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Do I need an International Driving Permit to drive in California?

Do I need an International Driving Permit to drive in the US? I have read that it depends on state to state. Suppose, for instance, that I need to rent a car in California. I have a valid Italian (or ...
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How to organise a fully flexible one-way car rental in Europe?

Our travel plans are very flexible, so we'd like to rent a car in Geneva, then return it to an unspecified location at an unspecified date. That is, we won't know the return city or end date at the ...
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Thrifty rental car pickup in Vienna

I booked a rental car online from Thrifty, to be picked up at VIENNA MAIN RAILWAY STATION, AM HAUPTBAHNHOF 1 (at least that's what the reservation voucher states). The problem is: Thrifty does not ...
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American renting a car in Europe - what's different compared to domestic rentals?

I'm planning a solo travel trip to Brussels and was wondering if any American / US Drivers license holders have experience booking an airport car rental through Expedia or similar. Currently, I ...
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Traveling Alone to Europe [closed]

I am planning a solo trip to Europe. I am a U.S passport holder and have an additional non-U.S. passport. I've never traveled by myself and have some questions. Also, the countries I plan to see are ...
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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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How can I rent a high clearance vehicle in the US?

For a vacation in the southwest USA, we're considering renting a high-clearance vehicle to visit locations such as the Toroweap overlook (also known as Tuweep overlook). Regular car rental ...
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Free floating car sharing in Prague for travelers

I will go to Prague. I am looking, just in case I may need that, for a car sharing service like car2go, the same you find in Berlin, Wien and Rome. I have tried to google for some, but didn't get ...
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Which car rental companies in Northern Cyprus permit you to drive to the Republic?

Essentially what the question says: I'm looking to rent a car in Northern Cyprus, and occasionally take it across the border to the Republic. I know few companies will issue the necessary cross-...
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Long distance (16 hours) car trip with rental car and driver

I want to go to Riverton (WY) from Seattle (WA). Last time I went by flight but this time I want to go (and return) by car. Problem is I do not know driving and all my searches are giving me links to ...
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Can I hire a car and drive from Berlin to Gdansk? [closed]

My wife and I would like to drive from Berlin to Gdansk but can't find any car rental companies that will allow this.
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Question on minimum age for rental cars in USA

I am going to San Francisco on study trip around April. We have the possibility to stay longer in the USA. We only need to get to Los Angeles. So we looked for a rental car because we would like to ...
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What paperwork is needed to cross non-EU Balkan borders with a rental car?

Obviously when travelling by public transport, all I need to cross non-EU Balkan borders (meaning Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) is my identity card. However, what if I ...
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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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Is Collision Damage insurance mandatory when renting a car in the United Kingdom?

I'm a resident of Canada, and will be renting a car in the United Kingdom. I've rented a car through RentalCars.com - their "fine print" says I will be required to pay for Collision Damage Waiver ...
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Rent a car with unlimited mileage in southern France and drive to Croatia

I'm looking for a car rental agency in the south of France that allows me to drive to Croatia without extra mileage fees. I only checked with subsidiaries of rental companies like Europcar, Sixt, ...
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Self-Driving at Kruger National Park: Are there rental car services in or near the park?

My family and I are ecstatic about our S. Africa trip next year. We are on a tour bus company (Expat Explore), and we have three free days at Kruger National Park (not nearly enough!). We have ...
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Moving inside Ohrid, Macedonia [closed]

I am planning to travel to Ohrid, Macedonia for 1 or 2 weeks in September. I will stay near the center of Ohrid. I know that there are a lot of points of views, churchs, monuments to see but what is ...
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Hertz rental - is it ok to pick up car 2 hours earlier than voucher says?

I booked rental car from Hertz company via AutoEurope. My voucher says that I should pick up my car at Jul 28, 13:00. But I would like to pick the car up at 11:00 (that's 2 hours earlier). Can I do ...
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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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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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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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Public transport from/to Rhodes Airport

I am planning a trip to Rhodes (Greece) and looking for the best deal for renting a car. I have found that the best deal is to get the car on daytime. If I take the car on daytime is the half as if I ...
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Why is Advantage/Fox e.g. car rental half the price of the market leaders? [closed]

I just arranged a rental car pick-up at MCO for this weekend. In order to get the Hotwire "hot rate" you need to wait until after you book to see what the company is. I have typically been lucky in ...
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Australian with P2 license hiring car in Spain

I'm looking to hire a car in Spain. I called Avis there and they said you can't drive in Spain with an Australian provisional license but the guy on the phone wasn't really sure what it is and ...
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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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Relocation/Cheap Car Hire [closed]

Can anyone recommend any car hire companies that offer cheap car hire for returning their hire cars to another location. I am looking for picking up a hire car from Minneapolis, MN to Jackson Hole, ...
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early morning rental car drop-off - sacramento international airport

I have an early morning flight (05:30) from Sacramento International Airport. Security at the airport opens at 04:00, rental car office opens at 05:00 but rental car company says out-of-hours drop-off ...
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Car rental USA Seattle -> Las Vegas [closed]

I would like to ask, what is the best option for renting car in USA. I am 25 years old. My friends are 24 and 23 years old. We wanted to take care from Seattle to return it back in Las Vegas. There ...
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Car Rentals in UK/Europe for people under 25

I'll be travelling to UK/Europe in June this year and I'd like to rent a car. Problem is, I'm only 19. While I'm okay with paying the surcharge for younger drivers, I heard that I must be 25 to rent ...
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Is an IDP required for renting a car within the EU if you have a standard EU format license?

I'm looking into a car rental in Netherlands (Alamo) and their terms and conditions state that: International Driving Permit needed along with original domestic licence. Does this also apply to ...
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Search engine that not only considers public transport and flights but also options like car sharing (e.g. BlaBlaCar) and renting a car?

This would be pretty helpful for people travelling on a tight budget in order to find the cheapest option to get from A to B. Example: Going to the next biggest city with an airport by car sharing and ...
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Rental Car tolls and administrative fees [closed]

It seems car rental companies assess an administrative fee, in may case with Fox Rent A Car in SoCal on the 73 over twice the cost of the tolls, simply for telling renters a few details, again in my ...
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Legal Minimum Third Party Liability Insurance for Rental Car - USA [closed]

What is the legal minimum third party liability insurance for rental car for every US state?
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Why is it that you can't take specific car brands across borders in Europe?

I am looking to rent a car in Germany and have been looking at Sixt and Enterprise. I will be taking the car cross borders to Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and back to Germany ...
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Rental car liability insurance across international borders

Some car rental companies allow their vehicles to be driven in other countries, most US companies allow you to drive your vehicle into Canada with prior authorization. Does this authorization mean ...
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Rental car liability insurance across state lines

I understand that Rental Car companies are required to provide the state minimum liability insurance in all states except California. What minimum liability do these companies provide? Is it the ...
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Crossing the Austria-Czech border in a hire car

Are there any restrictions on hire cars when you cross borders within the EU? I'm thinking about hiring a car in Linz, Austria and driving to Česky Krumlov, Czech Republic (about an hour away) and ...
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Early morning car rental at Belfast Ferry Port?

I'm considering a journey to Ulster and am looking into renting a car at the Belfast ferry port. The Stena Line night ferry arrives in the morning at 6:30. I believe this is at Victoria Terminal 4, ...
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Renting a car in Minsk, Belarus for EU citizens

I am from European Union. I have driving license and IDP (international driving permit) both issued in Denmark. I am considering using latest Belarus visa cancellation for EU citizens, fly to Minsk ...
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Gazole vs diesel in France

I saw the question about gazole vs diesel in France however I had a slightly different experience pretty recently and was wondering if you could help me. We rented a car (Lexus RX) and were told that ...
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Do Americans need special permits to rent and drive a car in France?

I'm hoping to rent a car in June to drive from Paris to several day-trips with my family -- I figured it would be the cheapest and most convenient option for four people to get to and from places like ...
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Will a 76-year-old with valid USA driving license be allowed to drive a rented vehicle in Brazil?

I am 76 years of age and have a valid driving license in the USA. Will I be able to drive (a rented vehicle) while in Brazil?
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Lofoten Islands by rental car (one way) [closed]

We plan to get a rental car, see Lofoten for 3-4 days, and deliver the car further south in Norway. What is the best place to pick up the car, cost and experience vise? How can we minimize the cost ...
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Are Taiwan car rental prices really that high?

It has been about a week since I've been looking at rental car prices online for Taiwan. All the prices I found so far are exorbitant and more expensive than any other country where I rented a car ...
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How to check safety of car rental offer in Spain?

I did a Barcelona car rental search on Kayak while on WiFi in Lisbon airport. Kayak passed me off to "Holiday Rentals" which says "OK rent a car" with thousands of positive reviews will charge US$7....
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What should I be aware of when hiring a car from one of the cheaper rental firms in Spain?

I am looking at car hire in Andalucía in March 2017. What surprised me was the significant difference between the big names and the local budget companies. For example, a compact car might cost €150/...
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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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How can I rent a car in Caen, France with a driver's license that has been valid for less than one year?

I would like to rent a car in Caen, France but my driving license has been valid for less than one year. This is my first license - I have never been suspended from driving. I have checked most rental ...
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Is there a cheap season to rent a car Florida to New York?

I have rented cars to transit between NY / FL. Sometimes the rate is reasonable ($20 per day), other times they want $250. As I understand it, the rate is lower if you are moving the car to a place ...

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