Renting a Car while Across the Pond

Renting a Car while Across the Pond
January 28 12:37 2017 Print This Article

Planning your first trip abroad can take months of preparation that generates enough paperwork to fill a field manual.  But the better prepared you are, the more you’ll enjoy your trip. Along with factoring in time zone differentials, currency exchanges, lodging, meals and entertainment, you must pay attention to the details of transportation.  If you’re going to a city with a well-planned public bus, train or taxi system like London, for example, you’ll find you can probably get around the city easily without a car.  If you long to visit the country side and explore ancient or historic sites, then it might be best to forego the tourist bus for a car from www.CarSite.co.uk.

You might be surprised to learn that familiar US companies like Enterprise operate in over 70 countries around the world.  For the first-time traveler, seeing a familiar logo is comforting –  like running into a friend from home.  In the states, you can even use a site like Groupon to rent a car using discount coupons and codes for Enterprise.  They offer a free membership reward program called Enterprise Plus that gives you one point for every rental dollar spent for a qualifying program.  These points can be redeemed for free rental days and the program is good at their locations worldwide.  Best of all, according to their website, there are no blackout dates, so you can plan with ease when using Enterprise, and save by using Groupon to book your car online.

Rental car insurance coverage varies internationally, and some countries offer no coverage at all, so make sure you ask lots of questions of the rental agency or ask your travel agent about coverage well before you leave.  Even if you only intend to use public transportation, you may find an unexpected opportunity to attend an event in a neighboring city that requires travel by Car and Auto.  By asking beforehand, you can hit the ground running – or rather driving, and not miss a once in a lifetime experience.

You’ll want to pay attention to things like getting the car back in time and prepaying for gas. Buying it before returning the car is recommended.  You don’t want to pay for gas in advance because it may just happen that you never use the car as much, if at all.   And while you might enjoy renting a large car in the states, remember, European roads tend to be narrower than we’re used to.  So think small when you choose your vehicle and you’ll have big fun.

 

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