Questions tagged [automobiles]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need an international vehicle registration code in Norway when I have an EU license plate?

I will be driving in Norway. Do I need to equip my car with an international vehicle registration code sticker, if I have an EU license plate? International vehicle registration code: EU license ...
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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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Liability car insurance when visiting Europe from the US

I am visiting England soon and renting a car. I'm very confused as to car insurance while vacationing. I live in the United States and have car insurance and credit cards. I am covered for "Collision ...
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Foreigner borrowing a car from a friend in the UK. Insurance?

I go to the UK, and a friend offers to let me borrow his car for 4 weeks, free of charge. The the friend lives in the UK, it's his car, the car has a UK license and insurance. I am a foreigner in the ...
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Why seat belts, and not five-point harnesses? [closed]

For car travel, it is mandatory in many countries that small children be strapped in carseats with a multi-point harness system. However, I have not seen such a system for adults in a normal (ie non-...
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Best type of transportation In Brussels? [closed]

I'm thinking of traveling to Brussels for this holiday. I heard that public transportation in Belgium in general is great, but I'm looking for something more private. I heard about VTC Taxi and car ...
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Cheap parking near YUL with free shuttle

Parking at YUL airport or the nearby Econo-Park is quite expensive, from $25-30 CAD per day, which makes it not practical even for trips over 2 days, even by just an hour, since you get charged a full ...
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What is the status of the construction near the LAX long-term parking lot? Is it easy to find a space there?

The LAX airport has an official long-term parking lot near the airport terminals, Economy Lot C, which is a much cheaper option compared to parking in a terminal garage, and cheaper than many nearby ...
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What's the absolute cheapest way of bringing a car from USA to UK using a UK bound ship/tanker etc? [closed]

I'm looking to import an old american car to England and wondered if there is an even cheaper perhaps unofficial way other than using a regular Roll On - Roll Off shipping service? I'm thinking of a ...
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In Italy, how to know parking fee before driving into the parking lot?

Is there a way to know the parking fee before driving into a parking lot in Italy? In many other countries there are boards with prices at the gateway, so you see the hour rates before you park. I ...
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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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How often are French air protection zones (ZPA) in effect?

I'm planning a trip that will cover France and Germany (and other countries). Now since I will go by rental car it may be difficult to order environment badges in advance. For Germany I don't think ...
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Is there a way to get an International Driver's Permit while outside of your home country?

A Hungarian and Belgian are currently visiting my work in Australia, and they're unable to drive as their licenses aren't in English. In theory an IDP would work, but it's unclear if there's any way ...
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Is Cambridge Park and Ride free without taking the bus?

In Cambridge (UK), P&R prices have recently been scrapped. Does it mean that one can park to any P&R site (of course up to 18 hr.s) w/o taking the bus and doing anything else (e.g. displaying ...
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Transit accessible parking lots near Amsterdam

I'm planning to travel to Amsterdam by car to visit the city center. My understanding that parking in the city center for a day is both difficult and expensive. Are there any free or lower cost ...
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Drive a car or use CTA in Chicago? [closed]

I am driving to Chicago from Detroit for a vacation for the first time, and wanted to know whether I should drive my car within the city or use the CTA 3 day pass. I know the choice can be subjective, ...
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Renting a car in Canada, non-US resident with US-issued driver's license

I am on F1 visa in the US (Russian passport). Can I rent a car in Canada if I have a valid US-issued driver's license? Can I be listed on the car's insurance as a driver? I do not have international ...
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How to decipher no parking signs? (UK)

Please excuse the poor resolution of the image. My understanding is that these signs normally show the restrictions and then the applied times. So does this sign mean that a lorry or coach can NOT ...
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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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Moving to the Netherlands by car [closed]

I am Ukrainian and have been living in Poland for the last year. I have a temporary residence there. Soon, I am going to relocate to the Netherlands under the highly-skilled migrant program. I'm ...
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What do letters “R” and “E” before parking slots in Spain mean?

In Spain, more precisely in the Basque Country, I have seen letters "R" and "E" before parking slots. What do they mean / stand for? This one is in the town of Zumaia. Picture is taken on Google ...
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Vienna, Austria: Recommendations for affordable overnight parking?

I was searching for hotels in Vienna, Austria. I found a good value Hotel but the hotel does not offer any overnight parking. I tried to search over the internet for overnight parking but the ...
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Parking options for Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)

I am planning a short, five-day trip out of the country in mid-June, in which I will be departing and returning to Pearson. Since I will be returning late at night, I'll need to park at or near the ...
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How to find information about crossing various borders in Europe and Central Asia with my own car?

I plan to drive from Central Europe towards Vladivostok. Therefore, I'm at the moment trying to collect as much information as I can about the various borders that I need to cross. While it is ...
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Where to park a car in Helsinki?

I am planning to visit Helsinki by car and also to make a short visit to Sweden on boat. I am worried about where to leave a car while being away from the city. What are safe and not much expensive ...
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Can my friend legally drive my car in Canada?

I am currently in Michigan, I have auto coverage with Progressive, and I'm planning on taking a trip to Toronto with a friend. My insurance agent tells me that they need to issue me a Canadian ID ...
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Parking in Belgium

I want to rent a car in Belgium. As a non-resident am I allowed to leave the car for a couple hours (~10) outside the non-free parking spots and don't worry about receiving a penalty from the local ...
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Is there a way to use cruise control without your foot becoming fatigued? [closed]

I was driving for 4 hours earlier and I set cruise control and pretty much don't need to do anything. For my left foot, there is a place to rest it in the footwell so no problem, but for the right ...
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Buying a car in Ireland as a non-resident [duplicate]

Does anyone know how to buy a used car in Ireland as a non-resident? I am Australian and looking to buy one for the Mongol Rally. Insurance can be done, but it seems to register the car you need to ...
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How do rental car companies check if I've had my license for the required amount of time?

Rental car companies almost all have in their terms that the driver must have had a license for some amount of time, usually 1 to 5 years. However, on my driver's license it only shows the date that ...

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