What Do I Need to Rent a Car This Upcoming Fall and Winter?

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Car Rental Express offers recommendations on what one would need to rent a car in North America this fall and winter travel.

CRX recognizes that there are important yet subtle differences between renting a car in Europe and in North America. For instance, car renters need to be aware of charges beyond the basic car rental price such as the road tax. Meanwhile, when renting a car in the North America, Car Rental Express suggests renters consider the following basic and extended requirements to make the vehicle rental possible:

1. Basic requirements

In general, potential renters should have the following items to rent a vehicle in North America:

  •     a valid US or Canadian driver’s license for a rental in that country; if it is foreign license, an international license is often required as well
  •     major credit card, like Visa, MasterCard or Amex
  •     North American car insurance (required by law in most states and most often required by rental agencies; bring written proof of insurance to avoid insurance waiver charges)

With these in place, CarRentalExpress.com is optimistic that you will be able to rent a vehicle from most N. American agencies.

2. Secondary Driver

Travelers driving on a long trip may consider a secondary driver for relief. This person must also present valid identification. Only one person in the party is usually responsible for insurance, credit card and credit check. A surcharge is typically assessed for a secondary driver. Consumers who are credit challenged or who are under age may work with a primary driver to acquire a car rental. The primary driver serves as a "co-signer" for the secondary driver listed.

3. Variation of requirements between individual rental agencies

Rental requirements in North America vary from rental agency to rental agency. Smaller companies, for instance, may require more from renters to ensure their rental vehicles are protected when out of their possession. Larger rental agencies may have fewer requirements in some areas and more in high risk areas, where there are a larger number of accidents and thefts. CRX recommends potential car renters should review each agency’s policies to determine their requirements. Policies can be ween at most rental websites, or in reservation confirmation email. CRX shows a policy tab, after an agency and vehicle have been selected for review and a final rental decision.

Please refer to our CRX tips and resources guide for more information on what to look for to successfully rent a car in North America.

CarRentalExpress.com (CRX) provides thousands of impartial consumer based Renter Rated reviews, including comments, for more than 200 car rental agencies. Reviews and comments are submitted by real people who have completed rentals through our site. CRX also helps find some of the cheapest car rentals in North America, lower than major brands. Reviews allow consumers to assess costs and service to choose the best car rental deal.

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