Questions tagged [automobiles]

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

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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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What is this parking lot next to the Otay crossing between Mexico and the United States?

I see a parking lot next to the Otay crossing (one of three ports of entry (POE) in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region) on https://www.google.com/maps/@32.5515469,-116.9389443,18.25z?hl=en: ...
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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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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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Do I need to pre-register my foreign car to drive in Milan's Zone B?

Is there any obligatory online registration or some kind of paid front-window sticker needed to enter Milano's Zone B? There is an online service for car registration but I'm not sure if every car ...
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Can I take multiple cars into Mexico from the U.S.?

I've taken my car into Mexico multiple times from the United States, on a Tourist visa. Is it possible to take more than one car registered to me at the same time (obviously with a second driver)?
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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 to find quiet place to stop close to a motorway junction?

We are making a long journey by car across England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. It will take around 16 hours of driving which we are splitting over two days. We have the hotel ...
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Parking near London

I have a rented car and I want to go to London on Sunday. I really don't want to drive on those crowded streets, so I just want to park somewhere outside of London Center and than take public ...
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Park and Ride in Southern Denmark

A friend and I are planning a road trip through Denmark, but since we want to avoid the toll of the Storebælt bridge and the problems of having the car in Copenhagen, we'd like to park our car ...
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Are vignettes needed to drive on German motorways?

I will need to drive to Berlin soon (July 2020) and I'm trying to figure out if Germany requires a Vignette to use their motorways, like neighbouring Switzerland and Austria do. This article seems to ...
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How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?

I'm going on a big national car trip, and I want to increase cargo space by getting a roof rack, but I'm wondering how much the additional drag will increase my gas bill. Is there any way to figure ...
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Traveling from Germany to Czech Republic and back by car

I am an American traveling through Europe. I recently lost my passport and am planning to go to Czech Republic from Germany in about a week by car(and back a week later). Will I be asked for my ...
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Buying a left-hand drive car in the UK for long European road trips

I live in the UK and have family in Salzburg, Austria. Whenever I see a cheap flight to Munich or Salzburg (before covid) I fly across the weekend and rent a car. I'm adding up my rental costs over ...
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Multiday parking in San Francisco

I'm taking a road trip round California, with a four night stay in San Francisco. I will have a rental car for the duration of my stay but don't want to drive in San Francisco, apart from arriving and ...
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Free street parking in Montreal

I'm looking for free street parking in Montreal near to city center. I found this website and there are 4 payment zones. So if I park on the selected street, will it be free of charge?
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Planning to stay for 3 months in Berlin, Germany. Should I bring a car with me?

I will be spending about 3 months (at least) in Berlin, Germany, primarily to look for some business opportunities or maybe a job. I am aware of the nearly perfect transportation services Berlin ...
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Since New York doesn't have a residential parking permit system, can a tourist park in Manhattan for free?

It seems that neither New York in general nor Manhattan have any kind of residential parking system as of 2016. Does this mean that a tourist can just go and park a car in Manhattan free of charge? I ...
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Using self-service gas pumps in Israel - with Hebrew-only interface

After traveling quite a bit in Israel by car I still can't figure out how to use gas pumps at the gas stations. All pumps I've seen were self service ones where you pay by car at the pump. Also none ...
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Jamaica Auto Rental Insurance

I made a reservation through Expedia for thrifty.com auto rentals in MBJ (Montego Bay, Jamaica airport). I bought rental car insurance from Expedia and read the insurer's fine print. There was a ...
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Received a traffic violation notice in the mail

I live in Illinois. I received a violation from Tollroads.com. I havent driven my car in the state of California. I was on a flight from Brussels to Chicago on the day of the violation.What should I ...
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Largest populated area without cars [duplicate]

I would like to visit somewhere with no cars. What are the largest inhabited regions with no automobiles? (Emergency vehicles are allowed.)
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What are the differences between Fterolaka and Kelara locations of the Parnassos Ski Center?

The Parnassos Ski Center seems to have more than one locations for skiing. In particular it seems to have at least two separate locations, Fterolaka and Kelaria. Are they indeed separate locations? ...
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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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No rental cars available even though the booking is confirmed

A non-US resident booked a car for the US (San Diego) and got a confirmation from rentalcars and Hertz. When he tried to pick it up, (it was yesterday, on Dec. 24) he was told that no cars are ...
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Hirtshals parking for 3 days

We will need a parking spot for two cars in Hirtshals for 3 days. Are their any recommendations on where to park?
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After moving out of California [closed]

Just received a letter from Tollroads saying that the car I already sold a while ago in California has recently made 24 violations in Orange County and I need to pay $2000. But I had already moved to ...
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What is the closest free street parking to London city center?

If one wanted to park his car for free on the street and visit London's city center, what would be the closest/most accessible place to do so? For the sake of the question, let's assume that the ...
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What is this sign with red triangle and black bottom up “T” on cars in Lithuania?

I have seen this sign mounted on the backs of some cars. But I could not find any information about it. The upper end of the black part is spiky.
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Are there any big junkyards near Indianapolis?

Are there any big (and preferably abandoned) junkyards near Indianapolis, IN or Bloomington, IN? I'm looking for something like this (not necessarily that big): My research in Google and on Google ...
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Car Hire Ireland/Wales/England

I'm flying into Ireland in Sept. 2017 and want to hire a car for ± 30 days - BUT I want to take it to Wales on the ferry then to London and Southern England and return it to Gatwick on Oct 10? Can't ...
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On street parking in the UK [closed]

This is more a question about UK parking etiquette, couldn’t find a more suitable SE Site. In the UK, I’m getting a car, but parking where I live is very limited. At the same time, about 5 minutes ...
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Is there free parking in Springdale, UT, USA?

I will be visiting Zion National Park in September. I read that the best option is to stay in Springdale and simply walk to a shuttle bus stop, leaving your car at the hostel. However, accommodation ...
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Long-term parking at Karlovy Vary airport (KLV)

I'm planning to travel to Moscow soon and it will be convenient for me to fly from Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. It's written here on the airport website that parking is free but the car parks ...
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In Singapore, how much does an average person use a car? [closed]

Sorry if this is off topic, I don’t know where to put this question. I’m doing a project for the First LEGO League and I need to know how many times a car owner, in Singapore, uses their car to ...
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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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Can I rent a manual transmission car in the UK with a Canadian driving license?

I've read that in the UK, in order to drive a manual transmission car, you must hold a driver's license that shows you took your test with a manual transmission. I have a Canadian driving license (...
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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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Is there time limit for street parking in Milan on blue bays?

I've been doing some research and see that there is a lot of blue bays around, and it seems like the cost is €1,20 per hour between 8-13 (Mon-Fri) and free for the rest of the day. What I can't figure ...
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Short-term insurance Ontario, Canada (buying car before moving out of province)

I’m currently living in Toronto, ON but I’m planning to move to central BC in a few weeks. I’m planning on buying a new car and driving it from Ontario to BC and making a trip out of it. However, I ...
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About Customs clearance in Vladivostok by DBSferry from Japan

A private car (TOYOTA Town Ace Van) will be transported to Vladivostok by DBS Ferry from Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, Japan to Vladivostok. The car will travel from Russia to the EU and take it ...
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Renting a car in the US without a US credit card

Consider the following scenario. A group of five people needs to rent a car (in California) for two weeks. Four people live outside the US (they came on a B1/B2 visa) and the fifth (temporarily) ...
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Parking in Prague center

I have booked a hotel in the center of Prague. Unfortunately they don't provide parking. What is the best possible option (cost) for parking the car downtown? Where can I get parking tickets (machine/...
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Rent a car in Greece (Thessaloniki) and drive to Macedonia

I am considering flying into Thessaloniki, renting a car and driving to FYR Macedonia (Skopje), returning it back to Thessaloniki. Do rental companies allow this by default? Is there anything special ...
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Driving my car from Tangier to Nouadhibou

I plan to drive my Seat from Ghent to Nouadhibou via Tangier and to sell it there. Timing will be the first two weeks of January. I'm preparing, and in search of practical information. Anybody know ...
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Country sticker necessary on car when visiting the UK?

I just read in the Guardian that GB stickers should be visible on cars when visiting the EU. Renew your passport earlier than planned, buy a GB sticker for your car, and prepare to wait four months ...
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What are the laws regarding sleeping in my vehicle by state

I want to plan an ultimate road trip to every state in the US. I am faced with researching each state for their laws regarding sleeping in owned vehicles. Is there an easier way to gain this ...
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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 travel from Poland to Ukraine and get back 10 days later. What kind of documents should I ...
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What kind of cars for F roads and river crossing during summer in Iceland?

In many forums a 4WD car is mentioned but not much details beyond that. The official road conditions website differentiates between "passenger cars" and "cars suitable for highland roads" but without ...
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Is the Jersey City Port Imperial parking garage likely to be full during the summer?

I am planning a summer trip to Manhattan. I will be driving in. My current favourite parking solution would be to park at Port Imperial ferry terminal, and then take the ferry over. That way I would ...

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