Car rental in USA


    I just wanted to ask if I need any extra Insurance when renting a car there?
    They usually try to sell you lot of diff. insurances.
    Can I just rent and drive off . Is this different in the States in comparison to UK?

    Maybe someone knows more about this.


    CDW i believe is coompulsory
    They did ask if i wanted tyres underbody and windows for an extra $6 a day
    i said no

    Use Alamo - cheap and CWD is included

    Pre-pay then walk in and just drive off, nothing extra to pay.


    EasyCar, excellent and 10% Quidco. A lot of US peeps use their own insurance so rates look very cheap. We found it was much cheaper booking from here BUT not saying you are UK citizens. We used our holiday address and rates were much lower than using our home addy. We had a big SUV for 2 weeks and it cost about £350 all in last Easter.

    i was advised to rent the cheapest car as when you pick up they try to get you to upgrade and it is a lot less than it would be?

    The cheapest place we found to rent cars from is [url][/url] and you get quidco too.

    Book BEFORE you leave the UK (I'm assuming your UK residents) and save a LOT of money.

    do NOT walk in and expect to rent a car at anything like a reasonable rate.

    If you booked a holiday with a "free" car ignore the free car as the insurance is more than the cost of a car with insirance from the link given above.

    If you end up with a dollar car, ignore the "you need roadside insurance or a puncture could cost you $400" etc as it's bull :P

    do NOT rent a GPS from the car makers, if you own a tomtom buy US maps before you leave and take it with you OR go to target/walmart and buy a cheap US tomtom (cheaper than renting one and you now own it)

    Get the CDW cover, and whilst your at it, dont bother with anything focus sized, its the perfect opportunity to pick up a 5 litre V8.

    Expect to be given an automatic, so if you haven't driven one before get a quick lesson before you go from someone who has driven one.

    Also, nearly all the cars will have cruise control - make sure you know what you're doing before trying to use it!

    just got a quote on travelsupermarket and for 2 weeks it is £100 less than holidayautos-£269 for 15days. Is that a good price?

    If you're under 25 you'll usually need an extra young drivers sur charge as well.

    I've used Enterprise a lot in the states, never had a problem and it was pretty cheap.


    I've used Enterprise a lot in the states, never had a problem and it was … I've used Enterprise a lot in the states, never had a problem and it was pretty cheap.

    If you have a gold visa credit card then that covers insurance. (just check with your credit card comapny)...I used my barclaycard when i was in the states a year ago and i didnt need to take out any insurance. Another thing i would advise is dont book the car from here or online. Once you get to your destination and go in and speak to them can always bargain with them. I went to minnessota in march last year and hired a nissan 350z (they had the four door version) and i paid $190 for 6 day rental with sat nav....bargained like crazy though :thumbsup:

    Have a look at [url][/url] we have used this company twice and always found them to be very competative with prices.

    whats included in the price?
    Included in all our rates are:

    •Unlimited Mileage.
    •Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) which is a combination insurance of both Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Waiver. As long as you adhere to the rental policy of the supplier you will not be held responsible for the cost of replacement or repair to your hire vehicle.
    •Uninsured Motorist Protection (UMP) up to $1m Liability Cover. Offers an Uninsured/Underinsured/Hit-and-Run Motorist Protection (UMP) that provides the renter and family members travelling together in the rented vehicle with up to $1,000,000 of non-stacked coverage for bodily injury sustained while driving the rental car, and caused by another driver who has no insurance, minimal insurance, or is a hit-and-run driver.
    •Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) up to $1m Liability Cover. All drivers included on the rental agreement will not be held liable for third party claims for bodily injury or property damage resulting from an accident.
    •All Taxes and Airport Fees.

    If the gold rate is chosen then this extends the above insurances to cover additional Driver’s and also includes your first tank of fuel (pick up full, return empty).
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