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Car Rental North America

If you are travelling to the United States for the very first time and having to choose which of the 48 contigeous states to visit (except the two remainder ones which are way out of border to other US states; these are Hawaii and Alaska), the third largest country in the world has plenty of both natural and man-made attractions for everyone's must-view list.

It is a country made for road trip exploration (one of the other great road trip favorite is Australia) and great open skies and where four million miles of highways lead to areas and territories which are best seen and experienced with a naked eye and certainly, not having them in our minds as had been seen behind cinema screens, many times portraying altered or -worse case scenario- fictitious locations that seem to stick to your mind. Such memories can seriously humper one's ability to realise that attractions and more generally, popular places are best valued when literally showing up. Depending on where you wish to visit, the sun-bleached hillsides of the Great Plains, the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest and the scenic country lanes of New England are a few fine starting points for the great American road trip.

 

You could of course start your trip by trying to visit one of these stereotypically popular tourist Cities and despite their famous charms and activities offered, Cities such as New York, Boston, Washington DC, Miami, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, should be the reference points for first time travellers to the United States.

 


Sources: Wikipedia, Lonelyplanet

 

General Travel Info and Advice for USA

 

Traffic in the USA travels on the right hand side (as it does in Canada and Mexico), except in the U.S. Virgin Islands, due to left-hand driving being common in the smaller Caribbean islands. As extensively mentioned above the United States is not the one portrayed in television and movies. It is a large, complex, and diverse federal country, with distinct regional identities. Due to the distances involved, traveling between regions can be time-consuming and expensive.

There is never one “best way” to travel, especially in a place as big as the US. It all depends on where you want to go, how long you have and on your personal preferences.

For weekly or fortnightly car trips, if you choose a specific city to stay at, say Miami, this will allow you to freely move about and explore both its immediate areas and its suburbs. Its always neat to plan beforehand where you'd like to go in and around that area and what places (museums and monuments, shopping malls, parks and beaches) to visit.

On the other hand, here are some things to consider while you’re planning long-term travel in the US and trying to decide how to get around.

What works best for you is going to depend on your situation and the kind of trip you want to take. If you live in Los Angeles and want to spend one month in Boston driving there would probably not be sensible. But if you have just landed in Los Angeles and have a month to travel around northern California then renting out a hire car would probably be your best choice.

Given a rental car, any overseas visitor to the US should seriously consider doing both short trips and also try to do at least a couple of long trips. There is no “right” way to travel in general and the only wrong way to travel is not to have a go at it at all.

While public transportation in and between cities is easy in the US, most of the country isn’t urban. Travel by car will be the easier option if you’re visiting Zion or Bryce National Parks in Utah. Carlbad Caverns in New Mexico, Point Reyes in California, and/or any of the other approximately fifty million other cool spots in the US. If you have two or more people to share the driving that’s even better. You can split the cost of gas and pay for your own tickets.

Traveling by car also means you don’t need to plan ahead so much. You have no timetables to keep track of. If your car is your hotel there are no reservations to make. You can stay easily stay longer in a place if you like it or leave earlier if find you don’t (when of course not being tied up to a specific hotel, as part of a package deal)

 

Renting out a Car in the USA - A word on Supplemental Car Rental Insurance

In the USA, the sale supplemental insurance/waiver products may be regulated by each states' insurance departments and where a special limited license may be required by the rental company in order to sell such insurances to the public, along with its other vehicle rental services. Be aware that the specific coverage offered can differ substantially depending on which US state from which the car has been rented out from.

Excess Insurance and its current standing (2012) in the US Car Rental scene

For many years now, when a car is hired in Europe, Africa, Australasia, and most of the Middle and Far East, CDW, Theft and Third Party Liability are generally included in the car rental price. There is almost always an excess (also referred to as Super CDW, Non Waiver or Deductible) on the CDW and Theft portions of the rental. A higher amount of excess usually results in a lower premium on the insurance. The Excess amount is in place, as it is used by car rental companies to discourage drivers from making insurance claims for small damage. Where the damage is cheaper to repair than the excess amount, then in most cases the driver in charge would not claim and the insurer is saved the cost of the repair. This Excess amount could range from about USD 800 to 2,500 (about GBP£500 to £1,600 Or about EUR 630 to 2,000) and is the portion of the loss that the renter is responsible for, regardless of which supplemental insurance / waiver products have been purchased.

Excess Insurance Waiver has only very recently commenced being charged in the USA, less so charged in Canada and it is generally charged in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Excess insurance is a secondary insurance (only in place with the CDW and SLI cover) and provides coverage to the renter for the excess amount. The majority of car-rental companies in Europe will sell this extra insurance cover as a 'top-up' insurance to cover the excess on their standard damage and theft insurance. Not only can this work out quite expensive sometimes, but so far experience (and Car Rental Company terms) has shown, that is is likely to exclude cover for damage to the windscreen, bodywork, roof, tyres and undercarriage of the vehicle (e.g. damage to the oil sump) leaving the hirer of the vehicle liable to pay out, if these parts of the vehicle are damaged. There are however, other alternative insurances (if offered at all by the Car Rental Company) that may well reduce these risks and costs. Specialist excess protection insurance from a number of other insurers can offer excess protection, much broader coverage and may include cover for those areas often excluded. In the event that the vehicle is damaged or stolen, the rental company will charge your credit card for the excess amount and you then claim for reimbursement on your vehicle hire excess protection policy.

 

Fuel Costs

Make sure you have a realistic idea of how much you'll pay to fuel your car whilst in the US. Generally, drivers in the U.S. pay less at the pump than drivers in most other nations. Leave plenty of room in your budget for gas expenses, especially if you are planning a long and adventurous American Road trip!

Charting the Various Rental rates between Car Rental Companies in the States

As per the title, this is neither an easy, nor a time-saving task. However, one should not worry about that, since our Online system allows this and presents the best and latest inclusive rental rates from all our associates. Since its really hard and time consuming to start searching for car hire deals endlessly, so even online (prices are different per company, what they include insure-wise is different and the extra fact that end cars also tend to vary greatly), there are sites that aid car hirers which present all there is to know. Such sites offer both online and tel support, offer aftersales support whilst on location, hence minimising their customer's efforts and stress -in securing a rental car at the right price- by initially ordering and then ultimately confirming the delilvery of their rental car at their requested location.

Renting a Car from MisterHire.Com in the USA

At MisterHire.Com, we do all the above and more; we make sure that our car rental rates are always correct as presented and consistent will today's fast-pacing world and latest car rental offerings from our car rental associates. Then as you are left to enjoy your visit with on of our rental cars at your chosen destination anywhere in the US, you may rest assure that we are there for you at all times. At the bottom of our CONTACT US PAGE, we present local contact Tel No's in various world locations (a US location included i.e. New York) such as Toronto and London, to name just a few. You may call us at anytime, as our multilingual staff at our Customer Support Centre will be there to assist you make the most of your holiday or business trip with one of our rental cars in the United States of America.

 



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