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Car Rental International

Overview

Renting an automobile in foreign countries have significant risks.  Renting from a reputable international agency will decrease these risks to some degree.  Making sure that you are fully insured is paramount.  Reading the contract carefully is very important.  There have been many horror stories published about travelers driving their rental cars across borders in Europe, losing their car keys, and being subjected to exorbitant fees in getting their rentals returned.  Driving in third world countries and even some European countries can be extremely hazardous, especially at night.  Not knowing the local customs about assuming right-of-way on narrow roads can be deadly.   If possible, it is safer and more enjoyable to hire a car and a driver.  In some countries highway robberies are commonplace.  Inquire before you go.  Renting motor scooters or motorcycles is much more dangerous than renting cars.

International drivers licenses advertised on the Web are scams.  There is no such legal license.  Read the article "Ads for International Drivers' Licenses or Permits Could Be a Dead End" from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  What you will want to get is an International Driving Permit which is available from automobile clubs like the American Automobile Club (AAA) and the National Automobile Club.  Visit the U.S. Department of State Web page for additional information.  Also read the U.S. Department of State Web page on Road Safety when planning your trip. 

United Kingdom

  • Car rental directory from Britain Express Companies specializing in car rental throughout the UK.

  • Tiger Car Rental.  "Tiger Car Rental provides low cost car hire throughout Europe and Worldwide."
     


 
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