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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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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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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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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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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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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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Providing proof of CDW from credit card when renting a car

According to this article on AwardWallet: The easiest and fastest way of obtaining proof of coverage from your credit card provider is to call the Benefits Administrator and request it. You can ...
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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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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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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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Car hire - do they have a "fair usage policy" for miles/kms driven?

Recently, whilst on a long hire car journey it dawned on me, is there a fair usage allowance on my policy? ie: a limit on how many miles or kms I was allowed to do without extra charge in one day? I ...
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Are there car rental companies in Tenerife which allow taking the car to neighboring islands?

Researching car rental options in Tenerife, I was surprised to find out most apparently ban ferry-hopping between islands, even though all of them are within Spain and the Schengen area. E.g. this ...
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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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Legal or financial barriers to driving a rental car from El Salvador to Honduras?

Since I (apparently) can't fly from SAL to Choluteca, I was planning to drive.  But then I had to think some more: Will I be required at the Honduran border or at the rental counter to show an ...
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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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Travel from Lyon to Geneva Airport (French side)

I'll be in Lyon for a few days in June (taking a train from Paris) and planning to rent a car in Lyon. It sounds like I can drive from Lyon to the French side of the Geneva airport and drop off the ...
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In the EU, what rights do you have if your rental car agency fails to deliver?

Several times in the past few years, I have made a confirmed, paid booking for a rental car, and turned up at the appointed pick-up time only to be told that no cars are available. The rental agency ...
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USA car rental one-way fee

I'm planning a road trip for this summer, roughly between San Diego and Seattle, and I'm looking at car rental options for this one-way trip (I wouldn't be returning to the pick-up location). I've ...
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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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Canadian renting car in Finland and driving sports team members

I'm travelling to Finland and renting a car (not a van or bus) in which I will be carrying a number of members of a sports team, most of whom are not related to me. Our home/auto insurance (TD Meloche-...
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Renting a car in the USA with a driver's licence issued by another country than the passport

Is it required, when renting a car in the US, that the country issuing the driver's license is the same as the passport's one? Both are from a EU country, if that matters (passport is French and ...
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Why do rental companies ask you to record the mileage at the end of your trip?

Whenever I drop off a rental car, the front desk asks me to state the latest mileage on the car. This would make sense if I rented a car with limited mileage but almost every car rented out by major ...
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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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Long term Car rental in Europe

There is a question here about Car buying vs. long term rentals as it relates to the US. Recently I've driven through Europe renting a car in Frankfurt for about 21 days from Sixt and I was wondering ...
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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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Where can I rent a car in French Guiana to cross to Suriname/Brazil?

Flying to Suriname can be very expensive since the transatlantic connection is tightly controlled by the GOS. A less expensive solution is to travel to the neighboring French Guiana which is ...
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Car rental - Why is "Pay Now" more expensive?

I would think that the Pay Now option would be cheaper, but it's more expensive! The total cost of rental is almost double my flight cost. Yikes. So, why the heck would I Pay Now? Is there an added ...
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Are there any techniques, tricks, or tactics to avoid a one-way fee when renting a car?

Very often, when renting a car and dropping it off at a different location than where you picked it up, you have to pay a huge one-way fee. Have you successfully used any technique, trick, or tactic ...
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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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Spain car rental: Extra driver with recent driving license

I want to rent a car in Spain. My friend who has just got a driving license (less than one year) will be aboard, and wants to drive too. Unfortunately for us, the rental companies I have checked want ...
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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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What are the rules for renting a car in Italy?

I am traveling to Italy next month and part of my trip is to Florence. I would like to rent a car for the day to see the countryside in Tuscany. Some sites I've read say I have to have an ...
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Car rental with baby seats: is it better to carry seats or rent seats?

It's a bit of a general question, but to narrow things down, what is the cheapest strategy for renting cars if you have two little children: carry baby seats with yourself or rent car with two ...
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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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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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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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Does a flexible date car rental price matrix tool exist, a la Google Flights?

I know there are comparison rental tools like Kayak and Expedia, but I'm specifically thinking of a tool similar to Google Flight's flexible date matrix, where they'll show you the lowest prices for 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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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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