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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 touring in one. For example the practical top speed is only about 40 mph on the flat, and the 0-40 acceleration time is at least 30 seconds. The brakes are ...


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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 answer is: "because they can." What I mean by that is that the whole "well, someone has to drive it back to the renting office" is not actually the case. That's ...


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It's for removing condensation from the side window. Air comes out of it only in the defrost/defog settings.


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It's impossible to give a definitive answer without (at least) knowing more details like dates/etc, but what you've described is not uncommon. A few of the common reasons for this are... Airport locations frequently have much more competition. Newcastle Airport has around 10 different rental companies, so competition will be much higher than an off-airport ...


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4 roues sous 1 parapluie is based in Paris and specializes in guided tours with a chauffeur but they do offer rentals in Paris and Bordeaux. From there, you could drive to the countryside (Bordeaux is probably more interesting for that). It is indeed quite pricey and actually more expensive than the German prices mentioned in another answer.


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A car rental I got in Dublin had hidden in the fine print a note that there would be a €30 charge for airport pickup, payable at time of pickup (in addition to what was paid and contracted for online for the rental period). (I did notice, but it would have been very easy to miss). Which put that rental in approximately the same price range as others which ...


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You do need an emission sticker for the inner parts of both cities. Here are links to maps showing the zone for Düsseldorf and Cologne (Köln) to see if your destination is part of the zone. If these links become invalid, just use Google's picture search for "Umweltzone [name of city]" and you should get decent results. First I'd ask the car rental company ...


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A quick search on Le bon coin (popular classified advertising website in France) for "location 2 CV" (french for "2 CV hire") gives a few results. You may find better prices there, especially if you deal directly with individuals rather than car rental companies. I found a few offers for 80-140€ (for a day, I suppose). Looks like people typically rent ...


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Trying to do this as conventional rental (Hertz, Avis, Europcar, etc.) will be extremely expensive, even if you find one. It's also inconvenient to drive a car from the "wrong" side, so I would at least break it up between the UK and the rest of Europe. Unless you are planning to drive every single day, you may be better off with a combination of flights, ...


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yes it's possible, many rental companies offer such a service. If you perform a search on autoeurope.it (a rental car broker service which I usually use) you will find plenty of options and companies. Keep in mind that picking the car in one location and giving it back in a different one is usually more expensive than using the same location.


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The 2CV, or "Ente" (duck) was pretty famous in Germany. However, to find such a rental it helps to know the right search terms. We're calling older cars "Oldtimers" and a search for Oldtimer Vermietung 2CV brings up several hits. It seems you should calculate around 150-250 EUR for a day of cruising.


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TL;DR: The easiest way to find out if you have a "proper" credit card is to ask your bank, rather than the internet at large. (Also, Hertz will only know when they try). What is the difference? A credit card is card which has its own credit account. Basically the credit card gives you a line of credit (e.g. 1000 EUR). When you spend 100 EUR, the credit ...


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A nice option if you’re interesting in getting a feel for driving a 2CV is to participate in a “rallye 2CV”: these are organised tours of parts of the French countryside, usually in picturesque areas, in groups of 2CVs. The advantages are that the itineraries are “2CV-compatible”, you’d be travelling in a group (which could be a disadvantage, depending on ...


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As a general rule, US rental car companies do not provide Winter tires as standard in any locations, and in most locations they are also not available even as options. Many vehicles will be fitted with "M&S" (Mud and Snow") tires which are a mid-way between a standard tire and winter tires. There is no legal requirement for vehicles to have winter ...


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Car rental types are generally defined by SIPP codes, which is a standard defined by a consortium of car rental companies. These are 4 character codes that indicate the size, type, transmission/drive, and fuel type/air conditioning. For example, ICMD represents an intermediate (I) size 2/4 Door (C) car with manual transmission (M) and diesel with air ...


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Yes you can rent in one place and return to the company in an other. This of course only works with a company with locations in both places which is willing to accept it. Depending on the company they may charge extra for the different location. Car rentals start from half a day, or even shorter, or a single day, again depending on the company. One thing ...


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Aside from the fact that I have never heard of the requirement of a credit card being a US credit card - they are international, and the country should not matter at all - you are probably better off by not paying some company to make the booking for you, but do it yourself. All larger car rentals have websites where you can investigate and book what you ...


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I would recommend obtaining a long term parking permit at one of the various BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of August 2019 the daily rate is $7 for all stations where parking is available, which is far lower than any garage parking spaces you will find in metro San Francisco. It should be noted that none of the ...


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California does not recognize IDPs. This Calif DMV page says: The State of California does not recognize an International Driving Permit (IDP) as a valid driver license (DL). California does recognize a valid driver license that is issued by a foreign jurisdiction (country, state, territory) of which the license holder is a resident. The IDP is only ...


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The credit card is mostly a red herring here, but to understand why we need to discuss how rental car insurance works in the US. For the most part, when making a booking via a "US Point of Sale" (we'll come back to what that means shortly), insurance is NOT included in the rental. This is because most people in the US have personal car insurance which ...


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This practice is very common in Mexico car rentals. A renter can legally rent the car with only liability insurance (i.e., coverage for damage done to other persons and their property), but almost all rental companies (even the big names) behave as the OP fears: the customer is given the hard sell to buy more insurance, which puts the total price ...


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The rule about having had a driving license for a given amount of time is not there to inconvenience new drivers. It is there because new drivers are more likely to get into accidents. The risk of accidents goes up when there is a different car, a different environment, different rules of the road, different driving practices and different kind of roads. ...


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Anecdotally: German license is fine. I have both a German and an international license, and every rental place in every country & state (including Florida) only wanted to see the German one when being offered both. The international one is in my experience quite useless. Caveat: I haven't done that recently in Florida since I have also a US license now, ...


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You give no dates, but if the trip is in august you're definitely mad! That month is holiday time for lots if italians and the road from N to S is heavily loaded (read as frequent traffic jams) for the major part of the month. You may avoid highways but then the trip from Venice to Apulia would be much slower because of the slower roads and also because that ...


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Appropriate tires for driving in winter conditions (snow, slush, ice, frost) can be dedicated winter tires but there are also all-year tires that fulfil the respective regulation. A rental car with winter tires not explicitly mentioned in January in Frankfurt may have all-year tires, but my guess is that it will anyways have winter tires as all-year tires ...


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About 3 years ago, I visited Japan for 3 weeks. For 2 of those weeks I used a JR rail pass to travel around. Around cities and to other cities. I then headed to Hokkaido. In Hokkaido I rented a car for a week, and I found it surprisingly easy. Road signs were in Japanese and (mostly) had English as well for destinations, cities, attractions, etc. There ...


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Can they? As evidenced by other answers here, yes. However, the common thread in all of the reports of this happening is that the person rented from a low-end, discount-tier agency (e.g. "a company that allows cash rentals" or no-name brands like "Global Rental Car of South Florida," which--no surprise--appears to be out of business now) or, in some cases, ...


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Peer-to-peer carsharing website Drivy has some ads offering 2CVs for rent. It's what I use when I need a car for a few days. In case the above link breaks, here is a starting point. Then select dates and location, and "Classic" as the car type. Hope you'll enjoy your stay in France! :)


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After hours pickup is incredibly rare in the US - the point that I'd almost say it's non-existent. As a part of the pick-up process the rental company will need to see your Drivers License to confirm you ID, and this is something they can't do with a drop box. I have heard of some rental locations that are located within hotels allowing you to pickup the ...


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When I checked last, none of the larger car rental agencies in all of western Europe allows their cars being taking in the eastern countries you listed (and small ones typically don't allow any border crossings at all) If this is unchanged, you will not find anyone with such experience.


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