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If you are used
to driving a car every day, it is second nature. Remember
when you first started driving and were so nervous
about changing gears? Now you are not even aware of changing
gears. So after a couple of hours of being ‘conscious’ of
using the other hand to change gears, you’ll soon get
into the rhythm of it. Just go slowly until you’re confident.
Funnily enough, the fact that you’re driving on the ‘wrong’ side
of the road is made easier by having the steering wheel on
At least all the hire cars are automatic or stick-shift, so
you don't have to worry about changing gears!
When you're thinking of renting a car, you are often presented
with a choice of 3 or more companies. Sometimes what appears
to be the lowest priced often turns out to be the most expensive.
Some of the things you should consider and compare before choosing
a car rental company would be: What extras do you have to pay?
Can you take the car into Canada? Which companies allow drivers
under 25 or over 75 without a surcharge? Is the airport fee
included or do you have to pay extra? Can you have 2 extra
drivers? Are there road taxes or vehicle licensing fees to
be paid? Are the state and local taxes included? What about
the insurance...does it have a deductible?
DID YOU KNOW........because we
sure do !
rates appear very low - but you generally get 'standard
rates' where no taxes, insurances or licence fees are
included. You then have to pay extra at the counter and
can work out to be more than the rental. All the rates
we use are 'inclusive' so all these basic things are included.
companies charge 'per day' for an additional driver some
charge 'per rental'. So if you are hiring a car
for a month...choosing the wrong company can cost you
sure pays to check those little details
the three major companies...only one allows one ways from
all companies allow their vehicles to travel into Mexico...
probably thinking that this sounds really complicated and
if there is a quicker and easier way to ensure
you get best value...Sure there is – complete our quote
form – tell us a bit about your plans and we will be
happy to provide free advice and a best value quote taking
all the above into account. We love the challenge of finding
someone the very best deal. Then you are free to start your
There are some excellent drives in the USA. A very good site
to peruse is www.byways.org. Lots of personal feedback from
people who have travelled the route you're planning! Then use
www.mapquest.com when you need directions.
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& Canada Car Hire FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will it be cheaper to book my car rental before I leave
home or when I arrive?
A: By pre-purchasing you know in advance exactly what you will
be paying and will therefore not be subject to currency fluctuations
and the surcharge your credit card company normally charges
you on 'overseas' transactions - plus you get the preferential
rates we receive from 'volume purchasing'.
Q: Can I be guaranteed a specific make and model of car?
A: All vehicles are reserved by their group. Models shown are
examples only and a very similar vehicle may be substituted
as vehicles generally get renewed every 3 months.
Q: Do I need a credit card to rent?
A: Yes, you do need a credit card. Some prestige/luxury cars
require 2 credit cards.
Q: What are the conditions with regard to age and licence?
A: Generally the minimum age is 21 years. A young driver surcharge
may apply (it varies between companies). All drivers must
hold a full valid drivers licence with a clean driving record
for a minimum of one year. A learner or provisional licnece
is not accepted.
Q: If I rent in Canada can I drive in the USA and vice versa?
A: It is important to advise us or your travel agent if you
intend to drive your rental car outside the country of rental
as conditions do vary between companies.
Q: Are there any hidden extras?
A: We endeavour to show only 'all inclusive' rates so you don't
have to worry about any additional charges. However some
charges are optional eg. additional driver fees in some states
so we show these separately.
Q: Where can we get more info on roads, scenic routes etc?
A: The US Dept of Transportation and the Travel Industry Association
of America have a terrific programme called National Scenic
Byways. The website is just great . View it on
Q: Where can I get driving directions?
A: Log on to www.mapquest.com or www.viamichelin.com. Comprehensive
maps and point to point driving directions are provided.