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Renting Car in US with a CH license

Hi, I will rent a car in the US later this month. Does anyone know if I need anything special aside from my Swiss license? I dont have valid US license anymore.

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Old 03.10.2012, 15:40
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Re: Renting Car in US

I've rented in the US with only a Swiss license without problem.

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Old 03.10.2012, 15:44
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

If memory serves me correctly, you'll need to have some kind of insurance. You can't just say you'll cover the costs yourself in the event of an accident.

Either you book through a place like Europcar, you pay with your credit card that has some sort of insurance, or you take the outrageously priced insurance that tacks on to the daily rental price. Good luck!
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Old 03.10.2012, 15:54
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

Insurance is normally included, as a quick check on Avis' website shows:

"Protections & Coverages:
0.00 USD
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
INCLUDED


Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
INCLUDED


Personal Effects Protection (PEP)
INCLUDED


Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
INCLUDED"


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Old 03.10.2012, 16:12
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

Tom - Perhaps when you make the reservation from here (as opposed to walking up to the counter upon arrival) all of the goodies are included. Good to know. They certainly are not included if you book from within U.S. borders.
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

As a bit of a safety factor, you can print out and take an English translation of the CH license.

Link: http://www.astra2.admin.ch/media/pdf...-15_2264_e.pdf
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Old 03.10.2012, 16:16
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

I've always done it from here, or from there when I rented here back when I was living there, so that may well be the case.

Or simply ordering on-line, can't remember the last time I rented a car at a rental desk without reserving beforehand.

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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

I recently went back to the US (first time since movingto CH a year ago) and rented using a German website:
http://www.billiger-mietwagen.de/car...riginPage=wait
I paid something like 800 Euro for 20 days for a small SUV, including a second driver, all kinds of insurance and a tank of gas. Even carseats would have been included, but we had our own.
The rental was locally filled by ALAMO.
A comparable car was not less than 2000 USD without any insurance or any of the other extras if purchased directly from ALAMO.
I double checked with the vendor if it was OK to buy from them even if I was not in Germany and they told me they serviced Germany and Switzerland.

I hope this helps

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Hi, I will rent a car in the US later this month. Does anyone know if I need anything special aside from my Swiss license? I dont have valid US license anymore.

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It is actually an advantage do not have an US license as you will get much better prices and offers. Deals on European third party websites are not valid with a US license.
Also the price on the rental agencies websites will change if either select US or Switzerland as your country of origin.
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

I don't have a US license anymore either, and I rented a car in the states a few months ago without any problem. Otherwise, I also just recently changed my name due to getting married, and had to get a new Swiss license, and they offered me an international drivers' license as well and told me that in some countries I might need it. I can't remember exactly how much it cost me but it wasn't very much. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to have something like that anyway!
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Tom - Perhaps when you make the reservation from here (as opposed to walking up to the counter upon arrival) all of the goodies are included. Good to know. They certainly are not included if you book from within U.S. borders.
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I've always done it from here, or from there when I rented here back when I was living there, so that may well be the case.

Or simply ordering on-line, can't remember the last time I rented a car at a rental desk without reserving beforehand.
I've done it both ways in recent years. Admittedly only once as a walk-in, when the queue at the desk for my pre-booked one was a mile long. But I don't recall it being any different, in that the basic quoted price included the CDW cover. Sure, they asked if I wanted all the extra personal liability stuff, but then they always did even if pre-booked anyway.

This latter may have changed - it certainly has for UK rentals, in that bookings there made by our travel office are now fixed, with no possibility of changing either any of the insurance options or anything else about the booking, like upgrading to a different car
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

You must have a credit card too. No credit card, no car rental. At least that's what happened to me last year.
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

My experience has been that they prefer the "Internationaler Führerschein" that you can get from the Strassenverkehrsamt over my original driver's license. I have however in the past rented cars with only my driver's license without problems.

It is most important that your rental includes the "full damage waiver". Never go without it

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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

Note that the US State of Georgia will now require an International Driving Permit to accompany foreign licenses.

This is recent legistlation as far as I know. My company's US headquarters is in Atlanta and recent notice on our Intra-net Travel Portal listed this advisory.

As State DMVs are generally uncoordinated in the US, I am unsure if this will spill over to other states.

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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

For the most part, the "international driver's license" is just a way for companies (in many cases, the auto clubs) to make some money. They just look at your Swiss driver's license and transfer the information to a bigger booklet. Last time I flew to North America (Calgary, Canada as well as California and Washington state), they didn't even bother to look at the international license. The Swiss one was sufficient.
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

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I recently went back to the US (first time since movingto CH a year ago) and rented using a German website:
http://www.billiger-mietwagen.de/car...riginPage=wait
I paid something like 800 Euro for 20 days for a small SUV, including a second driver, all kinds of insurance and a tank of gas. Even carseats would have been included, but we had our own.
The rental was locally filled by ALAMO.
A comparable car was not less than 2000 USD without any insurance or any of the other extras if purchased directly from ALAMO.
I double checked with the vendor if it was OK to buy from them even if I was not in Germany and they told me they serviced Germany and Switzerland.

I hope this helps

F
I'm in the US right now and have booked our car with billigermietwagen as well. I have found them the best... Also, just showed them my CH license, although I do still have a valid NYS one (came in handy when I was buying cold medicine for my MIL at Target, as they enter your DL info to limit the amount you can buy...). As mentioned, most of the deals gotten from Europe are not valid for US residents and check the T&Cs to make sure US citizens can rent with valid return ticket. Avis didn't check, but I am pretty sure it was in there...
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Re: Renting Car in US with a CH license

you can drive in the US on a Swiss license and you can also rent. As far as I know you will need a credit card and must be over 25 years old.

If your credit card does not cover your insurance you can check on purchasing 3rd party insurance --insuring directly from the rental company can add a significant cost.

I frequently rent from Avis and Hertz and have never had any problems renting. I've also been pulled over for speeding there and didn't have a problem with the license.
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