If you are traveling overseas and want to see the country from something other than a train, you can rent a car for your travels. While renting a car overseas is very similar to renting a car in the United States, there are a few key differences. If you are in a country that requires an International Driver's Permit, you will not be able to rent unless you have already obtained one.
Verify that an International Driver's Permit (IDP) or International Driving Licence is not required in the country in which you want to rent a car. Typically, countries that speak English do not require you to have the IDP. A car rental office will be able to tell you if you need an IDP. An IDP can only be issued before leaving the United States.
Locate a car rental agency in the country in which you want to rent a car. The most options are usually available at an airport. US-based agencies, such as Hertz and Enterprise, have an overseas presence. Overseas rental agencies include Auto Europe and Europcar.
Book your car rental either in person or online. If you have a phone number, you can book your rental over the phone. Most overseas car rental agencies only accept credit cards for rentals, so be sure that you have a credit card. Keep in mind that renting in person can cost more than booking in advance.
Consult your auto insurance policy and your credit card travel coverage to see if you are covered for overseas car rentals. Pay attention to the details, as there may be some countries excluded from your coverage. If you do not get coverage through your auto insurance or credit card, be prepared to take insurance coverage from the rental agency. You will only be allowed to refuse rental coverage with proof of other coverage.
If you plan to drive across any borders, inquire about the border crossing policy of the rental agency. Typically, border crossing is allowed, but there may be some restrictions.
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Verify the return due time of your rental; there may be limited hours when returns are accepted.