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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 there a ZIP code I can enter when paying-at-the-pump in the USA with a foreign credit card?

In the USA, many pay-at-the-pump fuel dispensers that accept credit cards require a 5-digit numeric zip code that corresponds to the billing address of the credit card. In Canada, for instance, we ...
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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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Shipping my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S

The plan is to drive my car (a small 4x4) from Prudhoe Bay1 (Deadhorse), Alaska to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego in Chile. I will be travelling for an undetermined duration, with a minimum of two years. ...
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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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Where can I buy the German environmental badge while driving to my destination in Germany?

I am driving to Germany today and just noticed that I am traveling to a city which requires a so called "Umwelt-plakette" or environmental badge to enter. Normally you need to order them in advance. ...
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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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Are there any car rentals in Europe that can be picked up in one country and dropped off in another? [closed]

I want to rent a car in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris) and drop it off in another country. How does the border crossing work with a rented car?
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What's the name for the "blocking" stickers used on car headlights?

I'll be driving my car from Belgium to the UK, with plans to then drive around the country. Like most cars in the European mainland, my car's headlights/headlamps are slightly adjusted to the right ...
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How can I cross the English channel with a car?

I believe there's the Euro Tunnel as well as a number of ferry options, but which can I use to travel with a car between the UK and France, Belgium or the Netherlands? If there aren't too many ...
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Drive from US to Canada with a dog

For the holidays we often drive from Buffalo to Detroit via Ontario, since it saves a lot of time. However, this is the first year we will be bringing our new dog along as well. What sort of ...
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Do you need a Vignette to travel the roads of Switzerland, and how can I obtain one?

To drive on Swiss motorways if I recall correctly one needs a Vignette based on what I have been reading I should be able to buy it at various places in the country. I am renting a car in Frankfurt ...
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Are there online maps showing the speed limit on the German highways?

I know that on the German highways (autobahns) there is no general speed limit, however parts of the autobahns have a posted speed limits (130 km/h or less). Are there any online maps showing the ...
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What documentation is needed for a tourist to drive a US citizen's car?

A common conclusion on Travel.SE says that buying a car as a tourist in the US is difficult because of registration and the time it takes to do the paperwork. However I have a friend in NYC who can ...
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What is the quickest way to get a car from London to Iceland?

I am considering going to Iceland and was wondering if it is feasible to take there my car with me. The only way to get there by ferry that I could find is described here, which suggests getting to ...
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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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Foreign car insurance for Canada and/or the U.S

Still working on my plan to Ship my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S. We're planning on leaving early January. Shipping turns out not to be the problem. However, the next hurdle is: car insurance....
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San Ysidro Border Parking Options?

Just got back from the San Ysidro border area and was dismayed to see that the going rate is now around $25/day for parking. It used to be closer to $5-$7 but I guess there was a re-routing of the I-5 ...
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What is the minimum age to drive a rental car in the US?

I recognized that renting a car in the US is allowed at the age of 21 or 25. But are 18 to 21 year olds allowed to drive it if their parents or another 25 year old person signed the contract?
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Can I park at JFK and use AirTrain if I am not flying?

I'm seeing a show in NYC on Sat. (driving in from Virginia) and looking for the best place to park, i.e. not NYC. My husband suggested parking at JFK Airport. Can I park there and take AirTrain to ...
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Cheap/free parking near Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

The official low-cost parking near Frankfurt-Hahn airport is not really low cost with prices starting at 3.50 EUR/day. I will fly to Scotland for a week and now I'm looking for an alternative cheap/...
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Is it difficult to do a car border crossing in Kaliningrad Oblast?

Assuming I have the correct visa and intend to drive in from the Polish side, should I anticipate any problems crossing the border quickly? I ask because Wikitravel says: You will need Russian ...
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What should I look for in a vehicle insurance policy for taking my US vehicle into Mexico?

I have been told that driving my private vehicle from California into Mexico is no big deal EXCEPT that I must have Mexican insurance. I am looking for specific recommendations about what to look for ...
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Tips for taking a dog on a long distances (multiple day) car trip?

I'm planning a move across the United states (literally coast-to-coast) and my large (75 lb) dog needs to come along. According to google maps it's a 36 hour drive, which I figure will take a minimum ...
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Is the "Young Driver Surcharge" fee the same for all car rental companies in the UK?

I am a 21 year old with almost 2 year old driving license. I'm going to the UK, and want to rent a car for several days, however when I searched for a rental car, I saw that 35-40 GBP were added as "...
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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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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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For how long can one leave one's car parked in San Diego Old Town's free parking lots?

Midavalo mentioned that there exist some free parking lots in Old Town in San Diego near the trolley that goes to San Ysidro border crossing. E.g. https://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/dayofthedead/...
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Where can one park one's car for free for a few weeks reasonably close to Seattle (SEA) airport? [closed]

I wonder where one can park one's car for free for a few weeks (preferably >1 month) reasonably close to Seattle (SEA) airport. Let's say reasonably = less than 1h car ride.
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Is it legal to sleep in a parked car on the streets of Munich?

Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Germany. Being the largest beer festival means accommodation during the festival is either super-expensive or hard to book ...
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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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What is the difference between "Gazole" and "Diesel" in France?

I am driving a car with a Diesel engine. I always thought that "Gazole" and "Diesel" were synonymous to each other, only to drive in a gas station which mentioned both terms, as in "Gazole" and "...
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How do I pay for a US parking ticket from the UK?

I went to States recently rented a car from enterprise and in Washington got a parking ticket (100$). Since it gives 30 days to pay I wasn't in to much of the hurry. When I tried to pay for the ...
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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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Driving in Iceland: a good idea?

For this summer I am thinking about going to Iceland. I would like to fly to Reykjavik, spend some days there, then rent a car, travel around the island and then fly back home. Now I have a few ...
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What does it take to make my car fully compliant with all EU countries?

In Belgium every car is required to carry at least one fire extinguisher. In Germany you need to have an environment sticker to drive into a city. In France you might need alcohol testers. Coming from ...
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How shall I proceed if my car may contain illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia before entering Canada by car from the US?

Some individual broke into my car in the United States to steal my dashcam and a few quarters, and in the process, while searching my car for other valuable items, left some drug paraphernalia in the ...
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How to find out the speed limit in the US?

As I recently learned on this site, US speed limits are not always posted on the street and can vary between different cities even in the same state. Where do I find this information? Is there any (...
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Do I have to carry snow chains in Europe?

I will drive from Germany to Bulgaria through Austria, Hungary and Serbia. I will drive mainly on highways and I don't expect to need snow chains as the roads are usually in good conditions. Am I ...
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Is it legal to turn high beams on when driving on a European highway with fully separated lanes?

Wiki gives us the following explanation of the use of high beams in a car: Main-beam (also called high, driving, or full beam) headlamps provide an intense, centre-weighted distribution of light ...
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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/...
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Which mountains in the Lower Mainland, BC can be ascended by private car in the summer? [closed]

Like Cypress Mountain (via Cypress Bowl Rd.) and Mount Seymour (via Mt. Seymour Road), what satisfies these criteria: They must be located within the following (demarcated) area: My grandparents ...
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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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International children car seat standards for multiple regions

I've been looking into car seats suitable for international travel. In the EU modern car seats have to meet ECE R44/04 and for New Zealand/Australia AS/NZS 1754.2010 I emailed a few manufacturers ...
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How should you drive on rush-hour lanes ("Spitsstrook") in the Netherlands if they are open?

The Netherlands has so called rush-hour lanes, which are often emergency lanes that are opened for traffic during rush hours. They are always indicated with green arrows above the highway. I find ...
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Can I own a French registered car as a non-resident?

I would love to drive through Brazil and Suriname starting from French Guiana. However, renting a car to do this proved to be impossible. There are ferries between French Guiana and Suriname and a ...
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Driving license in Australia

We will be in Australia for a few days and I was considering renting a car. Is a standard European license (we have Polish and Italian) good enough, or do we need "international driving license"? We ...
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Can go to Germany on all-year tires in winter?

I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time. It's quite obvious that I cannot use summer tires, but can I go on universal all-year tires? What are the exact requirements?
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How to rent a car for a road trip in Eastern Europe?

I will arrive at Frankfurt for a two week vacation in Europe. I plan to hire a car for a round trip to stay one night in different cities in the way of Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and ...
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Does my smartphone need NFC to pay at car charging stations in Germany and The Netherlands?

I am renting an electric car for a longer trip and figuring out how to pay for (fast) charging stations in Germany and The Netherlands. As of 2022, most charging stations do not yet allow paying for ...
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