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Is 4 days enough to discover Iceland's Ring Road and Golden Circle by rental car in late March?

No, 4 days is (way) too short for tourists and especially in the winter. Yes, you can probably drive around the ring road (Route 1) in Iceland; it's 1,332 km and the Golden Circle is only 300 km. The ...
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Why does the car rental company ask me for my flight information?

Many car rental companies will assign you a car before you arrive at the counter to pick it up - especially if you're a member of their frequent renter programs. They will normally base this ...
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Why are round-trip car rentals much cheaper than one-way car rentals?

So, first off, this isn't always the case. Point to point rentals can be cheaper in some circumstance. Especially if you're taking a car from an area with low demand to a return lot with high demand. ...
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Massive price difference between broker and rental car company

It is of course impossible to say what happened exactly in your case, but in other situations where I have come across similar savings from brokers, not only restricted to car rentals, but also hotel ...
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Hertz rental - is it ok to pick up car 2 hours earlier than voucher says?

Maybe yes, maybe no. It's like checking into a hotel early: you can always ask, and sometimes you'll get it, but they may also say no. So it's definitely worth a try, but the only way to (almost) ...
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Should I just not bother to "reserve" rental cars anymore?

When you reserve (say) a compact car, they may give you a larger or better car but they will generally only charge you the lower price (unless they get you to agree to an "upgrade" it's on them). I ...
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Is it necessary to pay extra for navigation when renting a car in the US?

If you have a modern phone, you don't need to rent the GPS with the car. Just install a navigation app that supports offline maps (this includes Google Maps these days but there are others), and ...
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In US rental car terms and conditions, what exactly is a "regularly maintained road?"

One of the comments nailed it: "they mean don't take our rental car to Burning Man.” - Eric Lippert And Burning Man is easy - flat, hard, no chance of off-roading damage. People still pay. Note how ...
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Where in France can I rent a Citroen 2CV car?

I have driven a 2CV (belonging to a co-worker in the UK), and while they are a lot more fun than driving a "muscle car" unless you are on a race track, you certainly don't want to consider two weeks ...
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Renting a Manual Car in the US

tl;dr: You cannot Generally US rental companies don't have option to select transmission type, because they don't offer anything other than automatic. The only cars in popular rental companies would ...
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Why are round-trip car rentals much cheaper than one-way car rentals?

This really depends on the franchise, licensing and ownership in that area. In Germany, I rented a car in Frankfurt and returned it to Munich, no extra cost (national owner, national registration). ...
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Can I rent a car at the airport without a flight in Lisbon?

It doesn't matter. I have rented cars at airports without flying many times, including in Europe, such at Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), and Luleå Airport in Sweden. I've ...
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What consequences may occur as a result of driving a rental car in Austria without an International Drivers Permit?

Your Australian driver's licence is only valid in Austria together with an International Driver's Permit or with a translation issued by an authorized Austrian organization, e.g. ÖAMTC. If you are not ...
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Should I just not bother to "reserve" rental cars anymore?

NO. You should still reserve the vehicle as that information is used in fleet management. And no, the walk-in should not get the last type in any category if there are pending reservations, so no, ...
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Does it make more sense to drive or fly from Orlando to NYC?

As a native New Yorker, I've done this trip very many times via both car and plane. And I would only consider flying. It will be cheaper, faster, and much more pleasant for all. JetBlue is the best ...
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Renting car without owning credit card

Contact your credit card issuer, and ask for a second card on your account with your wife's name printed on it. Most credit card companies will happily do this.
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How to rent a car quiet on the inside - Netherlands

Here are a few things you can do: Rent a car in a higher category (a Fiat Panda is typically the cheapest one you can get). There are still differences between different makes and models but ...
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Massive price difference between broker and rental car company

In addition to Tor's explanation, this kind of differential can arise from market differentiation. Travelers who shop through one of these brokers are likely to be particularly value-minded, and ...
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When renting a car, how to get the exact chosen model and not the similar?

You can't guarantee it. However, you can increase your chances by showing up earlier, before they start to run out of cars (at midnight most of the cars are gone and won't be back until tomorrow ...
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In US rental car terms and conditions, what exactly is a "regularly maintained road?"

You need to find the actual rental terms because only that is legally binding. The ones I found are clear on the definitions: Hertz NEITHER YOU NOR ANY AUTHORIZED OPERATOR MAY... ENGAGE IN ANY ...
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How to rent a car where the second driver cannot be present at rental pickup time?

The requirement for the additional driver to be present is there because the agent must verify that s/he is in fact licensed to drive and matches the identity on the driver's license. As such, to do ...
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What car rental insurance should I get if my credit card provides some coverage?

TL;DR: You need liability insurance with a high limit. Your credit card won't get you that. Try to get your liability insurance from home, and failing that buy it at the rental desk. Your credit ...
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Why are round-trip car rentals much cheaper than one-way car rentals?

There are elements of truth in most of the other answers, but as a 16-year veteran of the rental car industry in the US, I'll toss my take into the mix. Most of the time when you're searching, the ...
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Why is it harder / more expensive to rent cars with automatic transmission in Europe?

Cars with manual transmissions are simply more popular in Europe. While the cost of automatic cars is usually higher by a small percentage that does not make up for the difference. What allows rental ...
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What happens if police stops me when driving a rental car and I'm not the authorized driver (US-FL)?

You could possibly be charged with driving a vehicle without the owners consent, but more importantly if you are not a valid driver then you are driving without insurance. Driving without insurance ...
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Can I rent a car at the airport without a flight in Lisbon?

You can rent in the airport in any situation. It doesn't matter if you're flying in, out or not even flying at all. I know this for a fact. I have some family that has rented in Lisbon, in a couple ...
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Booking a rent-a-car through VPN (different location)

Yes, it may be very well worth to give it a try. Location based price differences are quite common in the travel industry and it is very much possible to save money by pretending to be somewhere else. ...
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German couple (60,55) want to rent a car in Florida - Is an IDP required and are there maximum age restrictions?

German driving licence would be good to rent a car for 1 month or do we need an international driving licence? You can usually rent a car and drive with a valid driver's license from your home ...
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Do Americans need special permits to rent and drive a car in France?

In France, driver's licences issued by non-EEA countries are only valid if they are written in French, or accompanied by a notarized translation or an International Driving Permit. Quoting from the ...
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