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    Car Rental Tips & Vacation Destinations for First Time Renters

    Exploring the many intriguing facets of European culture and history makes for an excellent vacation experience, but organizing transportation to accommodate your personalized itinerary can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Many travelers opt for multiple public transport options, including buses, trains, and taxis, mistakenly believing that they're saving money by forgoing the exploratory freedoms afforded by a car rental, and instead subjecting themselves to many woes of public transportation - including overcrowding, last minute schedule changes, and ever-changing seasonal fares. In most circumstances, renting a car in Europe is the most affordable transportation option, and allows travelers to enjoy a flexible, self-guided vacation itinerary and explore off the beaten path destinations with ease. The article below details some helpful car rental tips for first time renters, as well as a few top-notch destinations to visit in Europe that are best explored by car.



    Car Rental Tips & Guidelines for First Time Renters

    Car Rental Tips & Guidelines for First Time Renters

    Choosing the Proper Vehicle: The most important consideration when renting a car in Europe is what size vehicle will best suit your passenger and luggage capacity needs. If you're planning on traveling in a large group with both checked and carry-on luggage, an SUV or passenger van rental may be your best option, as they have comfortable seating for between 5-9, and large trunk areas for excess luggage. On the other end of the spectrum, travelers in smaller groups or going solo will enjoy the top-tier fuel economy and sporty driving feel of a smaller, compact or economy vehicle. When searching for a car rental online with Auto Europe, each vehicle listing in the Search Matrix will detail approximate luggage capacity and number of doors so you can choose the best car for your trip.

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    Choosing the Right Insurance Options: Many frequently asked questions about the car rental process are in regards to insurance options, and for good reason, as there are a variety of different options depending on where you're planning to rent the vehicle, and the type of credit card coverage you may already have. In Italy for instance, full insurance coverage (CDW - Collision Damage Waiver) is a mandatory purchase with your rental contract, where as in the rest of Europe, CDW and Theft Protection may be covered by your credit card company. In addition to basic insurance (Liability) and traditional CDW with deductible, Auto Europe also offers Zero Deductible (ZE) and Refundable Deductible (ZD) insurance options that tie into collision and theft and can negate or minimize deductibles associated with these insurances. Be sure to check with your credit card company to see if they offer any car rental insurance before booking a rental car, to be sure you're purchasing the proper coverage.

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    Understanding Potential Car Rental Fees: Every traveler wants to find the best deals on a car rental when planning a vacation overseas, but some rental car costs may not always be what they seem. Additional fees, taxes, and surcharges might not be clearly stated in your car rental contract if you choose to go directly through the supplier, but Auto Europe is dedicated to making your booking process transparent and easy to understand! All Auto Europe car rental vouchers include a detailed list of additional fees, and where/when they must be paid. When comparing car rental costs be sure to consider which fees are included, and which need to be paid locally upon pickup of your vehicle.

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    Top Vacation Destinations for Exploring with a Rental Car

    With driving in mind, choosing a destination to explore via rental car is the most exciting part of the trip planning process. Below we've highlighted three of our favorite European vacation spots perfect for exploring the area on your own in a comfortable car rental.

    Northern Italy:

    Northern Italy is far and away one of the most idyllic and breathtaking places to explore with a rental car, with a wide variety of exciting cities to visit, including Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa, and more. Northern Italy contains many diverse landscapes, from the mountainous Alps to the Mediterranean Sea - all most easily accessible by car. Italy's northern regions are all interconnected by a vast expressway system that snakes through breathtaking alpine vistas, lush river valleys, and cliffside coastal overlooks, allowing you to craft your own personalized itinerary and see more of Italy's unique landscapes and histories in a single trip!

    The French Riviera

    The French Riviera:

    Nearly every destination in France, from the rocky coastline of Brittany, to the historic streets of Paris are rife with vacation potential, but none truly compare to the majesty that is southern France's Cote d'Azur - also know as the French Riviera. The Riviera's coastline is dotted with fantastic cities and quaint hamlets, including Monte Carlo, Nice, Frejus, Nice, and Marseille among others. With a car rental, travelers can traverse the coastline with ease, experiencing the full breadth of the Rivieras attractions while also enjoying scenic views of the Mediterranean sea and its sun-soaked beaches.

    Ireland:

    Hands down the most conducive landscape for taking to the road and adventuring by car, Ireland's rolling hills and verdant countryside are absolutely gorgeous and peppered with centuries old architecture, ancient castles, and stunning natural rock formations - all accessible along winding country roads, or even more conveniently along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Whether you start in Dublin, Belfast, Shannon, or Cork, a driving vacation in Ireland is a once in a lifetime experience, and will definitely stick with you forever.


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