How to Rent a Car in Germany

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Whether planning to zip around the countryside or instead simply hoping to see the local city sites in style, renting a car in Germany is a great option for travelers hoping to explore the open road. With rental locations scattered throughout the country, renting a vehicle is a rather straightforward process. By researching the process ahead of time and preparing oneself with the necessary resources and tools, visitors should have no trouble renting a car during their stay in Germany.

Reserving a Car in Advance

While rentals may be available upon arrival, renting a car before setting foot in Germany is generally advisable. Not only will this ensure that a vehicle is ready, but it is often easier to get a discount when booking in advance. Most major car rental companies have websites that allow customers to book a vehicle and pay for it via credit card. Most rental companies require drivers to be at least 21 years old. It is important to note that cars in Europe are generally manual transmission vehicles. If an automatic transmission is desired, this should be requested in advance.

Consider Procuring an International Drivers License

Most foreign countries will accept an American drivers license as valid proof of driving credentials, but some rental companies request drivers obtain an international license. These are available from a variety of different locations, include AAA. Read rental terms carefully to ensure compliance with the company's policies.

Verify Return Policies

Some rental companies allow vehicles to be returned to a different location than the one in which the car was rented. If traveling across the country, this might be an option for savvy voyagers to consider. Some rental companies charge a nominal fee for this service, so it is always advisable to inquire about such policies before renting the vehicle.

With its beautiful castles, delectable beers, friendly people, and unique local culture, Germany is a popular hotspot for tourists from around the globe. Getting around in a foreign country can be somewhat of a challenge, which is why it is always advisable to plan ahead. Renting a car online is a fantastic way to prepare oneself before reaching Germany, and will help to ensure that the rental process takes place as seamlessly as possible.See here for more information about renting a car in Germany.



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