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Old 28.07.2011, 15:42
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Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

Im thinking of hiring a convertible mustang and doing an east to west coast trip later this year.

I got one quote which was for about 2000 usd for 15 days car hire.... but 1200 usd of this was a drop off charge... i presume for picking up in one location and dropping in another.

is this standard practice in the USA, or any US experts here have some tip for car hire when they travel back from Switzerland to the US?

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Old 28.07.2011, 16:16
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Re: Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

Yes, drop off charge is is a common procedure. $2000 for 2 weeks for a Ford Mustang convertible is pretty cheap, be sure they tell you all the hidden fees (taxes) which will sometimes double the amount. Also be sure to have insurance on it. Usually the insurance is not included (hidden fees)!!!

Have fun, drive safe and keep nothing in your car while sightseeing!

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Old 28.07.2011, 16:30
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Im thinking of hiring a convertible mustang and doing an east to west coast trip later this year.

I got one quote which was for about 2000 usd for 15 days car hire.... but 1200 usd of this was a drop off charge... i presume for picking up in one location and dropping in another.

is this standard practice in the USA, or any US experts here have some tip for car hire when they travel back from Switzerland to the US?

Cheers
Kevin
One way rentals in the US aren't as convenient as they are in Europe. This has to do with stations and fleet management. If you pick it up in New York then drop it in LA, it's virtually impossible to get it back without hiring a truck to bring it.

caveat: If you do a circle trip instead of a linear trip returning it to the same location it would be more worthwhile. But it depends what you want to see and where you want to go and if you have already purchased your plane tickets.
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Old 28.07.2011, 17:14
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Re: Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

the n00b is right.

I would hire this guy to return your car.

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Old 28.07.2011, 17:27
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Re: Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

Time was when you could ask a rental office if they wanted an out of state car returning and all you paid was the gas...
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Old 28.07.2011, 18:46
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Re: Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

Good tips thanks. So looks like the option I already have is an ok one, given the circumstances.

I dont understand why in a country like the USA, they cant just have some cars coming and going to difference depots. 1200usd seems a lot of money to charge just to bring back a car after all.
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I dont understand why in a country like the USA, they cant just have some cars coming and going to difference depots. 1200usd seems a lot of money to charge just to bring back a car after all.
Cars are registered and insured in a specific state (different states also have different emission guidelines), and if they're out of that state for a certain time period, they have to be re-registered. This is the way it works for individuals, at least, I don't know if rental car companies have a different exemption.

Many Swiss people I know who traveled around the US for an extended period of time bought a cheap car, and sold it again after the trip. It ended up being much cheaper than a rental, I know people who even sold it for the same price. It's a risk, of course, but it might be worth looking into.
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Re: Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

Don't forget, between NY and Los Angeles are 2800 miles (or 4480 km); to move a car for this distance is normally $1.5 per mile and I charge this amount when I move cars around, I think you get a good deal.

Like I said before, ask your rental place for the total amount with all taxes, fees, and insurances.

Buying a car is risky, I did that in 2002 as I was for 3 month in the US ... had to buy new brakes, tires, and alternator, in the end it was more investment as it was worth, but maybe you have more luck.
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Old 29.07.2011, 12:25
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Re: Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

Certainly I will not buy a car for a three week driving holiday!

I guess it makes more sense if the cars are registered state by state.
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Re: Living in CH, hiring a car in USA for cross country trip.

There is a forum here for people who are looking for someone to drive their cars across the country. Could be a win-win.

http://www.myfamilytravels.com/forum/thread/37666
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Certainly I will not buy a car for a three week driving holiday!

I guess it makes more sense if the cars are registered state by state.

If you are going to end in California.. you could sell it to a mexican importer. Then the mileage and the fixing would not be soo much of a concern.
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