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    Scott A. Campbell NNTP User

    Booking Rental Cars in the States

    A friend and I are going to be doing a road/mtb trip from Denver to San
    Francisco late April-early May and we were looking at rental cars -
    ending up with more questions than answers.

    Anyone have any advice or things to look out for when renting a car?
    Especially if you're a crazy foreigner who drives on the other [correct
    ;-)] side of the road.

    One of the other questions is around insurance - insurance is
    complusory I presume but there appeared to be several different levels
    of insurance, any recommendations or things to look at?

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    craig wilson NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    IMHO, If I was driving in a Foreign Country, I would get all the options
    available. Even if you know all the laws, folks in different parts of
    the country drive so much differently. A friend from New York City told
    me, don't stop when the light turns red or you will get rear-ended,
    since they dont stop going through until well after it's red.


    Hertz is the Largest by far and usually the De Facto Standard, but I
    must admit that I prefer Enterprise.



    On 3/19/2012 5:59 PM, Scott A. Campbell wrote:
    > A friend and I are going to be doing a road/mtb trip from Denver to San
    > Francisco late April-early May and we were looking at rental cars -
    > ending up with more questions than answers.
    >
    > Anyone have any advice or things to look out for when renting a car?
    > Especially if you're a crazy foreigner who drives on the other [correct
    > ;-)] side of the road.
    >
    > One of the other questions is around insurance - insurance is
    > complusory I presume but there appeared to be several different levels
    > of insurance, any recommendations or things to look at?



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  3. #3
    Scott A. Campbell NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    craig wilson wrote:

    > IMHO, If I was driving in a Foreign Country, I would get all the
    > options available.


    I when we went down that route, the cost of the insurance was twice the
    cost of the actual rental, and that was avoiding some of the options
    such as injury to yourself (covered by travel insurance) :-O

    > Even if you know all the laws, folks in different
    > parts of the country drive so much differently. A friend from New
    > York City told me, don't stop when the light turns red or you will
    > get rear-ended, since they dont stop going through until well after
    > it's red.


    Good to know, thanks :-)

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    George NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    On 3/19/2012 5:59 PM, Scott A. Campbell wrote:
    > A friend and I are going to be doing a road/mtb trip from Denver to San
    > Francisco late April-early May and we were looking at rental cars -
    > ending up with more questions than answers.
    >
    > Anyone have any advice or things to look out for when renting a car?
    > Especially if you're a crazy foreigner who drives on the other [correct
    > ;-)] side of the road.
    >
    > One of the other questions is around insurance - insurance is
    > complusory I presume but there appeared to be several different levels
    > of insurance, any recommendations or things to look at?



    You must have a drivers license to show at the rental counter. I think
    you may also need to get an International permit to prove your country's
    license is valid. You will also need to show your drivers license.

    More info on the permit:

    http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Foreign-Vi...-Driving.shtml

    You must have a credit card (not debit). No company will rent to you
    without one. Also consider they will pre approve the credit card
    transaction which reserve the funds and hits against your card limit.

    You get a certain amount of insurance in the rental price and the option
    to buy more. If you have auto insurance here your insurance covers the
    extra stuff. Also some credit cards cover it. You aren't required to buy
    the extra coverage and can choose to take the risk. Here is a little
    idea about that:

    http://www.creditcards.com/credit-ca...-vary-1273.php




    Make sure you inspect the car before taking it. Small rental places will
    go to the car with you and do a walk around and note damage. Big places
    just give you the keys. So if you see damage other than small
    scratches/dings go back and report it before moving the car.

    You noted you will be in California. If you get tempted to drive into
    Mexico with the rental ignore the temptation.

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    Scott A. Campbell NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    Thank you, very helpful.

    What's the deal with Mexico? Not that we are going down there as the
    scehdule is just too tight, but...

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    Joseph Marton NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    Scott A. Campbell wrote:

    > What's the deal with Mexico?


    Really good Mexican food. They speak Spanish. A lot of tequilla
    choices.

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    Scott Campbell NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    Joseph Marton wrote:

    > Really good Mexican food. They speak Spanish. A lot of tequilla
    > choices.


    And that's why I'd avoid Mexico? :-)

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    Anders Gustafsson NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    Scott Campbell,
    > And that's why I'd avoid Mexico? :-)


    Depends on whether you like spicy food and tequila, but cars and
    tequila generally do not mix well, unless you use it for fuel...

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    Joseph Marton NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    Scott Campbell wrote:

    > Joseph Marton wrote:
    >
    > > Really good Mexican food. They speak Spanish. A lot of tequilla
    > > choices.

    >
    > And that's why I'd avoid Mexico? :-)


    Oh I just thought you asked what the deal was with Mexico. Not why to
    avoid--those are all reasons of why to go. :-)

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    Susan NNTP User

    Re: Booking Rental Cars in the States

    Scott:

    You'd avoid Mexico because the rental companies don't want their cars
    to go there, so the rental contract will state that you cannot take the
    car there. There's quite a bit of theft of cars in Mexico, if not the
    car itself, then the contents of the car if you leave it alone for any
    length of time. There's also the issue of car-jacking or being held up,
    because any tourist is fair game to the criminal element. Also, most US
    insurance companies will not cover vehicles if they venture into
    Mexico, so likely even with the additional insurance the car wouldn't
    be covered in Mexico, it would be excluded from coverage.

    Additionally, and likely not reported much in NZ, the drug cartels in
    Mexico have been taking it over, more or less. There are some areas you
    do not want to go into anymore, for fear of your life. They've been
    finding piles of headless bodies in certain areas, and some tourist
    have been among them. If the NZ government doesn't have travel
    advisories for Mexico, then check the US ones.

    Budget and Dollar are two rental car companies that offer vehicles at
    lower prices than the other rental agencies, and what Uwe suggested
    about arranging for a very small car is true. If they don't have one,
    they have to give you a larger one at the same price. But you really
    can't count on getting a larger vehicle, it all depends on what they
    have available, which also depends on how many flights have landed at
    the same time as yours, and how soon you get to the car rental place.
    All of the car rental agencies have shuttles from the airport to their
    location, and vice versa when you turn in the car.

    Check your auto insurance to see if they cover rentals outside of your
    country. They might not. They might also have some additional rider you
    can get for a reasonable price. If they do cover it, though, then you
    won't need to get the insurance. Just be aware that you still have to
    pay whatever your deductible is. The rental company will explain all
    that and do their best to try to scare you into taking their insurance,
    anyway. : )

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