There's nothing quite like taking the family on a trip, and let's face it - your time together can either be really good or really bad. If you're planning to drive, arranging the perfect family car rental is a critical step which can help you avoid headaches, tantrums and replace them with wonderful memories.
You'll want to rent a car with plenty of room, but also something that's safe, comfortable and with good fuel economy (because let's face it - traveling with a family can be expensive and you have to save money where you can).
At Auto Europe we offer the best selection of vehicles in Europe, the United States and at destinations worldwide, but there are a few things that we suggest to make sure that you get the perfect rental car to accommodate your family comfortably during your upcoming trip. When renting a car for a family getaway one thing is for sure: careful planning and attention to detail matter. Following some of the tips below will help you make your next trip smooth, fun and hassle-free.
If you're planning a family ski trip, camping adventure, or even if you're just traveling abroad with young children you should make arrangements for your family's rental car as early as you can. Many countries have unique laws that mandate the use of child seats based on your child's height, age and weight and the simplest thing to do is often to arrange a child seat rental as an add-on item so you can pick it up with your car (much simpler than checking it at the airport). Auto Europe's booking engine offers details about all local laws and requirements in this regard so you can rent the correct size child-seat with a single click!
If you're planning a ski trip or a winter drive, then planning ahead and booking in advance will allow you to reserve a proper roof rack, snow tires or even snow chains. In some locations these items are required by law ... booking early will help you make sure you get what you need to be safe (and legal!) on the roads.
Paying attention to details when you're planning your trip can go a long way toward crafting a more enjoyable family car rental experience. Small things like arranging a GPS pre-loaded with up-to-date local maps of your route and selecting a safe and reliable vehicle which has creature comforts like a good sound system, plenty of leg room, and adequate space for your family's luggage can make the difference between a memorable family road trip and a vacation that leaves everyone feeling sour.
The best part of renting with a broker like Auto Europe is that you'll enjoy great prices and plenty of options. We work with the most reputable rental car suppliers in the industry (names you'll recognize like Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Budget and Enterprise) and what this means is that you can compare vehicles and prices between every local auto rental fleet, selecting the perfect vehicle (and the perfect price) for your family car rental.
A popular choice for those traveling with children of any age is a sport utility vehicle. Offering plenty of storage for luggage, games and sporting equipment, renting an SUV for your family trip can be a great choice. Enjoy safety, comfort and decent gas mileage while offering your family plenty of room.
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First a word of warning: family passenger van rentals always sell out quickly. If you're planning your trip during the summer our advice is to book your van as quickly as possible. Part of the reason these vehicles don't last long is because they provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience and they're probably the best option for a family rental car road trip.
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The best option for some travelers may be a larger sedan or a small wagon. Choose a roomy luxury vehicle with a comfortable leather interior, or select a spacious mid-size wagon or small SUV. Auto Europe offers a variety of vehicles designed to save you money on gas while providing adequate space.
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Wherever you're heading on your next vacation - whether it's a trip to Disneyworld, an Americana driving tour on Route 66 or if you're considering following one of our incredible European road trip itineraries, you can save money when you compare and shop online with Auto Europe.
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