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Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil?

Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil? If so, what are the requirements, from the leasing companies, as well as the transit authority (to drive in Brazil)?
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Importance of hotel location in Cape Town if you have a car

We will be visiting Cape Town, South Africa for a week, and on the recommendation of several friends who have been there before we are renting a car. Having a car limits us to hotels that have ...
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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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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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Will I need snow chains to travel from South Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas in late January?

I'm planning a trip in which we'll rent a car in LA in late January, 2014, we will then go north and then to South Lake Tahoe. After a few days of skiing we plan to go down to Las Vegas. Will I need ...
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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 it better to book a car rental in advance, or once I'm in Azores?

We will be traveling to the Azores, but we haven't decided yet on which islands to combine in our trip of three weeks. How does it work on a multi-island trip to the Azores and renting cars? Should I ...
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Grand Canyon Skywalk - details on access

So oddly, the official site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk (as far as I can tell) has nothing on it. The Wikipedia page has info on it, but there are a few issues: the access road is apparently ...
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Insurance and car rental in US

I'm going to rent a car in California for a week soon and was wondering whether to purchase insurance along with the rental. Some sources, eg Rental Car Insurance – should I purchase it? What ...
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How can I check if I'm allowed to take a rental car from Argentina to Chile?

I'm planning to rent a car in Argentina by one of the big, well-known companies. I'm also planning to drive to Chile for a day or two. I know that quite a lot of rental companies explicitly do not ...
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Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA?

Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA? I'll be arriving at 9:00 PM with my 5-year-old son, so I'd rather not have to then take the subway to LAX or walk ...
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Inter-country one-way car rental in Europe?

I'd like to rent a car in Germany, drive to Hungary, and return the car there. Do any car rental agencies allow such a thing (without an enormous fee)? I'd consider a fee less than 1-2 days ...
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Georgetown MD to Cape Charles VA without a car

I would like to go from Georgetown, MD (near Galena, not near Washington) to Cape Charles, VA next week, without a car. What's the best way to get there? What are the possibilities?
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Is there a cheaper alternative to car rental insurance in Mexico?

I'll be arriving in Guadalajara, Mexico tomorrow, and I want to rent a car. The Orbitz web site gives me a US$9/day option from Allianz. Then when I got to the rental agency, they told me the ...
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Red triangle, yellow jackets, etc. for rental cars in France

Our rental car in France does not have the items required by law, such as a florescent jacket and a red triangle. Should the car rental company provide these items?
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Can you rent / drive a car in the USA with just the paper counterpart of the UK driver's license?

A few weeks ago I lost my card UK driver's license somewhere in Arizona/Nevada. Next week I head to California. My new license may not make it here in time. However I still have the paper ...
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What is the minimum age to drive and to rent a car for a trip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas?

I want to travel from SF to Las Vegas and spend 4 days in LA in the middle. Well I want to rent a car to do all the path, but the following question came to my mind: What is the minimum age to rent ...
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Rent a car in Poland without a credit card

This summer I tried to rent a car in Warsaw without a credit card. It wasn't an easy task and it took my hours of talking until I could convince them that it is possible. However, I had to pay the ...
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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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How to deal with insurance excess when renting a car abroad?

Some time ago I had a car accident abroad where it was clear from the beginning that I was not liable (rear-end collision). Still the car-rental agency (one of the big ones) charged me the complete ...
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Car rental with baby seats - what is generally cheaper carry seats or rent seats

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: carry baby seats with yourself or rent car with two baby ...
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What are the rules for renting a car in Italy?

I am traveling to Italy next month and part of my trip is to Florence. I would like to rent a car for the day to see the countryside in Tuscany. Some sites I've read say I have to have an ...
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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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Japan: Car rental vs public transport

I'm planning a trip through Japan at the moment and stumbling over the question of transport. I read that I (from Germany) need a translation of my driver's license (which should not be a problem), ...
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Ground transportation options for late arrival at Portland Oregon Airport (PDX)

I have a flight arriving at 30 minutes past midnight at the Portland Oregon Airport (PDX). If possible, I would like to travel the same night from the airport to Hillsboro (about 30 miles away). There ...
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What do I need to know or do in order to rent a car in Spain?

I'm a US resident and am looking to rent a car in Spain. How do I get a license to drive there?
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Does having a US drivers' license reduce car insurance versus a Dutch drivers' license in the US?

I am currently studying in Buffalo, NY and have no need for a car. However, I may want to go on a road trip and the end of my stay on the west coast. Will it make insurance cheaper to get a driving ...
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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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Renting a car in Israel when under 21?

I'm going to be staying in Israel for the next 6 months, and I would like to be able to get around. I have a valid US driver's license, which is considered valid in Israel as well. The problem ...
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Car rental with no credit history

I do not have a credit card I'm under 25 but older than 21 I do not have a credit history I'm traveling to LGB airport and want to rent a car. They say there's no way to do that without a major ...
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Car hire out of NYC

I'm looking to find some reasonable car rental rates on 22 November for 4 days. The cheapest I've found is over 100 USD per day using kayak. Is this normal for NYC?. I only need a small car...
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Recommendations on Car Hire and Train Travel for a UK trip in March 2013?

We are flying into London in early March and after a few days wish to catch a train out of London and hire a car for about 2.5 weeks - drive around England / Scotland / Wales / Ireland. There will be ...
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Can I hire a car in the US with UK provisional Licence?

Whilst I am travelling, I would like to rent a car from NY or LA. Is it possible with a UK provisional driving licence?
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Will it be easy to find an automatic transmission car to rent in Killarney?

I will be in Killarney in about two weeks. If I set a reservation on the site now will it be that simple to rent/hire a car with an automatic transmission? I have heard people mention on older forum ...
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Which car rental companies do not charge for additional drivers (in London)?

I'm renting a car for 4 weeks. The additional driver charges are pretty high at Hertz and Alamo (which I've checked so far). Some companies don't charge though (I hear). Which?
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Alaska, from Anchorage to Fairbank, car/hotel vs MotorHome

I would love to travel to Alaska, the flight tickets are already expensive, and the hotel I think those prices are like too high for being Alaska, so came to my mind the option to rent a motorhome, is ...
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Thai drivers license in Costa Rica

I have a Thai Drivers license and Motorcycle license. Is this valid to rent a car / motorcycle in Costa Rica?
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Does the collision insurance (CDW) benefit of a U.S. Citi AAdvantage Visa apply to car rentals in Europe?

I have a credit card (Citi AAdvantage Visa) that offers collision loss / damage waiver insurance on car rentals paid for with the card. My question: does this benefit also apply when I am renting a ...
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Crossing from US into Canada as a European tourist with a rental car

My wife and I, citizens of Italy, will be travelling to New England for sightseeing. We'll have an ESTA (US visa waiver). We will arrive and leave at/from New York JFK and rent a car. Since we would ...
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Is it possible to rent a car on Île des Pins in New Caledonia?

Using a worryingly large slug of hotel loyalty points, I've just booked a two night stay on Île des Pins in New Caledonia, which is often called l'île la plus proche du paradis (the island the closest ...
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Full listing of rental car category

Is there a table or list of mapping between specific car models and the vehicle category of car rental companies? Some categories might be obvious but e.g. FSAR at Hertz are not. I and a group of ...
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Car rental without a credit card in Italy?

Is it possible to use car rental services at airports in Italy without having a credit card? When I read the terms of conditions (e.g. Hertz, Budget, etc.) they state debit or credit card might be ...
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Where do you collect hire cars at Noumea Tontouta airport?

The Noumea Tontouta airport website has a map of the main floor on their site, which just has an arrow pointing into the distance for hire cars. On the overall airport plan there doesn't seem to be ...
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Is liability insurance required in order to rent a car?

I do not own my car, and thus do not have auto insurance of my own (otherwise, auto insurance typically follows you where you go, including to any rental cars). When I went to rent a car, I was told ...
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Renting a car in Canada and drop it off in USA

I already asked a very similar questions here. But this time I'm looking for a car for two weeks (end of August until first week of September). I want to pick it up in Montreal and give it back in ...
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Where should I look for cheap renting cars in USA?

I would like to rent a car in the USA from beginning of September for approximately 1 week. I would like to rent it in Niagara and give it back in New York. Where should i look for cheap ...
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What kind of Canadian drivers' license do we need to rent a car in the USA?

My boyfriend and I are planning a roadtrip to California in June. We'll both be 26 at the time, and we both have drivers' licenses - just different kinds. Mine is a Class 5 license, which is the ...
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Car rental - Why is “Pay Now” more expensive?

I would think that the Pay Now option would be cheaper, but it's more expensive! The total cost of rental is almost double my flight cost. Yikes. So, why the heck would I Pay Now? Is there an added ...
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Can you sightsee in Portland, Oregon without a car?

I know that for many US cities, a car is either required for all sightseeing, or for most sightseeing beyond the basics. (Covered by questions such as these). However, I hear that Portland, Oregon is ...
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Open museum in NYC for Thanksgiving

Are museums going to be open for Thanksgiving? I am also interested about renting a car in NYC, on the 22nd of November, but I cannot find anything open that day. Is the airport the only option?