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Rent the car! Los Angeles is built for cars. It has some of the worst public transportation imaginable, ever since General Motors conspired to eliminate the city's trolley system. Yes, there are busses and taxis, but you will find that busses take forever (and get stuck in the same traffic), and taxis are hard to find and expensive. Only 11% of Los Angeles ...


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So, first off, this isn't always the case. Point to point rentals can be cheaper in some circumstance. Especially if you're taking a car from an area with low demand to a return lot with high demand. You can get some great deals this way seasonally, but they're hard to shop for. That said, the reason it's generally cheaper to return the car to where you got ...


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tl;dr: You cannot Generally US rental companies don't have option to select transmission type, because they don't offer anything other than automatic. The only cars in popular rental companies would have any chance to have manual transmission, would be high-end sports cars. And even so, that chance is slim to none. For example at Hertz you have "adrenaline ...


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This really depends on the franchise, licensing and ownership in that area. In Germany, I rented a car in Frankfurt and returned it to Munich, no extra cost (national owner, national registration). In Calgary, I can rent a car at the airport and return it at any city location, no extra cost (same franchise). If I rent a car in Calgary and return it to ...


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Buying option For a one-month trip, I do not recommend buying and selling a car. Although it probably could be done, let me address some of the complications with that first, then I'll discuss rentals: A $3000 car will be old, and probably not very reliable. I would not trust a car in this price range to get me safely around the country without thorough ...


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I've been living in the LA area (in Long Beach, exactly) for 7 months, being there for studying abroad. I made the choice of not buying a car and solely relying on public transit. Well... as said earlier, LA is clearly made for cars. Most busses don't take the freeways and move rather slowly. It depends on which route and which agency. Also, even if Metro ...


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Are you after the physical answer, or the legal one? Presuming he still physically has his license, and it has an expiry date beyond when he will be renting the car, then he will most likely be able to physically rent a car. If he is pulled over by the police, then he will most likely be able to lie and claim that his license is valid, and he will probably ...


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I think Death Valley is not more dangerous than other landscapes with some precautions, so some advices with addition from the offical link Drive carefully. The monotonous landscape can easily lull you into being unresponsive and the lack of visual cues means that you are in danger to drive much too fast without recognizing it. This leads to sudden crashes ...


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Coverage is specific to each policy which can vary greatly for each country so it is hard to generalise, but I'll generalise anyway and hope it helps. As you mentioned, there are broadly two types of insurance that you need to consider: collision - which covers damage to the vehicle; and liability - which covers damage you may inflict to others. Since ...


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(The last paragraph is the TL;DR version...) I have bought a car in the US as a tourist four times, but twenty years ago. The first time I was only there four six weeks but I expected to go to all kinds of odd places at odd times so never considered doing it another way given the country's bad reputation for public transport. As pointed out in another ...


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Below are the answers to your questions, respectively: 1) Reykjavík is a pretty nice and relaxing city. How much time you want to spend there, depends on what you like and what you want to do there. If you like going to the pubs and just relax for sometime, then I would recommend to stay for a couple of days in Reykjavík. 2) If you want to take the Route 1 ...


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I have been to LA several times and have used different kinds of transportation: car, public transport, bicycle and walking. I experienced the city very differently depending on how I got around. I agree LA is a car city and I would recommend to drive around at least once to get a feel for it, but using a bike or walking is always better if you really want ...


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Driving the road is 830 miles and not that hard except for the narrow roads, blind curves, etc. There are villages all around the coast of Iceland. Nytimes has a good article. Now driving in the unpopulated highlands (the desert part in the middle) means driving in areas where there are no gas stations, no farms, no towing and you may have to drive across ...


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I'd want to hire it as far from busy big cities as possible. The idea of damaging one, even if insured, would be so upsetting. So to maximise this, you'd want to do it during term time (kids in school, less people on holiday), when there's good weather. You'll want to pick up the car outside of rush hour, so around 10am, and still have a couple of hours ...


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Any of the major car rental companies will allow a "One-way" rentals. Occasionally there are restrictions around specific locations, but in general if you're planning to go from a major airport to another major airport you'll have no problems at all. The issue is the price, which can vary dramatically depending on a number of factors. Some rental ...


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It's normally the driver's duty to bring the "éthylotest" (or "alcootest"), but some renting companies are providing one or two. Otherwise it costs 2 € in shop / pharmacy. Links (in french) for companies saying they provide it (in brackets, price you pay if you used it): Avis (? €), Budget (? €), Europcar (6 €), Hertz (5 €), Sixt (5 €). Always ask to be ...


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Answering my question since I was unable to find a solid answer elsewhere: Yes, you can. Whereas Aussie rental companies insist on "unrestricted" licenses, their American counterparts are happy with any "valid" driver's license. In San Francisco, the two random Hertz and Enterprise outlets I tried didn't bat an eyelid at seeing an Australian license, they ...


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Doing it without permission: Worst case you pay for a new car. Getting permission: Ask!!!. Find a person who has the authority to approve your request and explain what you are trying to do and why. It actually worked for us. It's important to find somebody who is able to authorise your request. Dealing with someone who is sympathetic but lacks ...


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"Hitop" is just a model description of a van with a permanent vertically extended roof in the rear compartment so that you can stand up in it. What you'll get in Australia is a "Toyota HiAce Hitop". Other body styles are generally well covered by vendor supplied photos. The Hitop is OK to drive, more liable than a car to be caught side on by a wind gust ...


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A couple of options: Park at an outer Underground station. I used to park at Newbury Park station to the east of London. It's just off the A12 and is on the Central Line. It's a bit of a long trip on the tube, but only cost about £5 to park for a full day. Depending on where you're coming from, where you're going to in London and where you're going ...


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Some companies rent manual cars. Here's one such company in San Diego. I can't help but chuckle that they have a paragraph explaining the context, and have 'how to drive a proper car' (my wording) sessions. I've not lived that long in the US, and finding a manual car to purchase was a struggle. We got a very fine two year old Saab, but gave up on the idea ...


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As a foreigner in Japan, if you want to drive, you have two options available to you: International Driving Permits Foreigners can drive in Japan with a recognized international driving permit for up to one year after entering the country. Recognized international driving permits must be obtained in your home country, usually through the national ...


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Within the United States, the answer depends a bit on when and where you are picking the car up and when and where you are dropping it off. Shopping around The obvious first step is to search as broadly as possible and to be as flexible as possible. Compare rates at Kayak, VroomVroomVroom, and other comparison sites. Planning the trip Sometimes, the ...


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At the entrance of a carpool lane, a sign always indicates how many people are required in each vehicle to be eligible, since situations sometimes vary. The sign can say "CARPOOL ONLY - 2 OR MORE PERSONS PER VEHICLE" In Los Angeles area, nearly all carpool lanes have a minimum of 2 passengers. I only have seen one case in which three passengers were ...


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I am not sure of that comment on air-conditioning, as when i have been in Vegas looking at trips like this all the rental companies said i would need to use air-conditioning in and around Death Valley! You definitely want a well maintained car, so use a reputable hire company, and you should let your contacts know your route and expected time of arrival at ...


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I have damaged a rental car - not from driving on the wrong side of the road but crunching it against a curb while turning around in a tight spot. We had declined their extra insurance because my credit card provides that as a benefit. The credit card company said to just send them the proof that I had rented the car as well as the receipts for damages. The ...


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TL;DR: Hire only on the days you're likely to need it. You'll almost certainly want a car if you want to get out of the city (Marin, Santa Cruz, Napa, redwoods etc), but if all you're doing is exploring the city, a car is unlikely to be worth the hassle. Getting around the city center with a combination of public transport, Uber and your own feet is easy, ...



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