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It very much depends on what you mean by mess up. For the purpose of this answer I will assume you meant engine damage linked to combustible type, rather than other possibly infrastructure-related issues. This guy seems to have driven quite a few kilometres in South America, and can thus provide some useful hands-on experience. Probably worth a reading. ...


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(I see that this is an older question -- but since it has been recently edited, it is now at the top of the feed. Since I have some experience in trying to make these plans, I figured I'd add an answer in the hope that it would be helpful to others who come across this question in searches about car rental.) My experience is that the Hertz website gives ...


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Wikipedia has a summary article on American speed limits, and more detailed speed limits by state. Most cities and states have default speed limits, for places where the speed limit is not posted. Theoretically, people can look up these speed limits. In practice, the following default speed limits are very common, and most Americans assume them unless ...


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If you still have possession of the rented car, and if you didn't purchase the optional "everything's completely covered" insurance, and if it's still safely driveable, and if the pre-existing damage was noted on your agreement to rent the car (at a pre-rental inspection)... Then you could take the car to a few accredited (AMA, motor club, etc) repair shops ...


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Towns sometimes post the default speed limit on a sign near the city limits. In my experience, densely populated areas will almost always have speed limits posted everywhere, except on residential streets. For residential streets, the speed limit should be at least 25 mph. For gravel roads out in the middle of nowhere, it's anyone's guess, but it should be ...


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Many GPS driving devices or apps will tell you the speed limit for your current location. For example: List of Garmin devices with speed limit indicator


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There is generally no official database that provide you with the speed limits on various roads because State and Local authorities can specify speed limits on the roads within their jurisdiction case in point New York City. But there are places where you can find it such as Wikispeedia or Open Street Maps as described in the help discussion.


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In the United States, unless you're renting a large truck, it'll be a gasoline car. That said, virtually every vehicle in the US is marked either on the gas cap or on the filler door with the type of fuel needed, e.g. "87 octane unleaded". Additionally, there may be a note near the fuel gauge saying the same thing.


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Look at the Glowplug Indicator Fuel combustion in Diesel engines is achieved by temperature rise due to fuel compression alone, without the need for spark plugs. This however means that a cold engine -- i.e. one that has been switched off for a while, or one used in cold weather -- might struggle to ignite at start-up. This is why diesel engines are often ...


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If it's a UK vehicle you can do a DVLA lookup using the car's make and registration. It will give you a short list of information about the car. About half way down is the fuel type.


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You didn't mention what type of vehicle you're using. I just got back from a 18 hour trip in a car. I bought a Solid Foam Microfiber Backseat Extender from Amazon that goes on the back floor between the back and front seats. Amazon says it's currently out of stock but the link for it is: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X22GDG I then put his foam dog bed ...


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First, I agree with everyone else, your best choice is a minivan. The SUV will be parking nightmare and you'll get tired of climbing in and out of it. Further, you'll have to fold "up" the third row of seats to fit any decent amount of luggage (I am talking about Tahoe/Yukon - the Suburban is a monster, avoid it). These seats do not fold into the trunk (due ...


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The big question mark is how well your dog travels. We've got a dog that will just curl up and sleep for as long as we choose to travel - she's done 14 hour non-stop trips with no issues - but I also know dogs that whine incessantly without regular (three hourly or so) stops to relieve themselves and/or have a walk around. This will significantly affect ...


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In any case, you will need children's seats (just for the record; and your budgeting). Most of the UAVs (aka SUVs) are essentially trucks. Oversized, and if you are not used to that size, you may not really enjoy things. And they are quite expensive to rent and to operate. So, you have another "vote" for a minivan or a station wagon. I don't think that ...


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Sounds like you have done tons of research already regarding the vehicle. As a FL/Orlando resident I have helped folks come down here and I see how you can overspend in various ways. Looks like you are all over the map here. Assuming you are going to be relatively centrally located at least part of the time then you could probably hit the state in a 2 ...


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I think that the provided answers give solid advice worth considering. However, since this is a vacation to Florida, I feel that someone might as well throw in some "Pros" for going with the oversized, luxury SUV. To be clear, my hunch is that the mini-van class will probably suit your families needs, but if the rental car dealership has enough cars ...


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I'm going to second the minivan suggestion. In particular, the Dodge Caravan / Chrysler Town and Country (essentially the same vehicle with some aesthetic differences) is a good choice. Luggage for 4 people for 3 weeks is probably going to take up a lot of space, which will likely exceed the baggage capacity of most sedans. Minivans, on the other hand, ...


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For what you are doing a minivan works best. It has plenty of room for you and the kids and lots of baggage. The side doors are nice a big making it easy to put the kid's car seats in (and out). You tend to sit a little higher up in a minivan compared to a sedan,l so better for checking out the scenery as you drive. The SUVs really provide nothing more ...


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A Chevy Suburban is an absurdly large truck. It won't handle like a car, it won't fit in some parking spaces, and there may even be a few people left in America who will look at you funny for driving such a monster. Let's start from the smaller end and work our way up, shall we? I'm looking the Hertz offerings because it's one of the most major rental ...



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