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Questions tagged [automobiles]

Car-related travel questions. See also the "car-rental", "driving", and "road-trips" tags.

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How to buy a car for a road trip in the United States?

For tourists coming to the US, getting a car is a great way to get around, especially if you want to see the national parks. Rental, especially for younger drivers, can be very expensive, so buying a ...
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Jamaica Auto Rental Insurance

I made a reservation through Expedia for thrifty.com auto rentals in MBJ. I bought rental car insurance from Expedia and read the insuror's fine print. There was a point about not covering damages ...
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Are gas/petrol stations in Ireland typically “pump your own gas/petrol”?

In past trips to Ireland, I remember petrol stations being full-service like the US states of Oregon and New Jersey. I also remember a few self-service stations. But I don't recall which was more ...
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Is there any parking in Guatemala near border with Honduras (near Copan Ruinas)?

Is it possible safely leave a rented car in Guatemala near border with Honduras (near Copan Ruinas) for one night? Thank you.
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In the US, should I rent a car through travel agencies or directly with car rental companies?

I have no experience in renting cars whatsoever. I was wondering what's the best way to do this in the US? Should I book a car rental on a website like Expedia, or should I book directly from the ...
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Parking at Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

We are thinking about booking a hotel 500 m from the harbour in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. But the problem is that the hotel doesn’t have parking and we will be going there by car. So my questions ...
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Free park and ride between Siegburg and airport DUS?

I consider how close I can find a free park and ride to Dusseldorf airport as coming from Siegburg (Germany) ?
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Can I drive my own car with mexican plates in Canada? For how long?

I am a dual Canadian and EU citizen living in central america. I bought a new car in Mexico, have mexican tags and insurance that has coverage for Mexico, Usa and Canada up to 100k USD (is this enough?...
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Passing the Canada-USA border with the car of a friend [duplicate]

I am a Swiss citizen living in Vancouver, BC, Canada as a temporary resident (student visa). I am planning a small trip toward the USA and a friend of mine offered me to use her car for this trip. ...
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Where in Europe can I purchase a car without residency?

I am not a resident anywhere and plan to travel for the foreseeable future, mostly in Europe. My country has good visa-free access to most of Europe, so it is conceivable I could remain without any ...
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Car rental prices different for foreigners

I am traveling to Florida from Europe in a few weeks and wanted to rent a car. I found the prices at Budget to be the best for what I want. But something seems off about the offer. I select the dates,...
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Do the speed limit reductions due to pollution also apply to electric cars in France?

From time to time, the speed limit is reduced due to pollution in France (example (mirror)). Do these reductions apply to electric cars? (image source (mirror): MAXPPP)
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May I drive an Indian-registered car in Nepal?

My car is registered in India. I Plan to visit Nepal for 10 days. Am I allowed to bring and drive my car there, or would I need to re-register it in Nepal?
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Which Caltrain stations only have parking for Caltrain train customers only?

Which Caltrain stations only have parking for Caltrain train customers only? http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Parking.html indicates which Caltrain stations have parking (e.g. http://www.caltrain....
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Is there a map of all the Umweltzones (environmental zones) in Germany?

I occasionally need to drive into Germany for work and since I'm usually taking a rental car it can be troublesome to obtain an Umweltzone sticker while on the road. Therefore it is useful to know ...
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Why is airport car rental so cheap [closed]

I am in Newcastle and need to rent a car for a few days to go on a trip next week. It’s all proving quite a massive stress, not helped by conflicting advice all over the internet, fake reviews, etc…. ...
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Will EU country identifier be removed from cars registered in the UK after Brexit? [closed]

It is not uncommon to see cars that have been registered in the UK have a small section on the left-hand side of the number plate that will indicate that the vehicle is registered in the UK. For ...
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Can I buy a vignette for Hungary (Matrica) online?

I will drive through Hungary and I need a vignette. As it's an electronic one, I want to buy it online in advance and save some time. Is it possible? How much does it cost compared with buying it at ...
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How does Caltrain check whether cars parked at Caltrain stations belong to Caltrain customers?

I read on http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Parking.html (mirror): Parking is available for Caltrain customers at most Caltrain stations. How does Caltrain check whether cars parked at Caltrain ...
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In which parts of Costa Rica do I need a 4x4 in during dry season? [closed]

I find a lot of comments on cars in Costa Rica recommending 4x4 cars. However, the reasoning is always the heavy rain (earth might move or rivers flooding etc.). On the other hand I found a few ...
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Free parking in downtown San Jose, CA? [closed]

What's the situation with parking in downtown San Jose, CA? Can I park for free anywhere for short times in the daytime? Or for a long time in the evenings?
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How to make myself more visible in traffic as an EU mainland driver in the UK?

I will be moving to the UK soon, Scotland to be more precise, and will be doing so with a car. A driver-sitting-on-the-left sort of car, with licence plates from an EU country (eventually I will have ...
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Winter / snow tires in Denmark for March

I'm planning to rent a car in Denmark in late March. Is it worth paying the extra for snow tires -- is there much snow on the roads by then? FWIW, I live in the US mid-atlantic region and don't use ...
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Getting from Heathrow terminal 2 to the terminal 5 long stay car park

I'm flying out from Heathrow terminal 5, but returning to terminal 2 (different airlines for outward and return due to available times of flights). I plan to park in the long stay car park for ...
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Got a “Ticket” for not paying for gasoline [closed]

I got a ticket in Germany for not paying for a tank of gas. The cashier didn't understand that I had gas to pay for, and just charged us for the snacks I brought to the cashier. I didn't notice the ...
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Driving into a country potentially disqualified by credit card insurance

I've seen credit cards that prohibit using their automatic car insurance on cars rented in Italy—for example, American Express*. In this case, are there any issues with renting a car in, say, Austria (...
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Recommended car insurance for driving Iceland golden circle in Winter?

I was originally going to be visiting Iceland in October but my trip has been delayed to January/February timeframe, which would be mid Winter. Iceland car insurance has a dizzying array of options. ...
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Which is better for moving from place to another in New York? [closed]

Iam Travelling for New York to work there and i will stay there , is it better for my low budget to use public transportation , or to buy a car for 1k $ and use it , is buying a car increase the a ...
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Ensuring a car rental reservation is held i.e. that the agency has a car for your when you arrive

I recently booked a car through a price aggregator site. After booking, I immediately received an email stating a reservation confirmation number. When I arrived at the rental agency, they said they ...
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Is there parking near Kirby Cove, San Francisco, USA?

I would like to get a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Kirby Cove. I am wondering though if there is any sort of parking area near Kirby Cove. I am also wondering if it is jam packed for ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Ok, I know we're all adults here, but this is something that happens inevitably in most family trips I believe; it's occurred in our own family trips. You're driving on the road to your destination. ...
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Foreign car insurance for Kosovo?

I might need to drive through Kosovo in the next couple of weeks. I have checked my car insurance policy and there it is stated that in Serbia only the parts under control of the Serbian Government ...
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Bristol BRS airport free drop off/pick up?

I have friends in the Bristol (UK) area and use this airport to travel to them. As I do not drive, most of the time one of them comes to the airport to pick me up after the flight or drop me off on ...
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Does the German environmental badge apply to other countries of Europe?

I planned the trip that will cover Germany, Belgium and France. I am aware that there are environmental zones in those countries and I need the correct badge for my car to enter them. So my question ...
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Are there any transatlantic car ferries from Europe to North/South America?

Can I drive onto a ferry from anywhere in Europe and drive off in America either north or south? It is something that me and my partner have wanted to do but we are unsure if this is even possible? ...
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Is it normal that people in front of the bar demanding keys to my car?

While I was visiting Mykonos (a Greek island), I've rented the car for few days. I've visited many places across the island, however I've experienced unusual situation with few of them (such as ...
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Gasoline beggars in and around Los Angeles — scam?

Last weekend, I was driving a car back to Los Angeles. I filled up in Victorville and topped up again near the LAX rental car return. On both occasions, a man approached me asking/begging to put ...
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Car rental vs. buying a car for 1 month, when visiting the USA?

I would like to visit a few places in the states sometime next year, and I was thinking of doing a road trip while I'm at it. I could start in either Los Angeles or Montreal, and then I would like to ...
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Is it possible for a foreigner to drive through (mainland) China in a foreign-registered car?

Is it possible to drive through mainland China, for example for transit from Kazakhstan to Vietnam, as a non-Chinese citizen, in an own car/van/truck? This is about an European Union citizen, trying ...
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I live in the United States and I want to drive to Winnipeg Canada

So I'm 21, and my friend, he is 17. We want to travel to Canada for a vacation, this would be an extended vacation of two weeks in Winnipeg. I do not have a passport. What would we need to travel to ...
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Driving non-GB registered car inside Low Emission Zone

Almost all of greater London area is Low Emission Zone, which means that older diesel cars are not allowed into the zone, or must face high fees (up to 200£ per day). The LEZ does not apply to cars ...
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Process for booking an AWD/4WD car online

I am trying to rent an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive (AWD or 4WD) car. However, none of the sites I normally use to look for cars (AutoSlash, Kayak, CarRentals, directly at a few rental companies' ...
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Driving my car from Tanger to Nouadhibou

I plan to drive my Seat from Ghent to Nouadhibou and to sell it there. Timing will be the first two weeks of January. I'm preparing, and in search of practical information. 1. Anybody knows where I ...
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All day vs street parking in Edinburgh and Glasgow

We're planning a road trip through England and Scotland next month and we'll have a car rental. While the plan is to focus on the rural parts, we do want to spend a day in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Is ...
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What are the differences between French road signs and American road signs?

I'm looking for a comparison between French road signs and American road signs, just like this one regarding European road signs. The more exhaustive comparison, the better, but I'm mostly interested ...
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In Perth, Australia for one month: rent car or buy car?

I'm an Australian citizen with an Australian drivers license. But I haven't lived in Australia since 2003, so I need to ask: I'll be in Perth for one month. I'd like to have access to car the whole ...
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Multiple layers of license plates on egypt cars

I have spent a week travelling through Egypt and saw that, especially in Cairo, there are quite a lot of cars and trucks which have multiple layers of license plates (multiple license plates on top of ...
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Are dashcams legal in Germany?

On Youtube I have seen a lot of videos like this with car accidents in Russia recorded by in-car cameras (dashcams). Is it legal to use such a device in Germany? If an accident happens, can I use the ...
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Do cyclists in France have priority when crossing a road?

Specifically when the road they are crossing has bicycle signs on it, such as this crossing in Versailles: The road going horizontally (left-right) on the picture is a normal road (for cars) and the ...
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Websites for car relocation in Europe?

Is there a good website for car/camper relocation in Europe ? I mean, those companies that allow you to rent a car/camper for free from point A to point B. Let's say between Netherlands and Italy/...