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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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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 me 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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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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Any price comparison for car rental that send alerts when price drop at a certain amount set by user, without needing a reservation?

Do you know Any price comparison sites for car rental that send alerts when price drop at a certain amount set by user, so not just cents change or 5%, without needing a reservation to receive alerts? ...
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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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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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Car Rental at Milan Airport

I am planning to fly to Milan, rent a car, drive up to the Italian Lakes, and return the car the same day; around the first week of November. I tried to check online at the airport's website, but I ...
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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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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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Should I just not bother to “reserve” rental cars anymore?

In the last few years I have rented from every major rental car agency: Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, National/Alamo, etc. I notice that in every single case when I get there it is a scramble to "find" me ...
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Where in France can I rent a Citroen 2CV car?

I have never driven a Citroen 2CV and I fancy trying one but not to the extent of buying one. So, renting seems to be the solution. However, if I am going to rent one then rural France would seem to ...
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It is legal to have a dashboard camera in the UAE?

I'd like to buy a dash cam which can be installed in a rented car (front and back window) for the purpose of proving an innocence in case of accident. So the camera can record the footage to the SSD ...
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What happens if police stops me when driving a rental car and I'm not the authorized driver (US-FL)?

I rented a car, but didn't want to pay a second driver fee. My spouse is driving the car but I want to know if I'll be in trouble if police stops me when I'm driving. I know that insurance won't pay ...
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In US rental car terms and conditions, what exactly is a “regularly maintained road?”

Many rental car companies have terms and conditions such as Hertz: Generally, Hertz vehicles, including 4-wheel drives, are to be operated only on regularly maintained roads. Off-road use is a ...
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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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Driving SUVs in the Namibian desert

In one of the episodes of Grand Tour, Jeremy, Richard and James drive beach buggies on the beach of Namibia. At the end of the show, they thanked the government of Namibia for allowing them to shoot ...
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Ibiza car hire late at night

I booked tickets to Ibiza, arranged accommodation and am booking a car now but what I have found is that all offices close at 23:00. My flight is scheduled at 01:00 in night. Is there a way to hire a ...
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Expected tip for driver of rented car in Sri Lanka

I traveled around Sri Lanka in a rented car with driver. The contract has this note: Above Price Not includes Driver Tip - We encourage our customers , whenever they wish, to offer drivers tips ...
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Does driving a car in Malaysia require an International Drivers Permit/IDP?

Short and sweet: Does driving and/or renting a car in Malaysia require an International Drivers Permit (IDP)? (Assuming you don't have a Malaysian driver's license, that is.) Information on the ...
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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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Rental Car Insurance in Jamaica

My trusty Visa card has insured all my rental-cars. It seems that Jamaica is problematic and Visa will not be insured. Based on my reading and Google search, I am under the impression that the ...
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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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European traveler driving a rental car across Canada/US border and back

I'm a citizen of an EU member state traveling to a small city in Vermont. Looking at flight data, it seems that it would be quite a bit quicker to fly into Montreal (Canada) and then drive a rental ...
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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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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-hoping between islands, even though all of them are within Spain and the Schengen area. E.g. this ...
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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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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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Japan: Car rental vs public transport

I'm planning a trip through Japan at the moment and stumbling over the question of transport. I read that I (from Germany) need a translation of my driver's license (which should not be a problem), ...
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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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