Are you planning a big trip to Europe? Have you thought about renting a car while you are there? If you haven’t, perhaps you should. Renting a car while in Europe is actually quite simple. There are a few things you ought to know, and luckily I am about to tell you!
Research Insurance Options
There are two options for this, the first being that you acquire your insurance locally and the second is to see if your credit card has rental insurance on it. Do the research into both and find out which will work best for you and pick the one you feel most comfortable with. Make sure when doing the research into both options to tell them where exactly you will be traveling and what cities you will be renting in. The more they know, the better they can help you to make a choice on insurance options.
Advice of Travel Plans
Tell the rental agency in advance where you plan on taking the vehicle, that way they can tell you if you need special paper work to be able to go certain places. There are many restrictions, and if you don’t have the proper paperwork you could be denied access.
Most people plan their trips well in advance, especially Europe trips. Know that in Europe driving an automatic transmission is extremely rare in most parts of Europe and that if you insist on driving an automatic transmission it could end up costing you up to $300 USD/ per week! If you don’t know how to drive a manual transmission, your best bet would be to find someone who does and have them teach you how to beforehand, cause if you wear out the clutch on your rental car your insurance will not cover it.
Request Your Extras
Be sure to remember that you are responsible for requesting your own extras. Depending on your own navigational skills, you might want to request your own GPS system for the vehicle you plan on renting. Also if you are bringing children along, then you might want to mention child seating. Most places charge little for this necessity. Be sure to ask the pricing and restrictions.
Be Aware of Additional Fees
Most airports charge a pick-up surcharge, which is an un-needed expense since most hotels are located extremely close to the airport, if your hotel isn’t. Then there is the option of a taxi, which is often cheaper than the airport surcharges in most cases.
Research the Driving Restrictions
Familiarize. Do the research so you know the proper road signs and laws,. Things are quite different in Europe so the better prepared you are, the smother things will go for you.
Remember there are NO Dumb Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Contracts can be quite confusing, so never be afraid to ask about something you don’t understand.