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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.


Mar
16
comment Do they still have border controls in the highways when you travel to croatia like before?
If she was held for four days at the US border, I can completely understand she is worried and I would not classify those worries as paranoid.
Mar
14
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
This is true, but rather a comment than an answer.
Mar
14
comment Can I use Google Maps traffic information to estimate driving time for a specific date/time?
Note that this appears to be possible only with the new Google Maps.
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
I thought that in the USA, liability insurance is on the driver, not the owner. Either way — to find out if those companies are indeed cheaper, I need a way to find out the price that the rental agency is charging, before I arrive for pickup. My question is, how do I find out this price?
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
@Yehuda_NYC Do you live in the USA? Do you own a car in the USA? If the answer to both questions is yes, then you already have the legally minimum liability insurance which includes coverage to rental cars. In Europe (at least where I've rented) it does come with the rental car (so it's always included), and whether the renter already has a car at home or not is irrelevant.
Mar
13
accepted Can I use Google Maps traffic information to estimate driving time for a specific date/time?
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
@Torn I mentioned it in the sense that I was not asking about LDW...
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
Did you book those rentals through the local website, or through a European/foreign website? Perhaps the difference between the quoted prices is indeed that one includes this mandatory insurance, but the other one doesn't (because American car-owners will be covered by their own liability insurance!), even if the booking system does not make this clear.
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
I'm sure I can ask the person at the counter, but I would like to estimate these costs in advance.
Mar
13
revised Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
clarified again I'm talking about the legal minimum, not anything supplemental
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
What else do you want — as I wrote in the question, I want to know how much the mandatory primary liability protection that Hertz (or any other US car rental company) provides upon signing the Rental Agreement costs, as it is not included in the price advertised online. Upon pickup, they always tell me I need to pay an extra x $/day for minimum liability insurance in order to legally drive. And then they ask the separate question if I want any of the optional coverages that are outlined on the website. My question is about the price for the mandatory part.
Mar
13
comment Insurance and car rental in US
@littleadv I'm confused. You said that Americans who drive carry their own insurance, but now you say that you don't know if it's possible?
Mar
13
comment LDW / LIS for US car rental booked in UK
Note that not all countries have an address on the driver's license at all.
Mar
13
revised Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
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Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
@Tom I'm not talking about the LDW, or supplemental liability insurance. I'm talking about the minimum required so I can legally drive at all.
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
The FAQ entry is on supplemental liability insurance, apparently what is in additional to the legal minimum. They don't talk about the legal minimum liability insurance. The long and detailed notice has lots on optional services, but not on mandatory ones. The problem is that when I arrive, Hertz (or others) tell me that the price quoted online does not include the liability insurance, so they charge me another 25–30$/day "so that [I] can legally drive". That's before even discussing anything supplemental and optional...
Mar
13
comment Insurance and car rental in US
@littleadv I didn't know it was possible to purchase any form of car-related insurance without already owning a car. Any insurance cost calculators I have seen ask details about the year and the make of the car. Googling non-owner car insurance yields websites explaining the concept, but clicking through to insurer's websites I'm back at places asking me for car details.
Mar
13
comment Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
@DCTLib Do you think that Europeans renting a car in the US pay differently for mandatory insurance packages added at the time of pickup, than non-car-owning Americans do?
Mar
13
revised Renting a car in the USA — how to know costs for the legal minimum liability insurance, before arriving for pickup?
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Mar
13
comment Insurance and car rental in US
Americans who drive, carry their own insurance that covers them in any car they drive — Really? Even if they don't own a car?