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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 can I get a reliable taxi/car service in LA?

I am fully aware LA is based around the car and has limited public transport. But I'm planning to be there a few days and will not be able to drive a car of any kind. I already have the airport ...
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Buying a car in Mexico as a non-resident

I'm planning to go to Mexico this winter, buy a cheap used car/van and start going south. The intinerary is not really strict, thought I'd cross different countries (perhaps I'll reach Chile?). What ...
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Who provides Carnet de Passage for Indian vehicles?

Under which government department and which law the Carnet is issued in India ? I have already visited Nepal and Bhutan on bike. Both the countries don't need any Carnet from Indians. Now, I want to ...
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Traveling outside the U.S. after oath ceremony

Today was my oath ceremony and I will be traveling to Canada (birth country) by car in a couple of days from now. Would I be able to cross the border into Canada from the U.S. with just my Canadian ...
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Car insurance covering UK kit car for travel in Italy, France and Spain

My wife and I are travelling to the UK to collect a car we bought with travel to Italy, France and Spain, for about a year. We both have good clean drivers licenses. I am 71 driving 54 years 1 ...
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Car rental in USA standard rules

Can anyone write (for first time renter) what are the standard rules and liabilities for car rental in USA. I just want to have some information on what i need to know before renting, what will be ...
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Car Rental Insurance

We are U.S. expats visiting the U.S. for a few months. What is the most reasonable way to obtain car rental insurance other than buying the insurance through the car rental company?
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Crossing from UK to France and back on the same day in the same car but with different drivers

I am probably going to have to lend my French-registered car to a relative for his trip to the UK. The day he returns to France I am supposed to be driving to the UK myself in the same car. Both ...
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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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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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What kind of car can I drive in italy with an IDP with a less than year old license?

I am staying in Italy for the summer and I already got an international driving permit to drive. However, I got my license last November (less than a year ago) and I want to know if I can drive any ...
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Passing border in car not owned by me

I would like to cross Poland-Ukrainian border by car owned by my friend, but friend does not go with me. I go from Poland to Ukraine and get back 10 days later. What kind of documents I should prepare ...
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How can I remove highway vignettes and other miscellaneous stickers from the windshield of my car?

Taking this marvellous question as inspiration, I travel a lot by car, often in countries that require me to buy a vignette to use the motorways. Moreover it is usually mandatory to stick the vignette ...
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Entering Ukraine with someone else's car

I am planning to travel to Ukraine for a couple of weeks this summer by car, but the car is not registered in my name. I know from experience that other countries often have special regulations for ...
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Park and Ride in Copenhagen

We'll be five adults staying in Copenhagen from the evening of Sunday, May 5th until the morning of Wednesday, May 8th. Our approach will be via the E20 from the west. Since parking in Copenhagen ...
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Driving in Dusseldorf´s low emission zone

I will rent a car in France and travel to Dusseldorf and Cologne. Do I need a emission sticker to enter those cities? If so, there is a physical store where I can buy it, instead of buying it online? ...
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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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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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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 ...