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My grandparents drive slowly at night, but they still prefer adaptive and HID/LED headlights, as these add-ons can only help and their SUV is fitted with them. Presume that the rental car companies' HID/LED headlights are legal.

They've found that rental cars' halogen high beams aren't adaptive and are too dim, as substantiated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on Nov 29 2018:

Just over half of 2018 model vehicles IIHS evaluated are available with headlights that do an adequate job of lighting the road at night and limiting glare for oncoming drivers, but most good-rated headlights are optional or bundled with features that can raise the price of the vehicle.

"Consumers shouldn't have to buy a fully loaded vehicle to get the headlights they need to safely drive at night," says David Aylor, manager of active safety testing at IIHS. "All new vehicles should come with good headlights."

Avis's and Enterprise's executive relations manager said that because stocks change, specific models can't be guaranteed. Hertz can guarantee a model, but not one with adaptive HID/LED-headlights. The best they can do, is to save one for my grandparents if one happens to be on their lot.

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    Most rental companies won't even guarantee a specific model, let alone a particular feature. However, I'd suggest that if your grandparents drive as slowly as 20kmh they should consider an alternative mode of transport. A vehicle moving that slowly without obvious reason is likely to attract the attention of traffic police on the lookout for drunkenness, or simply because it's a hazard to other road users. – Redd Herring Jan 8 at 12:25
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    If your grand parents don't feel capable of driving at night, they should not do so. Such driving habits are selfish and reckless. Impeding traffic is not only a danger to other road users, but a punishable offence in most jurisdictions. In the US, expect a several hundred dollar fine. In the UK, you can be fined up to £5,000 for such careless and reckless driving. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jan 8 at 15:35
  • @ReddHerring Sorry for the confusion. I removed the reference to 20 km/h, which might've misled some of you? They drive only this slowly on unpaved and poorly maintained roads in rural areas. Otherwise, they obviously maintain the minimum speed limit. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jan 8 at 20:33
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To be honest, your situation seems contrived. Urban maximum speed limits are 40 km/h or over in almost every country, so unless your grandparents are spending all their time driving in medieval districts or school zones, they are impeding traffic. If people feel they must drive at 20km/h (12.4 mph) to be safe when others are comfortably driving at 30 or 40, they should not be behind the wheel. All else being equal, they are putting themselves at serious risk for a rear-end collision.


You already know the answer. In general, you cannot reserve a rental car based on its factory-installed equipment, beyond the transmission (automatic, 4x4) or an ashtray. Probably half the time, I don't even get the class of vehicle I reserved (typically I rent a compact, but they tend to run out of compacts by the time I arrive, so I leave with an SUV, full-size, pickup truck, or the occasional convertible Mustang).

Some of the major agencies (e.g. Hertz, Sixt) do allow you to reserve specific models for certain categories of cars from certain locations, mostly large airports. These mostly include luxury or performance cars, but also hybrids, 4x4s, and others. If you are interested in a specific piece of equipment, you would do exactly what you say you have done: look up the vehicles available, see if any has the equipment you are interested in installed standard, then check to see if a matching car is available for your dates.

You can try your hand with independent car rental agencies, but the fact of the matter is that allowing specific cars, or even specific models, to be reserved means the agency loses a great deal of flexibility in utilizing its fleet. This cost must be offset with higher prices that most people are not willing to pay.

  • Sorry for the confusion. I removed the reference to 20 km/h, which might've misled some of you? They drive only this slowly on unpaved and poorly maintained roads in rural areas. Otherwise, they obviously maintain the minimum speed limit. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jan 8 at 20:33
  • After some thought, I'm uncertain why my 'situation seems contrived'? I agree that it's remarkable, as the average person doesn't demand Adaptive Lighting or HID/LED headlights, but my grandparents have them on their car. Thus the loss/deprivation is obvious to them. – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Jan 9 at 0:31

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