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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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Many car rental companies will assign you a car before you arrive at the counter to pick it up - especially if you're a member of their frequent renter programs. They will normally base this allocation on the time that you've given when you rented the car, but if you're arriving by air then this has the issue that your flight could be early or late, so your ...


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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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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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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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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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As a native New Yorker, I've done this trip very many times via both car and plane. And I would only consider flying. It will be cheaper, faster, and much more pleasant for all. JetBlue is the best option in terms of comfort, though not the cheapest (if that's your main concern.) Countless other carriers do that route as well. The only exception in my ...


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Contact your credit card issuer, and ask for a second card on your account with your wife's name printed on it. Most credit card companies will happily do this.


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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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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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In Google Maps, while using the App to get directed for example to rental car return, you can search for locations 'on the way'. If you click 'Gas Stations', it shows gas stations along the way, with the amount of time the detour forces, and with their gas price (if known). It does not automatically select or offer the last possible one as you asked, but it ...


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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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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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You can't guarantee it. However, you can increase your chances by showing up earlier, before they start to run out of cars (at midnight most of the cars are gone and won't be back until tomorrow afternoon and evening), and by being a frequent renter with them. Also, try asking. I have had rental agencies give me the "good news" that I was getting a bigger ...


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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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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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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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So if your flight is delayed the car company know why you are late picking up the vehicle. You are not being charged extra.


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You do indeed need a yearly vignette to drive on Swiss motorways. It costs CHF 40 and needs to be affixed to the windshield to be valid (in principle, merely having one somewhere in the car isn't enough to avoid a fine). The vignette for a given year is valid from the beginning of December in the year before until the end of January in the year after. I don'...


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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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You didn't specify a locale, but 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. ...


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You could possibly be charged with driving a vehicle without the owners consent, but more importantly if you are not a valid driver then you are driving without insurance. Driving without insurance is illegal in Florida. You should also be aware that the insurance you don't have doesn't just protect you against damaging the car. In the US, if you seriously ...



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