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Best/Cheapest way to go from Washington DC to NYC, Manhattan

I am in Washington DC right now and want to go to Manhattan, NYC in the next few days. I searched for flights and the prices seemed very high to me for such a short time distance (compare to the West ...
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Years of experience when hiring a car - would a motorbike license count?

My partner has driven a motorbike for many years, but only qualified to drive a car in November last year (~9 months ago). He would like to hire a car whilst on vacation in Portugal, but most car-hire ...
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Is it possible to rent a car in the US and return it in Canada?

I plan a trip from NY City - Upstate NY - Buffalo - Niagara Falls - Toronto. When leaving the City I want to rent a car to get to the different locations, and since I will fly back home from Toronto, ...
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Can I use another company's code to rent a car, and use my credit card insurance?

I plan to rent a car using my Friend's employee code. My credit card covers CDW( Collision Damage Waiver) and I think that's what the company covers too. So will my credit card cover the insurance ...
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Car rental: why don't US drivers' licenses show first issue date? [closed]

It's a common issue I came across mostly in Europe. I've been driving for 15 years and every time I rent a car, they are looking at the date I renewed my driver's license. Naturally, I renew my ...
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Renting a vehicle in Iceland during the winter?

I am planning a visit to Iceland during the winter and assume that I might need a 4x4 to travel on the ring road. My questions are; Can we rent a vehicle prior to visiting Iceland or should we do it ...
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What is the fastest way from Zurich to Milan

I have an event in Milan My flight transit in Zurich before MXP in Milan I am thinking this can be a great opportunity to enjoy the Swiss views and drive to Milan from Zurich I checked for car rental ...
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Are there highway tolls between Vienna and Salzburg?

I plan to rent a car in Vienna and drive to Salzburg and back. Google maps suggests driving through A1 road but indicates This route has tolls. I know that in Austria one needs to buy a toll sticker,...
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Rental Fees for Hertz Rewards Redemption

I'm planning to book a rental, and I have some points saved up with Hertz that would cover my trip. When I set up the reservation, it shows the full rental amount, even though I have selected the ...
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Costa Rica: How necessary is a 4x4 car?

We are going to visit Costa Rica in the following months. I have been reading a lot about how necessary is a 4x4 car or a standard car could be enough. Some of the pages I read say one thing, some ...
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In the USA, how are electronic tolls handled for a rental car?

I will be driving in the US with a rental car, and going through some toll roads. In my understanding there are some roads which accept only electronic payment, so in that case how will it work for us ...
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Can you pick up a Sixt rental car after the start time?

I have a rental car from Sixt booked for a day (9am–9pm) in an upcoming holiday to Greece. However my plans have changed meaning I'll pick up the car at 1pm instead of 9am. Is it typical to have some ...
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Renting EVs on the Canaries

As Bali seems to be a bit complicated at the moment regarding entry requirements and quarantining, I've been looking for alternatives. I've come across the Canary Islands and really like the idea of ...
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How can I prepare to rent an electric car in France?

Planning to rent a car for an upcoming trip to the Normandy countryside, driving from Charles de Gaulle airport, and I've come across a number of electric rentals. I have an EV in the US and the idea ...
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How can I find where the cars for a particular rental car office are located? Where are the cars for Goldcar at Málaga train station?

When renting a car, often the parking place is a little way away from the office. This is particularly true for city centre car rental offices, which may have no place for local parking. After we ...
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4x4 Rental in Northern Idaho

I have some things to do in Northern Idaho that would require a day or two of driving on maintained-but-rough gravel roads and dirt driveways that I have my doubts about being able to get my compact ...
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Travelling from London to Edinburgh - August 2022 [closed]

Going on a Coldplay concert with my wife at Wembley in London in August on a Friday, and going to Edinburgh on Saturday/Sunday. We have not decided how to travel from London to Edinburgh. To see some ...
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Is it reasonable / expected that French 'driving accessories' are provided with a rental car?

I'm hiring a car in France soon, for approximately a week. It's my understanding that in France yellow hi-viz jackets are required for each occupant, in addition to a warning triangle (is there ...
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One way car rental in Norway

I am going to visit Norway this September. The idea is to rent a car somewhere around Bergen or Stavanger. Then drive north to see Nordkapp and finally return the car at the Tromso airport. I checked ...
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Paying Dulles (IAD) toll using coins with a rental car, is it possible?

I have rented a car at DCA to be returned at IAD. I knew I would have to pay the Dulles toll to drive to IAD, so I did my research online and I saw there would be cash toll booths where I would be ...
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Massive price difference between broker and rental car company

This may be a duplicate of Why is renting a car through a broker cheaper than directly through a car rental company? but I don't think the answer addresses a really large price difference. I rented a ...
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Tourist renting a Citroen Ami in France

The tiny Citroen Ami is receiving a lot of attention recently. I am tempted to buy one but renting one in France first would be sensible to check whether we could really live with it. At the very ...
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Can visitors rent electric scooters (motorcycles) in Taiwan with foreign drivers licenses?

There's nearly one registered scooter per adult in Taiwan (the motorcycle variety) and it's an excellent way to explore because (among other things) they are trivial to park almost anywhere, whereas ...
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Where can I rent a car in Belgium with under 1 year of having a driving license

I'm flying to Belgium in a few months and noticed that all the car rental companies require you to have a minimum of 1 year driving license. I am 32 years old, but have my driving license for only 3 ...
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How to rent a car quiet on the inside - Netherlands

We are renting a car to go on holiday. As we will be driving about 3500km total, large parts of it in one go, we would like it to be somewhat quiet(1) inside. Rental companies offer a specific size ...
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Rent a Car - Fort Lauderdale to Maryland [closed]

A few years ago we rented a car to go from Maryland to Florida many times and it was very cost effective. Today, I'm unable to find a rent a car to go from Florida to Maryland (drop off in Maryland), ...
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How to search for a rental car along a segment of I95?

A friend will drive me from FL to NYC along I95. I would like to rent a small (Nissan Note, preferably inexpensive) vehicle for 2 weeks. I would prefer to rent out side the city along I-95 so as I ...
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Avis gave me a defective car and then charged me for towing. Anything I can do?

I rented a car from Avis. The morning I was supposed to return it, the battery in the car remote died. Unfortunately it was one of the cars that starts with a button press and needed the remote ...
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As a tourist in Canada: buy, borrow or rent a car?

With the Covid situation this is probably going to have to wait until 2022, but I can lay some groundwork for the preparations... I'm trying to sort out my options for travel in Canada when my wife ...
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What other requirements are there to rent a car as a foreigner aged 23 in USA?

I am 23 years old and am from Iceland, planning a trip to the USA with a friend. We are both below 25 years of age and I have been to the USA about 16 times give or take, all as a visitor; vacation ...
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What are the practical consequences of driving a rental car on unpaved roads?

In a related question @Harper wrote the following: Note that airport car rentals will NOT permit you to drive off paved roads, literally paved roads, read the contract! In addition, @PeterM mentions ...
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UK car rental: protections against charges for damage, that was pre-existing and renter had no chance to discover at checkout?

I recently rented a car in the UK (from a major chain). When I returned the car, the inspection found three pieces of minor interior damage, and I’m now getting charged £100 for these as “change of ...
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Renting a car in one country and return it in another one (Europe)

I would like to rent a car in Denmark (Copenhagen), travel for a few days (less than a week) and return it in Italy (or in Germany, like Munich for example). Is it possible to do something like that? ...
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Can I still rent a car through Hertz that filed for bankruptcy?

I would like to rent a car in Budapest airport in late September through Hertz. I have heard that Hertz has filed for bankruptcy in May 2020. Am I am still able to rent a car through Hertz?
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Validity of driver's license in a EU country

I'm a citizen of a non-EU country but currently live in an EU country for more than 1 year (not a permanent residence). I don't have a driver's license from the country I currently live in but holds a ...
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Can I keep Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points from expiring?

The Hertz rental car company has a loyalty program called Gold Plus Rewards, You earn points for each rental, which can be redeemed for future rentals. A note on my account statement says: Points ...
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Car insurance for Northern Cyprus

I'm planning to rent a car in the Republic of Cyprus, and then, travel to the Northern Cyprus. Budget doesn't allow to travel to the Northern Cyprus, so either Europcar or Sixt is my choice. However, ...
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Offroad / 4x4 car rental with camping equipment in Morocco [closed]

I am planning to visit Morocco for some weeks. While I find a lot of SUVs to rent, it is hard to find a proper 4x4 car so far. My favorite would be a Toyota Hilux or similar, like it is found in ...
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How to get a IDP as a Chinese driving license holder and translating license?

My partner is a Chinese citizen studying in the UK. We're planning on holidaying in Sardinia and would like to rent a car there. She can drive and holds a Chinese Driving License. Having spoken to ...
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Can I modify a U.S. rental car reservation from one-way to round-trip (or vice versa) while the trip is in progress?

I want to rent a car in Maryland so I can drive to a car dealership in Ohio and test-drive a different vehicle. If I choose to buy the vehicle from the dealer, I would like to drive it back home. If ...
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How clean should a rental car be returned?

I have been charged a "vehicle cleaning fee" for a rental car return. The rental car office "believes the car requires more cleaning than usual". I have frequently returned cars much more dirty than ...
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Is it necessary to pay extra for navigation when renting a car in the US?

This is a relatively straightforward question. I'm scheduled to visit the US in a couple of weeks. It's been around 15 years since I've been there, and I don't remember much as my parents had taken ...
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Are different offices of same car rental chain (Sixt) in Germany really different?

I have arranged to rent a car from Sixt in Munich, Germany. It was two months ago and i don't remember if the car rental near the Central Station (Haubtbahnhof) did not have the car i wanted, if the ...
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How much are the mandatory undisclosed fees for car rentals in Mexico?

I've booked a car from Avis in Cabo which looked suspiciously cheap at $41 for 3 days: Looking for information online it seems that it's a common bait-and-switch scheme where you're shown a low price ...
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Driving from Jasper, Canada to Calgary, Canada?

I'm currently planning a trip in Canada. We'll be flying into Vancouver from Los Angeles, then taking the VIA Rail from Vancouver to Jasper. The plan was to rent a car at Jasper then drive to Calgary. ...
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Is there any business in Santiago, Chile that rents cars on December 25 evening aside from the car rental businesses located at the SCL airport?

I had booked a car at Santiago International Airport (SCL) with Budget but they actually didn't had any car for me when I arrived. None of the car rental businesses located at the SCL airport have any ...
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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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Car rental in Germany - are winter tyres included?

I'm going to rent a car in Frankfurt, Germany in December-January. Can I assume that any car is to be equipped with winter tyres? (Reason I'm asking is that some web sites clearly state that winter ...
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In practice, does one need an IDP to rent a car in Mexico?

I'm going to Cabo San Lucas soon and would like to rent a car for a few days while I'm there with my friends. I have a US driving license which is presumably accepted down there, but my friend has a ...
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Hire car vs public transport in Israel for 1 week visit

I am planning a trip to Israel for the first days in January. Arrive in Tel Aviv and spend 1-2 days there. Visit Jerusalem for 2-3 days and possibly a few days in the north as well. At the moment, I ...
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