Renting a car in the United States is a relatively simple task, however there are some aspects of the car rental process that must be taken into account, to avoid any inconveniences. For those who drive manual transmission cars, it is important to know that US cars normally run on automatic transmission. Manual cars are hard to come by, so there is a good chance that, at the time of your arrival, the car rental company will not have one to offer you. In the case that you do not know how to drive automatic models, it is highly recommended that you practice on a side street, before getting onto the freeway.
Another thing to take into consideration is that those traveling with children under 2 years should make sure, when picking up the car, that the rental comes with regulatory safety seatbelts; since, in almost all of the territories in the United States, it is illegal to carry small children without the proper seat safety. Regarding insurance, it is always good to know that it is much more economic to reserve a car that already has insurance included. RentingCarz, offer total protection rates, which are much more convenient.
To drive in the United States a license is required from the country of origin, written in the Roman alphabet. It is not necessary to have an IDP (International Driving Permit) to drive in the United States; however, some car rental companies may require it. The policy of RentingCarz does not require the driver to have an IDP; on the contrary, they offer better rates if the driver’s license was issued in Latin America or the Caribbean.
It is required to be at least 20 years old to rent a car. However, drivers between the ages of 20 and 25, have to pay a higher insurance, between $20 or $35 a day. Some car rental companies have promotions, reducing or eliminating this cost. Additionally, those who meet the age requirement of 25 or older, should check with the car rental company about the license requirements, because sometimes they ask for a minimum number of years of driving experience.
To rent a car in the United States, you must show an original and valid passport, a driver’s license and a credit card, as a security deposit, in order to sign the rental contract.
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