January 28, 2022

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What do you need to rent a car?


What do you need to have and do to be able to rent a car? Are you looking to rent a car in the United States for a local vacation or work trip, or do you want to book a rental car overseas? The answers to those questions actually have the same responses, but in different ways. In this article, we’ll walk you through the requirements that car rental companies ask of their clients.

Are you going to be driving in a foreign city and looking for the usage of GPS in a car? There are many types of GPS units for cars, and GPS improves driving behavior.

The first and most important item you’ll need to be able to rent a car in the USA (and around the world, too) is a driving license. In fact, for most car rental companies in the USA, the person who books and pays for the rental car must be over the age of 25 years. The nominated driver can be 21 years and older, though. For those IndyCar and NASCAR drivers under the age of 21, you’ll have to catch a taxi cab despite your mastery behind a car’s steering wheel.

You’ll also need to purchase some form of rental car insurance. The rental car company, of course, wants to ensure that their investment and money-making tool is covered and protected while being driven around. This is a cost that you can’t avoid, but there are some strategies you can employ to reduce the cost. By using your credit card, your credit card company usually has a rental car insurance cover for you to use should you rent a vehicle using your credit card. A third-party insurance company can also offer you cover at a reduced rate, as opposed to the premium you’ll be paying for going direct with the rental car agency’s own insurance cover.

If you are in a foreign country on holiday, you’ll need to take your driving license with you. You’ll still need the person who is paying and booking the rental car to be over the age of 25 years and the driver to be over 21. Drivers must also have had their driving licenses for more than a year and must be prepared to purchase a “super cover” insurance plan.

If you’re a foreigner in the United States, you’ll need to apply for an International Driver’s Permit. These will be required by rental car agencies as well as the traffic and highway police in the United States as well as internationally, too.

Using a GPS device has been shown to improve driver behavior. Some rental car companies supply GPS units as standard in their vehicles, while for others you need to pay an extra fee. The stress of driving in a foreign country or city leads to accidents happening. A GPS guiding you safely to your destination and on trips for sightseeing lowers the incidence of accidents and vehicle damage.