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Tips for Overseas Car Rental

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Taking a trip abroad can be a real pleasure that’s loaded with excitement that will last a lifetime. Guided tours of foreign countries can be incredible, but sometimes you just want to drive. With this in mind, inexpensive rental car companies that handle international bookings can be lifesavers, but there are things to consider before choosing to go this route.

Verify that an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is not required in the country in which you want to rent a car, otherwise you should have already obtained one. Typically, countries that speak English do not require you to have the IDP. A car rental office will be able to tell you if you need an IDP. An IDP can only be issued before leaving the United States.

Locate a car rental agency in the country in which you want to rent a car. The most options are usually available at an airport. US-based agencies, such as Hertz and Enterprise, have an overseas presence. Overseas rental agencies include Auto Europe and Europcar.

Book your car rental either in person or online. If you have a phone number, you can book your rental over the phone. Most overseas car rental agencies only accept credit cards for rentals, so be sure that you have a credit card. Keep in mind that renting in person can cost more than booking in advance.

Consult your auto insurance policy and your credit card travel coverage to see if you are covered for overseas car rentals. Pay attention to the details, as there may be some countries excluded from your coverage. If you do not get coverage through your auto insurance or credit card, be prepared to take insurance coverage from the rental agency. You will only be allowed to refuse rental coverage with proof of other coverage.

If you plan to drive across any borders, inquire about the border crossing policy of the rental agency. Typically, border crossing is allowed, but there may be some restrictions.

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