“Must-Know” Traffic Rules in the USA

By Rent Car L A

Published by rentalcars1.com on May 17, 2020

We don’t want you to get a ticket because of a gorilla at the backseat.

Okay, the basic traffic rules are similar to the rest of the world. You shouldn’t drive if you drink alcohol; seatbelts must be worn, always use the signals even if there is no car around you, bla bla bla…

Nobody knows when a driver got a ticket because of the rules below, but still, we want to warn you before you honk someone else’s car horn.

Okay, let’s started.

In Alabama, driving a car while blindfolded is not legal. You know that the whole world drives while they are blindfolded, that is why Alabama needed this law.

In some states, tying a dog to the roof of the car is against the law. However, this law did not mention tying a dog in front of the car or behind the car!

You know being a waitress is hard, so please do not honk the horn after 9 p.m. where cold drinks and sandwiches are served in Arkansas. Otherwise, might get a ticket because it is illegal.

Girl driving

There are some laws definitely made by anti-feminists. In California, women should not drive in a housecoat. You have to change if you want to go to the supermarket by car. Also in Louisiana and Virginia, the husbands have to walk in front of the car waving a flag when the wives start to drive the car.

Did you get shocked? Wait, the USA is not done yet.

Gorilla

In California, you can get a ticket if you jump from a car going 65 mph. 60 or 70 mph seem still okay to jump.

You cannot drive if there is a gorilla in the backseat! You must know that it is illegal to have a gorilla in the backseat, you should make the gorilla sit in the front.

Do you like to read a newspaper sitting in the middle of the street? No, it is not legal. But you can try a book next time.

In Florida, if you tie a goat, an alligator, or an elephant, you need to pay for the parking lot. It seems like most of the Florida population has a goat, an alligator, or an elephant.

It is against law to honk someone else’s car horn. Use yours!

We think New Mexico is a highly competitive market for taxi drivers because authorities made a law that forbids taxi drivers to pull potential customers into the cabs.

And finally, it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving car, or motorbike in Tennessee.

Now, you are ready to drive appropriately in the USA. Drive safely!

Taxi

Why didn’t I get the same car that I selected online?

By RentCarLA – Published by rentalcars1.com on May 17, 2020

Did you pick a Toyota Corolla and the rental company gave you a Kia Forte?

The car you selected during the online reservation process may not be available when you arrive at the rental counter to pick it up, so you wonder This post explains why they don’t always give you the selected car you booked. This is because specific cars are mostly not guaranteed by rental companies. Usually, luxury cars are guaranteed like Mercedes, Audi, etc. and there is a “Guaranteed” phrase for the guaranteed models. If you can’t see the “guaranteed” phrase, it is possible that you can receive a similar car to the one you originally selected.

In our example, the Toyota Corolla and Kia Forte are two compact car models. Some companies may give you an upper car class without extra charging in case of the car class that you booked is not available.

Here are some examples of different car classes:

Mini:

  • Chevrolet Spark
  • Renault Twingo
  • Citroen C1

Economy

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Citroen C3
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Opel Corsa

Standard

  • Peugeot 508
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Renault Talisman

Compact

  • Ford Focus
  • Opel Astra
  • Fiat 500 L
  • Seat Arena

Intermediate

  • Peugeot 3008
  • Ford G-Max
  • Volkswagen Touran

Fullsize

  • BMW series 3
  • BMW X1

When you complete a reservation, you’ll receive a confirmation email that includes reservation details and information about the car. There is a special code for each type of car. This code also defines the features of the car. You can see what these codes state at the table below from the official website of ACRISS.

Expanded Vehicle Matrix of car classes

CATEGORY TYPE TRANSMISSION FUEL/AIR CONDITION
M Mini B 2-3 Door M Manual Unspecified Drive R Unspecified Fuel/Power With Air
N Mini Elite C 2/4 Door N Manual 4WD N Unspecified Fuel/Power Without Air
E Economy D 4-5 Door C Manual AWD D Diesel Air
H Economy Elite W Wagon\Estate A Auto Unspecified Drive Q Diesel No Air
C Compact V Passenger Van B Auto 4WD H Hybrid Air
D Compact Elite L Limousine D Auto AWD I Hybrid Air
I Intermediate S Sport E Electric Air
J Intermediate Elite T Convertible C Electric No Air
S Standard F SUV L LPG/Compressed Gas Air
R Standard Elite J Open Air All Terrain S LG/Compressed Gas No Air
F Fullsize X Special A Hydrogen Air
G Fullsize Elite P Pick up Regular Car B Hydrogen No Air
P Premium Q Pick Up Extended Car M Multi Fuel/Power Air
U Premium Elite Z Special Offer Car F Multi Fuel/Power No Air
L Luxury E Coupe V Petrol Air
W Luxury Elite M Monospace Z Petrol No-Air
O Oversize R Recreation alVehicle U Ethanol Air
X Special H Motor Home X Ethanol No-Air
Y 2 Wheel Vehicle
N Roadster
G Crossover
K Commercial Van\Truck

e.g. : CCMN = Compact Car – 2/4 Door – Manual Transmission – Non air-conditioned
The compact, 2/4 door results would include models similar to Ford Focus or Opel Astra for example.

Is It Easier to Rent a Car with a Credit or a Debit Card?

By Michael | AutoSlash

Published by rentalcars1.com on Apr 27, 2020

Want to rent a car with a debit card? Consider heading to Dollar or Thrifty. Those two firms just changed their policy and have made it much easier to rent a car with a debit card. At other major firms, it’s still possible, but you need to meet certain conditions, which are in place precisely because rental car companies would much rather that you use a credit card.

So why do rental car companies want you to pay with a credit card? In a nutshell, because it’s less risky for them.

Why Rental Car Companies Prefer Credit Cards

When you rent a car, you drive away with a valuable asset. The rental car company wants to have recourse if you damage it or fail to return it. Rental car companies would rather that you pay for a rental with a credit card because it reassures them that:

  • You’re an actual person with a real identity. You’ve already been vetted by the credit card issuer.
  • You will be able to pay for the rental and for any damages that might happen.
  • You have a good credit score and therefore can be trusted. Again, having a credit card shows that a financial institution trusted you with unsecured credit.
  • You will return the vehicle because you want the hold and deposit on your card returned to you,

If you pay for a rental car with a debit card and don’t return the car, the rental car company might have more difficulty recovering funds from you. Rent with a credit card, and it’s more likely that the company can track you down and get its money back.

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards

Some personal financial experts recommend not having a credit card at all, even for rental cars. Dave Ramsey says that he always pays for rental cars with a debit card without issues and that there’s never a need for a rental car company to run a credit check in order to rent a car. Yet he also adds the disclaimer that you should check in advance with the rental car provider or even use a ride-sharing service like Uber instead.

The problem is that not all renters are like Dave Ramsey—rich, famous, debt-free, and able to have a block on their account of the estimated rental costs plus up to $500. Many renters would not have that $500 cushion in their bank accounts. If you rent from Dollar or Thrifty, the amount of the hold will be $200.

Even more relevant is that Ramsey misses that there are valid reasons for a rental car company to give more scrutiny to rental car transactions made with debit cards. Company policies are based on big data—billions of past rental car transactions that show debit cards pose a greater risk.

What’s the best reason to use a credit card to pay for a car rental? A credit card usually provides some form of insurance coverage for rental cars. This makes rental car companies happy because it means the renter likely has insurance coverage for any damage that happens to the vehicle. The rental car company knows the credit card company benefits will likely cover any damage to the rental car.

Requirements to Rent a Car with a Debit Card

There are a lot of rental car companies in the U.S., so we narrowed our analysis to those providing more than 97 percent of the domestic rental car market: Advantage, AvisBudget Group (Avis, Budget, and Payless), Enterprise Holdings (Alamo, Enterprise, National), E-Z Rent-A-Car, Fox Rent A Car, Hertz Global Holdings (Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz), Rent-A-Wreck, SilverCar, and Sixt.

Only two of the 15 major rental car firms will rent to debit cardholders with the same ease as renting to credit cardholders. As of February 2019, Dollar and Thrifty now accept debit cards on nearly equal footing with credit cards. As long as you make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance and aren’t booking specialized car types like convertibles, you can rent from Dollar and Thrifty with a debit card much as though you were using a credit card, with no credit check or extra documentation required. (The new policy is only guaranteed at corporate-owned stores in the U.S. — like all the companies, Hertz has somewhat limited control over policies their franchisees use.)

At all the other major rental car companies, a customer with a debit card can expect to encounter the following requirements:

  • The debit card must be bank-issued, not prepaid.
  • There will be a security deposit placed on the card.
  • The company will run a credit check.
  • The renter may be asked for multiple forms of ID and possibly proof of residence.
  • The renter must show proof of insurance.
  • The renter may be asked for proof of pre-paid travel.
  • Franchisee locations may be able to opt-out.
  • There may be additional location-specific rules.

There may be additional restrictions:

  • Additional age restrictions based upon the payment method
  • Local driver restrictions
  • Major city prohibitions
  • Rural area prohibitions
  • Vehicle type restrictions
  • Additional driver restrictions

Debit Card Policies at Rental Car Companies

Note that there may be location-specific policies that are more extensive than the broader corporate policies.

Advantage: Debit cards must have Visa, MasterCard, or Discover logo. There is a security deposit up to $350, a likely credit check, and international travelers (even international residents of the U.S.) must have a return ticket to an international destination.

Alamo: Debit cards must have Visa, MasterCard, or Discover logo, Debit cards require documented proof of round-trip travel and a security deposit.

Avis: Debit cards must have Visa or MasterCard logo and only for those renters 25+. Debit cards almost certainly result in a credit check, cannot be used for premium vehicles, are not accepted at many urban/rural locations. Locations add monetary holds at local discretion.

Budget: Locations may use a national credit verification bureau and will require a third form of identification at the airport/off-airport. Franchisees are not required to accept debit cards.

Dollar: Debit cards are accepted by drivers at least 20 years old with a valid driver’s license. Debit cards will not trigger a credit check or a second form of approved identification. Both debit and credit cards are subject to an “authorization hold” at the start of a rental for estimated charges plus $200; if you use a debit card will lock up this amount in your bank account during your rental.

Enterprise: For rentals at airport locations, debit cards require documented proof of round-trip travel, security deposit amounts vary by location. For non-airport locations, debit cards may or may not be accepted (varies by location), deposit/security deposit amounts vary by location.

Fox Rent A Car: Debit cards must have Visa, MasterCard, or Discover logo. Round-trip itinerary and/or credit check through Experian plus deposit based upon traveler type. Fox restricts car classes to Economy, Compact, Midsize, Standard, Full-size, and Minivan. Debit card users cannot add additional drivers.

Hertz: Debit cards must have Visa or MasterCard logo and only for those 25+ (off-airport). Debit cards almost certainly result in a credit check, are not accepted at many urban locations, and require a second form of approved identification. Locations add monetary holds at their discretion (up to $350 or 15%).

National: Debit cards must have Visa, MasterCard, or Discover logo. Requires documented proof of round-trip travel, deposit amounts vary by location, vehicle types are limited and vary by location.

Payless: The company limits vehicle types (Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Full-size, Premium car, SUVs, and Minivans only), adds a $350.00 security deposit, and may run a credit check. Will allow the customer to use a credit card even if the credit check fails.

Silvercar: Silvercar only rents 2017 Audi A4s. Renters are not allowed to drive the Audi A4 with a debit card (no exceptions).

Sixt: Debit card policy is based per location, is entirely discretionary but requires two different forms of ID. In-state renters can only rent up to an Intermediate Car. Out-of-state residents cannot rent premium, luxury, or extraordinary vehicles. Sixt can hold up to three times the expected rental cost as a deposit.

Thrifty: Debit cards are accepted by drivers at least 20 years old with a valid driver’s license. Debit cards will not trigger a credit check or a second form of approved identification. Both debit and credit cards are subject to an “authorization hold” at the start of a rental for estimated charges plus $200; if you use a debit card will lock up this amount in your bank account during your rental.

What You Need to Know About Renting a Car With a Debit Card

  • Most rental car companies have complicated rules that may be more stringent at some locations (especially at franchises).
  • Funds for security deposits and holds might be tied up for an extended timeframe—up to three weeks after the rental ends.
  • Debit cards don’t have the same consumer protections as credit cards for billing disputes.
  • Many credit cards provide insurance coverage for damage to a rental vehicle that a debit card will not. If a renter wants rental car damage protection, the renter may have to buy it separately
  • Credit cards put the consumer in a stronger position to contest charges than debit cards do because a credit-card user does not lose access to the disputed funds during a dispute.
  • The rental car company has direct access to the checking account after a rental if there’s alleged damage.

 

What Happens If You’re a No-Show For Your Rental Car Pickup

By Jonatham | AutoSlash –

Published by rentalcars1.com on  Apr 27, 2020

Thinking of blowing off your rental car pickup? Whether you’ve had a logistical snag or simply a change in plans, it’s best to cancel your reservation—even at the very last minute.

But if you are renting directly with a Rental Company, the penalty for a rental car no-show can vary considerably. Depending on the company and whether you booked the “pay later” or prepaid rate, you might get stuck with paying no fee, a relatively small fee or the entire cost of the rental.

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Travelers are used to no-show fees. That’s a charge made to your credit card when you do not show up for a reservation. Hotels typically charge at least one night (and sometimes as much as your whole stay) if you don’t show and don’t cancel a certain amount of time beforehand. Airlines can be even more draconian in their cancellation policies. But the rental car industry got into the no-show game late and there is no standard industry-wide policy.

How to Cancel Your “Pay Later” Rental Car

If you’ve opted to “pay later” for your rental car, but you did not book with your credit card number, you are in the clear for no-show fees. If you booked with your credit card or have your credit card on file—say, with the loyalty program—it’s a good idea to cancel your reservation in advance, even if it’s at the last minute..

 

How to Cancel Your Prepaid Rental Car

If you booked at a favorable prepaid rate, you definitely need to cancel your reservation in advance. The no-show fee typically depends on how far in advance of the pick-up time you cancel. While most rental car companies will impose a fee for no-shows, several major companies charge no-shows for the entire booking.

For prepaid reservations, Payless has by far the most egregiously strict no-show policy. The three companies owned by Enterprise Holdings—Enterprise, National, and Alamo—impose the least onerous no-show penalties.

The best way to cancel a reservation is through the company’s online portal.

No-Show Fees By Car Rental Company

Alamo:

Prepaid rentals: No-shows are charged $100 if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. Fee is $100 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. Fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. In the event of a flight cancellation, Alamo will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to scheduled pickup. Vehicles will be held for 24 hours from the scheduled time of pickup for any delayed flights.

Avis:

Prepaid rentals: No-shows are charged full price of rental if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. Fee is $150 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. Fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Must request a refund online; refund will be credited back to your credit card within seven business days. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. “If you made a reservation without a credit card, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible before your scheduled pick-up time,” per the Avis website. In the event of a flight cancellation, Avis will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to the scheduled pickup.

Budget:

Prepaid rentals: You are charged full price of rental if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. The fee is $150 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. The fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Must request a refund online; the refund will be credited back to your credit card within seven business days. Pay later rentals: If you did not book with a credit card, there is no penalty for no-shows. If you booked with your credit card, the fee is $75 if you cancel less than 48 hours before pickup. Your credit card will not be charged if you cancel up to 48 hours in advance of the designated pick-up time. In the event of a flight cancellation, Budget will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to the scheduled pickup.

Dollar:

Prepaid rentals: No-shows are charged full price of rental if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. Fee is $100 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. Fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. In the event of a flight cancellation, Dollar will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to scheduled pickup.

Enterprise:

Prepaid rentals: You are charged $100 if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. Fee is $100 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. Fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. In the event of a flight cancellation, Enterprise will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to scheduled pickup.

Hertz:

Prepaid rentals: No-shows are charged full price of rental if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. Fee is $100 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. Fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. In the event of a flight cancellation, Hertz will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to scheduled pickup.

National:

Prepaid rentals: You are charged $100 if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. Fee is $100 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. The fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. In the event of a flight cancellation, National will not charge a fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to the scheduled pickup.

Payless:

Prepaid rentals: No-shows are charged full price of rental if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time or if you cancel within 48 hours of pickup. Fee is $50 if you cancel more than 48 hours before pickup. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. In the event of a flight cancellation, National will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to the scheduled pickup.

Thrifty:

Prepaid rentals: No-shows are charged full price of rental if you do not cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time. The fee is $100 if you cancel within 24 hours of pickup. Fee is $50 if you cancel more than 24 hours before pickup. Pay later rentals: No penalty for no-shows. In the event of a flight cancellation, Thrifty will not charge fee as long as a flight number and airline were provided in the reservation prior to the scheduled pickup.

Things You Should Know Before Renting A Car & Driving In Morocco

published by Rentalcars1.com  on Apr 27, 2020

by – 

Renting a car in Morocco and driving yourself is a great way to experience this beautiful country. But there are a few things you should know before you embark on a road trip.

When Anna and I were planning our first trip to Morocco together, we were initially hesitant about renting a car to explore the country by ourselves.

Morocco has a bit of a reputation for crazy driving (and drivers!).

But the more we researched, the more we realized renting a car in Morocco wouldn’t be as difficult as we thought, plus it would save us a lot of money.

We love the freedom of road trips and planning our own travel itineraries. Morocco is such a diverse country that it made sense to rent a car so we could stop anywhere exploring local villages, mountains, and deserts at our own pace.

Here are some important tips we learned from our experience renting a car in Morocco, to help you save money and stay safe while driving around the country!

Table of Contents

 

What To Know Before Renting A Car In Morocco

Matt & Anna in Morocco
Driving in Morocco was Awesome!

Should You Rent A Car In Morocco?

Hey, if you’re a fan of bus tours, by all means, go book one. It’s a decent way to see Morocco if you don’t have a lot of time.

No planning, no driving, just sit back and let someone else do all the work!

But if you’re like me, you prefer the challenge of independent travel.

True adventure, with no set schedule or timetable. Driving around Morocco with the freedom to stop anywhere fun you happen to find along the way.

If that’s the kind of traveler you are, renting a car in Morocco is the way to go!

Just keep in mind that driving times in Morocco can be longer then Google tells you. It helps if you have someone else to split the driving with.

Another nice thing about having a car was the ability to store things in the trunk, so you can explore cities with small daypacks rather than lugging around a giant backpack or suitcase.

How to Rent A Car in Morocco
Starting our Road Trip in Marrakesh

Where To Rent Your Car In Morocco

The best site to book your car is rentalcars1.com. They search both local and international car rental companies to help you find the best possible price. This is the easiest way to rent a car in Morocco.

We rented our car from the popular city of Marrakech, taking a Southern road trip route towards Ouarzazate before heading on to Merzouga and the Sahara desert.

From the desert we drove North to the blue city of Chefchaouen for a few days, finally ending in Fez where we dropped off the car and flew out of the country. However, there are many different types of routes you can take.

Camel Crossing Sign in Morocco
Why Did the Camel Cross the Road?

Car Rental Insurance In Morocco

Some of the rumors about driving in Morocco are true, and people can drive crazy here. That’s why I highly recommend getting full insurance coverage.

Typically, rental cars in Morocco come with a basic Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), but this isn’t exactly insurance, and only covers the car for up to 10,000 dirhams ($1000 USD) worth of damage.

While you can often save money if you book your car with a credit card that includes car rental insurance, you REALLY need to read the fine print, because many people wrongly assume their card covers them in Morocco.

If you get in a wreck driving in Morocco, declined full coverage, and you suddenly learn your credit card doesn’t actually cover the damage — you’re screwed. I can’t tell you how many travel horror stories I’ve heard like this…

It’s why I usually pre-book full coverage online for about $9 a day. It’s cheaper than at the counter — and then you won’t have to worry about accidents at all!

Moroccan Road Trip in a Rental Car
Driving through the Moroccan Desert

How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Car In Morocco?

Renting a car in Morocco is going to cost you around $25-$40 USD a day, depending on the type of car you get. Our 4 door sedan was about $30 per day.

I recommend renting a car with an actual trunk (no hatchbacks) to hide your luggage from prying eyes. It helps prevent break-ins if thieves can’t see your stuff.

Gas (petrol) prices in Morocco might seem cheap to Americans, but remember that the rest of the world quotes gas in Liters, not Gallons (1 Gallon = 3.78 Liters).

Currently, gas costs about $4 per gallon in Morocco. Remember that diesel cars are often cheaper in gas consumption than regular gasoline too.

Age Requirements For Renting A Car

The minimum age for driving in Morocco is 18 years old, however most car rental companies enforce their own age limit of 21 years old to rent a car.

Cliff Overlook on Morocco Road Trip
Stopping Anywhere is One of the Perks of Renting a Car

Moroccan Driving Laws Tourists Should Know

The speed limits in Morocco are generally 60 kph in urban areas and 120 kph on highways. Police speed traps are very common, so pay attention to your speed.

I was actually pulled over for speeding during our road trip outside Ouarzazate, but they let me go after paying a small “fine” (bribe?) of 150 dirhams (about $15 USD).

You might also encounter the occasional police roadblock, but often they just wave tourists through. Or they’ll simply ask you where you’re headed.

Moroccans drive on the right side of the road, just like in the United States. So you shouldn’t have any issues there (unless you’re British!).

International Driver’s License

No, you do not need an international driver’s license to drive in Morocco or rent a car there. Just bring your passport, credit card, and your driver’s license from your home country.

Winding Roads in Morocco
Switchbacks in the Atlas Mountains

Tips For Driving In Morocco

Learn how to navigate the roundabout! Morocco is full of roundabouts rather than stoplights, and if you’re new to them, you might piss off the locals or get in a fender-bender.

Road traffic in Morocco comes in all types, sizes, and species! Be prepared to dodge scooters, over-filled trucks, buses, bicycles, donkeys, sheep, camels, pedestrians, and more. It can be mayhem at times, especially in the cities.

Honking your horn in Morocco is a form of everyday communication. It means all sorts of things, not just “get out of my way!” Honk to thank people for letting you pass, or to encourage camels to cross the road. Don’t be afraid of your horn!

Avoid driving your rental car at night in Morocco. Street lighting is minimal, and road markings can be too. Not to mention people or animals suddenly appearing in the middle of the road.

Many Moroccans will use their turn signals to let you know when it’s safe to pass them. For example, a big slow moving truck going uphill. They’ll hit their blinkers when the road is clear ahead, so you don’t have to guess.

Car Rentals in Morocco
Driving in Morocco can be Hectic!

Advice For Renting A Car In Morocco

  • Don’t book a car without reading the company reviews. You’ll find plenty of bad reviews for every company (people love to complain online), but try to pick one with the LEAST bad reviews.
  • You may not always get the make/model/type of car you booked. If they give you a smaller car, or a manual when you asked for an automatic, be pushy and ask for an upgrade.
  • Beware of mysterious “cleaning fee” hidden charges. If it’s not in your contract, you don’t have to pay it.
  • English is not spoken widely. You’ll have an easier time if you speak some French or Arabic. Communication isn’t impossible, but be patient.
  • Inspect your car thoroughly and record video on your smartphone pointing out damage before you leave. This is a backup if they try to charge you for damage that was already there.
  • Pay special attention to the interior too. A common rental car scam is getting charged for “cigarette burns” on the seats — that they conveniently “forget” to mark on the original damage form.
  • Make sure your tank is full before you leave. Some car rental companies in Morocco will start you with an empty gas tank, forcing you to fill up immediately.
  • Use Google Maps on your smartphone for directions. Bring your own hands-free adapter and buy a Moroccan SIM card at the airport.

Enjoy Your Moroccan Road Trip!

Exploring the small villages, hidden canyons, colorful mountains, and vast deserts of Morocco in a rental car was definitely the right choice for us.

Self-drive road trips get off the beaten track to see things most people miss! ★

13 Crucial Rental Car Tips For First Timers

Published by Rentalcars1.com on Apr27, 2020

By THE WORLD PURSUIT / Natasha –

Jaguar Land Rover Launches Premium Car Rental Service in London

Published by Rentalcars1.com on Apr23, 2020

By Auto Rental News

Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) InMotion Ventures is launching The Out, an on-demand premium car rental service available exclusively to London residents, offering them the chance to book a quick trip, family road trip, or spontaneous getaway via an iOS app.

This service is targeting Londoners who do not own a vehicle and are interested in a high-end alternative to current car rental and carsharing services. Through The Out, customers can book a Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE, which they can have delivered either to their home or their office.

Ultimately, JLR wants to outclass traditional car rental services, using a transparent pricing, comprehensive insurance, unlimited mileage, available child seats, additional drivers, and more. The congestion charge is part of the package too.

The Out is available to book from 295 pounds ($386) for a weekend (195 pounds/$255 for the first day and 100 pounds/$131 per day afterward), and you can have the car delivered anywhere in central London, covering zones 1-3, as well as the Heathrow, Gatwick, and City airports.

 

7 Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

Published by Rentalcars1.com on Apr 07, 2019

By The Practical Traveler / The New York Times –

HITTING the road this summer? Better get booking.

As the busy summer car-rental season begins, prices are expected to climb. “In early June through the end of August, these rates will spike,” said Neil Abrams, president of Abrams Consulting Group, which tracks the car rental industry, so here are 7 Tips for Saving on Rental Cars. Last July, for example, the average rate for a weekly airport rental of a compact car booked seven days ahead was $369.62, or 56 percent more than the $236.73 charged in March, according to the Abrams Travel Data Index. Here are some tips to keep costs down.

Let go of name brands. Look beyond Avis, Hertz and other big national chains to independent agencies like Payless and Fox Rent a Car.

Another company with an unfamiliar name, at least to most Americans, is the German agency Sixt, which has begun opening branches in the southeastern United States, including in Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando, Fla. To boost brand recognition, the company, whose fleet includes BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, and Volkswagens, is offering deep discounts. For example, a Mercedes C-class cost $38.81 a day in late May at Sixt’s Orlando airport location, according to a recent search. By comparison, the lowest rate offered by Hertz for the same dates was $50.57 a day for a Kia Rio or similar economy car.

Dig for virtual discounts. Search for discounts and coupons on sites like Promotionalcodes.com and CouponWinner.com, or type in the name of a rental company and “coupon code” into Google to see what turns up. Rental car companies offer discount codes to members of frequent flier programs, and other organizations they partner with, including AAA, Costco, and BJ’s, so check those sites if you’re a member.

But don’t stop there. Most major car rental companies allow you to combine discount codes with a coupon code. For example, a full-size car from Hertz over Memorial Day weekend at Washington Dulles airport was $255.71 in a recent search. Plugging in the discount code 62455 for United Airlines frequent fliers and Hertz’s promotional coupon code, 168210, brought the price down to $160.02.

Track rates through Auto-slash.com. This site, which continually checks for lower rates and coupons until your trip date, can be used in one of two ways: You can track the price of a rental booked elsewhere, or you can book directly through Autoslash, which currently works with Payless, Sixt, Fox and E-Z Rent-A-Car, and the site will apply any discounts it finds.

The drawback with the second option is limited inventory. Major companies don’t like the idea that Autoslash capitalizes on the fact that consumers can usually change or cancel car reservations at any time without penalty. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, as well as Hertz and Advantage, recently pulled its inventory from the site, as my colleague Ron Lieber recently reported. Enterprise, which owns National and Alamo, won’t let AutoSlash list its cars either.

Avoid the airport. Off-airport locations are typically cheaper than airport locations, which tend to tack on fees that can raise the price by 30 percent or more. For example, a compact rental from Hertz at Boston Logan International Airport over the Fourth of July weekend was recently listed at $50.49 a day, or $219 a week with taxes at Carrentals.com, a unit of Hotwire. By taking the subway to the Arlington stop and walking a couple of blocks to the local Hertz lot, a traveler could cut costs to $39.98 a day, or $146.65 with taxes for the week.

Mr. Paz said you are essentially tricking the system into thinking you’re booking a two-day weekend rental, which typically has a lower base rate, with the goal of returning the car early. For example, the rate for a midsize car rental from Alamo at the Las Vegas International Airport, from noon on Thursday, June 7, to noon on Friday was recently listed on Alamo’s Web site for $35.95 (or a base rate of $27.27 plus $11.41 in taxes and fees). But extending the return time to 2 p.m. — two hours after the weekend rates “officially” kick in — drops the base rate to $15.18 a day. Though the overall estimated cost shows an additional $10.12 extra in hourly charges, you can still return the car at noon and get the lower rate, said Mr. Paz, who added, “Oops, you got there early.”

Negotiate. Even after you’ve booked the best possible rate, it can be worth swinging by the rental counter to see if you can finagle your way into a better car. You don’t ask, you don’t get,” said Mr. Abrams, the rental car consultant. Success with this strategy can depend on everything from the type and number of cars on the lot to the mood of the clerk, he added. But some companies are happy to put you in a bigger, or less popular, vehicle for the cost of a compact — if it’s in their interest.

“I frequently need minivans for the volunteer activities I do with teens,” said Marty Paz, the car-rental rate hacker, who has noticed by perusing the parking lot that there is often a glut of minivans at one location he frequently rents from on the weekend. “Oftentimes I’ve reserved an economy car for a Friday and just offered graciously: ‘If there’s a van, I’ll take that. I don’t mind,’ and for the price of the economy car I get the minivan.” (A larger vehicle, of course, will require more fuel.)

Prepay. Taking a page from hotels, rental car companies are offering discounts of up to 20 percent to travelers willing to prepay. In a recent search for weekly rentals at Boston Logan International Airport in mid-June, for example, Hertz was offering economy cars for $173 a week at the “pay now” rate. The “pay later” rate was about $30 more. The trade-off for locking in a low-rate? Cancellation penalties ranging from $10 with Budget to $50 if canceling within 24 hours with Hertz. And don’t forget about Priceline.com and Hotwire.com, which offer deep discounts to travelers willing to be locked into a preset price before finding out the rental car company.

The Four Types of Rental Car Insurance, Explained

Published by Rentalcars1.com on Apr 7, 2020

By Allianz Travel Insurance

Here it comes across the counter: the contract you have to sign to get your rental car. The salesperson is pushing you hard to buy rental car insurance as your pen hovers over the paper. Collision damage waiver? Personal accident insurance? Do you need all this stuff? What does it even mean? So we brought to you The Four Types of Rental Car Insurance, Explained.

Don’t check any boxes yet! Whatever the salesperson might say, these coverages are optional — and if you get them all, they can add up to $30 per day to the rental bill.i You want to be protected, but there’s no sense in paying extra for coverage you already have. We’ll explain the different types of rental car insurance and tell you what you really need.

What’s the Collision Damage Waiver?

The collision damage waiver or loss damage waiver offered by the rental car company means that if your rental car is damaged or stolen, you don’t have to pay to repair or replace it. These waivers typically include a deductible, however.

Do you need a collision damage waiver?

It’s wise to purchase this type of rental car insurance. While your regular car insurance policy may include collision coverage for rental cars, it most likely includes a deductible and may not pay for all the rental car company’s charges, such as loss of use (charges for the money the company’s losing while its car is in the shop).ii Your credit card may include free collision damage coverage, but credit card rental car insurance is typically secondary coverage, meaning any claims will go first to your auto insurance company.

The most affordable way to ensure adequate protection in case of collision or theft is with third-party rental car insurance. The Rental Car Damage Protector from Allianz Global Assistance provides affordable collision loss/damage insurance coverage up to $40,000.

Unlike the waivers rental car agencies sell, the Rental Car Damage Protector is actual insurance that can protect your rental car almost anywhere in the world.

What Is Supplemental Liability Insurance?

Liability insurance typically covers damages to other people’s property (e.g. their cars) as well as medical costs for other people’s injuries in an accident you’re legally responsible for.iii In the U.S., every state requires a minimum amount of liability insurance on car insurance policies, so you may already have liability coverage through your personal auto insurance.

Do You Need Supplemental Liability Insurance?

Someone trying to sell you rental car insurance may say your liability coverage is too low and encourage you to buy supplemental insurance. If you’re worried about liability, there’s a better way to protect yourself. The Insurance Institute of America suggests buying “umbrella liability insurance,” a low-cost policy added to your auto and homeowners (or renters) insurance that can provide extra protection while driving your car or a rental.iv

U.S. auto insurance policies often don’t provide any coverage abroad, so you may want to — or you’ll be required to — purchase liability insurance when you’re traveling overseas.

What Is Personal Accident Insurance?

While liability coverage covers other people’s property damage and injuries in an accident, personal accident coverage includes medical, ambulance and death benefits for you (the rental car driver) and your passengers.

Do You Need Personal Accident Insurance?

Probably not. According to Consumer Affairs, the benefits provided by personal accident insurance may already be included in your health, life or car insurance policies — or they may be included in the coverage the car rental company provides. If you’re traveling overseas, where U.S. health insurance may not be accepted, then you should carry travel insurance with emergency medical benefits and emergency transportation benefits. These benefits are broader than personal accident insurance, because they can cover your medical expenses in an emergency overseas, whether or not it was caused by a car accident.

What is Personal Effects Coverage?

Personal effects coverage covers the theft of possessions from the rental car, up to a set dollar limit.

Do You Need Personal Effects Coverage?

Probably not. If you have a homeowners or renters insurance policy, you may also be covered for loss of personal items stolen from your car.v Check your policy documents to be sure. And if you have travel insurance with baggage loss/damage benefits, you may be protected if your baggage is lost, damaged or stolen while you’re traveling.

If you’re a frequent traveler, an annual travel insurance plan may be your best bet to protect your rental car, your baggage and your finances. The AllTrips Premier Plan, for instance, includes the rental car collision damage waiver, $2,000 in baggage loss/damage benefits, and a slew of other travel insurance benefits that cover you for a 365-day period.

The easiest way to figure out what rental car insurance you need? Do your research before you’re standing at the rental car counter. Check your car insurance coverage and your credit card coverage options. Buy low-cost collision loss/damage insurance ahead of time. And if you impulsively check “yes” on all the insurance options offered by the rental car company, don’t let buyer’s remorse ruin your vacation (and your budget). The company may let you cancel the coverage if you return to one of its offices the next day.vi

How to Rent a Car When You Are Under 25

Published by Rentalcars1.com on Apr 7, 2020

By Brittany Anas, for the USA Today

While drivers can get their license at age 16, it’s almost another decade before renting a car is a seamless process. But it is possible for young adults under the age of 25 to rent a car at some car rental agencies. In general, most major car rental agencies will rent to drivers 21 and up, and some will rent to even younger drivers, but these rentals come with surcharges and added restrictions. So we brought to you How to Rent a Car When You Are Under 25

Why It’s Harder to Rent a Car Under Age 25

It comes down to statistics: Drivers who are younger than 25 are significantly more likely to get into accidents than older drivers, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data that’s cited on rental car websites. After drivers reach the age of 25, the crash rate declines dramatically. Given the higher risk of accidents, most rental agencies tack on a “young renter” fee or surcharge for those who are under age 25.

In general, drivers must be at least 20 or 21 years of age to rent a car. There are some exceptions: In Michigan and New York, the minimum age to rent a car is 18 years, as mandated by the states, but the surcharges tend to be even higher for drivers in the 18- to 20-year-old age brackets.

Car Rental Policies at Major Agencies

Hertz will rent cars to individuals who are at least 20 years old – with some rules. The renter must have a valid driver’s license that’s been in good standing for at least a year, have a valid debit or credit card and pay a “Young Renter Daily Fee.” But it’s possible to avoid the fee through membership programs. As a AAA member, drivers ages 21 to 24 might not need to pay the surcharge if they meet rental qualifications.

The surcharge can vary by location. Hertz also limits the types of cars young drivers can rent, precluding them from sports cars and luxury vehicles that come from the “Dream Cars,” “Prestige” and “Adrenaline” collections.

At Enterprise, the minimum age to rent a car is 21 years, and a young renter fee might be applied for those ages 21 to 24. The average fee is $20 per day, but it can be higher based on the rental location. While it’s allowable for young renters ages 18 to 20 to rent cars in Michigan and New York, those who fall in this age range are subject to even higher surcharges – $57 per day in New York and $40 per day in Michigan. Under Enterprise’s policy, those 18 and up who are U.S. government employees can rent cars by showing official orders.

Similarly, Alamo will rent to drivers 21 and up, and the rates could be higher for those in the 21- to 24-year-old age bracket. Certain specialty and larger-sized vehicles might not be rented to drivers under the age of 25. U.S. military and government employees ages 18 and older won’t have to pay the driver surcharge if they can show they’re on government orders. Drivers in New York ages 18 to 20 pay an additional $57 per day in rental fees, and drivers in Michigan in the same age range pay an extra $34 per day.

According to Dollar, each car rental office has its own rules. The rental company suggests trying to offset the extra surcharges by researching specials and checking to see if membership organizations like alumni associations and professional associations offer car rental discounts.

Budget rents to drivers under 25 in some cities and the surcharges vary. As an example, younger renters in Santa Barbara, California, are charged an extra $5 a day, while younger renters in New York cities pay an extra $35 per day. Also, those under 25 are required to use a valid credit card, as debit cards aren’t permitted.

Our friends over at Autoeurope – https://www.autoeurope.com have this advice for us:

CAN I RENT A CAR IF I AM UNDER 21?

If you’re between 18 and 21 years of age, you’re in a group that is brimming with desirable travel opportunities! From study abroad programs and volunteer vacations to WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and teaching English as a second language. Your youth and zest for life open doors everywhere and with these exciting possibilities you’ll find further travel inspiration around every corner! A car rental is most ideal way to travel independently while you’re abroad and Auto Europe is here to help ensure a little thing like car rental age requirements doesn’t stand in your way!

WHAT ARE THE LOCAL FEES RENTERS UNDER 21 SHOULD BE AWARE OF?

Car Rental Under 21Until you reach the age of 25, you are globally categorized as a “young driver,” and young drivers are subject to young driver surcharges. This set fee is applied daily, typically with a maximum cap, that car rental companies charge to each person who takes the wheel and fits their individual company description of a young driver.

The young driver surcharge can vary greatly from country to country and also between car rental companies, so it is a good idea to cross-reference this information. Luckily, Auto Europe is diligent in our practices of providing this important detail as you are perusing your car rental search results! Simply click the product information linked text next to each photo of the car rental category vehicle and voile – you’ll know in seconds exactly what each car rental company young driver policies are!

ARE THERE WAYS TO AVOID A YOUNG DRIVERS FEE WHEN RENTING A CAR UNDER 21?

A traditional car rental is one option for you to explore when planning a trip to Europe, a short term car lease is another! Factory-new Peugeot’s or Citroen’s are available for driver’s 18 and up! You can travel to 40 European countries covered under the zero deductible insurance provided, with unlimited car rental mileage and no young driver surcharges. If you are under 21 and planning an extended stay in Europe, a car lease may be a great option!

AAA members who rent a car with Hertz may be able to have the “young driver fee” waived if they meet standard rental qualifications. If you are a AAA member learn about all the benefits the come with your membership.

ARE THERE OTHER FEES FOR DRIVERS UNDER 21?

You probably noticed that in the driver information boxes of the three examples above a daily fee for additional drivers is also assessed. Again, the fees vary drastically with the Rome driver fee maximum cap being the most exorbitant, while the highest rate you’d pay in Paris in this instance would be $60 USD.

If you are weighing whether to add another driver for your trip, this fee is another financial factor to consider when you compare car rental rates.

WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS ON FLEET AVAILABILITY FOR RENTERS UNDER 21 YEARS OLD?

As long as your car rental needs are for basic category car, we can almost always find an equitable solution with a little patience and compromise. If however, you are envisioning speeding along Germany’s Autobahn in a sleek super-car, or turning heads by driving a luxury car through the streets of London, hold that thought. Fleet availability for a car rental under 21 years of age typically has more restrictions, particularly for specialty car rentals. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you don’t see yourself making again, call Auto Europe’s prestige department toll-free at 1-888-223-5555, where car rental dreams are made manifest!

IS THERE MANDATORY CAR RENTAL INSURANCE FOR RENTERS UNDER 21 YEARS OLD?

In most instances when you’re renting a car in Europe, you’ll find the car rental insurance requirements for you are no more and no less than they would be for any other age group. There are some car rental companies, however, that will only allow you to rent a car if you take additional car rental insurance coverage. In Germany for instance there is a car rental company with whom a car rental under 21 years of age requires that you take an inclusive insurance rate, while another car company might allow you to use available credit card insurance.

DO I NEED TO DISCLOSE MY AGE WHEN I RENT A CAR IF I AM UNDER 21 YEARS OLD?

Whether you create your car rental booking on Auto Europe’s website or use our toll-free number to make a reservation with one of our agents. When making your booking, be sure you provide the age of the primary driver at the time of the car rental. It could make a difference in the additional fees if they happen to exceed the car rental minimum age requirements at that time, which will give you more travel funds to work with, or it might not make a financial impact at all, but it’s important that the details are correct regardless.

DOES IT MATTER HOW LONG I’VE HAD MY DRIVER’S LICENSE?

To legally rent a car internationally, the minimum travel industry standard for a driver’s license to be held is one year from the issue date. If you’re renting a car in Ireland, you’d need to have held the driver’s license for two years prior instead of one.

DO YOU NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (IDP) IF YOU ARE UNDER 21 YEARS OLD?

No matter how old you are, many European countries will require international travelers to possess an international driving permit when they pick-up their rental. Countries including Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain all require drivers to purchase an IDP to pick-up their rental car and those aren’t the only ones! Check out Auto Europe’s international driving permit page for further details on IDP requirements and where you should obtain one.

An international driving permit translates your driver’s license information into several different languages. Depending on the country and supplier, an IDP may be required, or strongly advised.

WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK A RENTAL CAR WITH AUTO EUROPE?

Are you ready to book your car rental? Auto Europe offers financial security to the DIY traveler who chooses to utilize our three-step car rental booking engine. If you have any questions about car rental services, Auto Europe car rental specialists are available 24-hours a day to assist you via our toll-free number, 1-888-223-5555.


HOW TO RENT A CAR UNDER 21

Some car rental companies will not rent to drivers under the age of 21, and those that do will often charge an additional fee or surcharge to reflect the added risk of renting to a less-experienced driver. If it’s possible to rent a car as a driver under 21 in your travel destination, Auto Europe can help. It doesn’t take much extra time to rent a car as a driver under 21 years of age, and you can typically book online or over the phone with Auto Europe in as little as 5-15 Minutes. The cost to rent a car under 21 years old will vary depending upon the particular details of your rental agreement. A young driver surcharge in most locations will be in the range of $5 – $23 additional US dollars per day.

Items You’ll Need to Rent a Car Under 21

  • A credit card
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Money to cover the standard rental car cost plus the young driver surcharge

Steps to Rent a Car Under 21 Years Old

1. Preparing to Rent a Car Under 21

  • Step 1 – Determine the dates of your trip and your rental car budget.
  • Step 2 – Visit AutoEurope.com on your computer or smartphone or call our reservation team toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555.
  • Step 3 – Uncheck the “Driver Age 25-69” field on the search box or inform our phone agent that you are under 21 years of age. This will make a difference and in the inventory and pricing you see so you can make an informed and accurate decision.
  • Step 4 – Search inventory in your travel destination to find the best vehicle and price for you.
2. Selecting Your Vehicle and Optional Insurance Coverage

  • Step 1 – Review the available vehicle choices.
  • Step 2 – Filter your search by selecting the best vehicle size, a highly-rated local supplier, or let your budget determine the best vehicle for you.
  • Step 3 – Select your vehicle, and then consider whether you want to add optional equipment (like a roof rack, etc.) or insurance coverage to reduce the deductible you would owe in the event of an accident or theft.
3. Finalizing the Transaction

  • Step 1 – Confirm your booking by pre-paying for your rental car. You will typically need a credit card to complete the transaction, though in some cases a debit card may work (call us if you need to use a debit card).
  • Step 2 – Receive your confirmation voucher from Auto Europe with instructions about your pick-up location, dates, and the hours of operation of the local rental car office.
4. Picking Up Your Vehicle

  • Step 1 – Note the location of the local car rental office on your voucher and make sure the office will be open when you arrive in your travel destination.
  • Step 2 – Have a copy of your Auto Europe booking voucher with you, along with the credit card you used to complete the booking, and your driver’s license.
  • Step 3 – Go to the rental car pick-up counter to check-in and obtain your keys. Auto Europe always recommends that you document the condition of your vehicle prior to leaving by taking photos of any existing damage (this can help you should the local rental company claim that pre-existing damage was your fault when you return the vehicle at the end of your trip).
  • Step 4 – Confirm the drop-off location and hours of operation prior to departing. This way you will know where to go (and when to get there) for a hassle-free return at the end of your trip.