit dangerous, and that a lot of rental companies ...
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Car rental vs. buying a car for 1 month

I would like to visit a few places in the states sometime next year, and I was thinking of doing a road trip while I'm at it. I could start in either Los Angeles or Montreal, and then I would like to ...
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Should I purchase rental car insurance? What protection does my credit card provide?

We just arrived in Hawaii this afternoon, and when I went to pick up the rental car, I discovered I hadn't done my homework with regard to the insurance options. I recall that my credit card will ...
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Why is car rental in the US so much cheaper when booking from outside the US?

I'm going on a road trip from San Francisco to New York in a month and I was checking several car rental companies. The big bang brands (Hertz, Europcar, Avis...) were all very expensive, about $2000 ...
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Is it possible to rent a car in one US state and drop it off in another?

I'm from the UK and I'm looking at planning a road trip around the US with some friends. I wondered if it was possible to rent a car in one state but drop it off in another. If it's possible do they ...
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Do rental cars in France come with the two legally required breathalyzers?

As of June 2012 France requires all cars / drivers to carry two self-test breathalyzers. Do all rental car companies supply them and if I use one what is the charge associated with it?
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Where can I stash a rental car while visiting London?

I hear you don't want to drive a car around London; that you should take public transportation. If I've got a car I've been driving for another portion of the trip, what should I do with it while ...
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Renting a car in Ireland & Great Britain: 1 rental or 2?

My wife, two kids and I will be traveling in Ireland and the UK Nov. 1st through 21st. We're flying into and out of Dublin. Our plan is to do a clockwise tour: Fly into Dublin -> Belfast -> Scotland ...
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Hiring a Ferrari in Italy

I am planning a trip to Italy, and would like to hire a Ferrari for a day. I am aware that this will be expensive. What should I watch out for? When the deductible is 80,000 Euros, I'd assume it's ...
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Do I need Gravel, Sand and Ash insurance when renting a car in Iceland?

We are planning our trip to Iceland and want to rent a car for a few days. A few trips (i. e. to Svartifoss) might go a bit off road. Does it make sense to buy a Gravel protection insurance, or is ...
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With car rental should I pay now or pay later?

I'm just checking some car rental options for May and June in California. Avis for example offers the pay now and the pay later option. When you chose pay now, you have to pay the full amount while ...
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Websites for car relocation in Europe?

Is there a good website for car/camper relocation in Europe ? I mean, those companies that allow you to rent a car/camper for free from point A to point B. Let's say between Netherlands and ...
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Driving in Iceland: a good idea?

For this summer I am thinking about going to Iceland. I would like to fly to Reykjavik, spend some days there, then rent a car, travel around the island and then fly back home. Now I have a few ...
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How can I visit areas with unpaved roads in a rental car?

In the southwestern United States, many interesting spots are only reachable via off road trails. Rental car contracts seem always to include a clause that disallows driving on such roads (even when ...
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Are there any legal requirements for renting a car in the US as a foreigner?

I am planning a road trip in the US with some friends and plan to rent a car for the purpose. Are there any legal requirements for renting a car. Do they require a US driver's license? Do I have to ...
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Can I use my probationary Australian driver's license to rent a car in the United States?

I got into this driving thing kinda late, which means I have a probationary driver's license from Victoria, Australia that looks kinda like this: (courtesy Angie Sommer's blog) This basically means ...
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How do carpool lanes in the US work?

I'm doing some research for our roadtrip through SW USA (+Calif.) and ran into "carpool lanes" and this came to my attention: Hopefully if you're not travelling alone, you will be allowed to ...
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Where can I rent a car in French Guiana to cross to Suriname/Brazil?

Flying to Suriname can be very expensive since the transatlantic connection is tightly controlled by the GOS. A less expensive solution is to travel to the neighboring French Guiana which is ...
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Would renting a car in Basel, Switzerland be safe for a foreigner?

I am from the US, and will be traveling to Basel, Switzerland for about a week. While there, I need to get from the airport to the hotel, the hotel to a certain location every day and back, and then ...
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Crashing a rental car abroad

What happens if I (a US citizen) rent a car in, say, the UK, and crash it because I was driving on the wrong side of the road? Do I have to pay the damages out of pocket? What if I don't have the ...
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Car rental in Sydney - airport or town?

Three of us fly into Sydney in January. I've looked up car rentals, and am just wondering logistics wise, if we're heading west to Orange afterwards: is it easier to pick them up from the airport ...
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Rent a rental car without a valid driving license?

A friend plans to go to USA in June. There he wants to rent a car to travel through the country. Unfortunately, he got a speeding ticket during the last weeks now his driving license is suspended for ...
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Are there any techniques, tricks, or tactics to avoid a one-way fee when renting a car?

Very often, when renting a car and dropping it off at a different location than where you picked it up, you have to pay a huge one-way fee. Have you successfully used any technique, trick, or tactic ...
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Hiring a car in Berlin and dropping it off in Barcelona for a road trip

I am planning on a road-trip from Berlin to Barcelona. I am most interested in knowing if I can hire a car in Berlin and drop it off in Barcelona. (also, if anyone has tips on routes to take that is ...
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Car rental in Japan

Is it possible to rent a car in Japan with a Swedish drivers license? What is the traffic like? I figure that there is not much use in driving in the Tokyo or Osaka areas. What are the options for ...
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Car return / relocation services in Canada?

In New Zealand there are car return / relocation services like Transfercar which allow you to find one that a rental company wants moved from A to B, and you do it for them, often at very minimal cost ...
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Truck rental, Mexico pick-up, U.S. drop-off

So my car recently died here in Mexico, and I need to tow it back to the U.S. to have it worked on. (It's a long story). I'm hoping I might be able to rent a small (u-haul style, would be fine, or ...
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Manual or Automatic transmission: Do rental companies let you choose which type of car you want to rent?

Say I'm a foreigner renting a car in Brazil. What kind of car transmissions are popular in Brazil rental car agencies? Do they let you choose if you ask? I know standard transmission is, well, the ...
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Is it safe to drive in Morocco if you don't understand Arabic?

Because of the risk of malaria in Thailand we are now considering going to Morocco. I have read some interesting journeys by car in this country. When I searched on Google image for "traffic signs ...
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Are prices on car rental comparison sites the “real” price?

Are the prices on car rental price comparison sites (eg: Kayak, Expedia, etc) what you will really end up paying? Or are there a bunch of hidden "extras" or other additional charges that you will also ...
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How to get from Prague to Punkva caves and Macocha abyss?

On my next trip to Prague I would like to visit the Punkva caves and Macocha abyss. Can I get there by public transport or is it better to rent a car from Prague?
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One way car rental between Las Vegas and North Rim Grand Canyon

My family will be visiting the Grand Canyon (North Rim). My husband and I will fly to Las Vegas and rent a car. Our daughters will be joining us a few days later. They will also fly to Las Vegas, ...
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How to find car rental companies in Kalibo, Philippines?

How can I find a rental car in Kalibo, Philippines? Google didn't turn up anything useful. Is it even a good idea to try to find one, or should I just take cabs and busses to explore Panay?
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Paying French parking ticket from abroad

I got a parking ticket for apparently parking my rental car in the wrong place in front of my hotel. But as I had to leave quickly to get my flight back home, I was unable to pay it in France. I ...
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Car rental in Cuba

What prices can one expect for car rental in Cuba? On the Internet it seems ridiculously expensive, are there better deals locally? Is it possible to rent child car seats (and how much would it cost)? ...
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Pick up full tank, return empty policy

I decided to rent a car for a future trip - in Canada if it can help answering. On my rental contract, I could see the company applies a "Pick up full, return empty" policy for the fuel tank. I am ...
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How does one know if a rental car takes diesel or gasoline?

Quite unlikely, but what if I rent a car and forget to ask if it takes diesel or gasoline? Is it customary that it's written next to the gas tank inlet (I've only rented a car once, and this was the ...
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What is the minimum age to drive a rental car in the US?

I recognized that renting a car in the US is allowed at the age of 21 or 25. But are 18 to 21 year olds allowed to drive it if their parents or another 25 year old person signed the contract?
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What do I need if I want to travel from USA to Mexico with a rental car?

During the summer, I plan to rent a car in Calfornia, USA and do some roadtripping in the south-western part of the USA. I would also like a day trip to Mexico. Can I just drive through the border or ...
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Renting a car in Chicago with California license on a tourist visa

I'll be visiting Chicago next week as a tourist, and I'll enter the United States with the standard tourist visa. I am a French resident. Three years ago, I lived in California as a student on a F-1 ...
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Four to six days in Scottish Highlands - questions about renting cars and accommodation

I will be spending some 4 to 6 days in Scotland with my wife in about 2 weeks. We plan on driving around and seeing some of the beautiful sightings and places in the Highlands (and islands, maybe?). ...
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Getting around on Kyushu (Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Beppu)

We are thinking about taking shinkansen to Fukuoka and then visit Nagasaki and Beppu (possibly some place in the mountains as well) and probably stay a night or two in both places. Then back to ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get an upgraded/better hire car?

(In a similar vein to this question on hotel room upgrades and this question on flight upgrades...) Most regular car rentals agencies have various categories of car - Budget/Economy, Compact, ...
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Renting a car in Ireland when under 25?

My friend and I are planning a vacation to Ireland later this year. We'll be there for a week, flying into Dublin and then renting a car and driving around the country. Both of us are 23. Are there ...
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Are taxes included in fuel prices?

I'm planning a road trip through SW USA. One of the decision factors on which car to rent is the estimated fuel cost. I don't mind paying some extra $ for a more luxury ride, but it has to stay within ...
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How much cash should I carry for driving a rental car in Italy?

My wife and I are traveling to Europe this May. We are renting a car in Florence, Italy for driving around Tuscany. We decided she will learn the language and I'll learn to drive there. I've been ...
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One-Way Car Rental from Yerevan to Tbilisi

I would like to rent a car in Yerevan airport, drive it through Armenia, go to Georgia and leave the car in Tbilisi. Are there any companies who offer that kind of service?
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Car rentals in USA for drivers under age 25

Most companies in the US have a heavy surcharge on drivers under the age of 25. What is worse is that it doesn't matter if you are 21 or 24.9 when you rent. What can be done by under 25 drivers to ...
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Is a 4x4 a must in Iceland in April/May?

To rent a 4x4 small car is about 740 € (2 weeks) vs a small compact that is just 260 €. I have some experience driving off-road and I know that a "normal" car cannot go through some f-roads I've seen ...