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What do I need to know before I book a rental car in the USA?

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Before you book your rental car, there are a few things you need to consider. Even if you've rented a vehicle before, policies can be differ between car rental companies, and even between locations. VroomVroomVroom has put together a general guide to some important things you need to know before you book your rental car.

Is there a charge to add an additional driver?

If you are planning on sharing the driving during your US road trip, it is a good idea to do your research so you know which companies charge a fee. In some cases, a renter's spouse, employee or employer may be considered an authorized driver, and may be exempt from paying the additional driver fee.

Read all about the fees for adding an additional driver here. If you'd like to learn more about how to add an additional driver, see our guide here

What is included in the price?

There are certain surcharges that may not be included in the listed rate. Generally, any extras such as insurance products, child seats, GPS devices, age surcharges and additional drivers are not included in the rate.

Read the full list of price inclusions.

Will I need an International Driving Permit to drive in the United States?

Although the policies are different for each state, generally if your license is not printed in English you will also need to present an International Driving Permit. There other important license requirements to be aware of before you arrive to collect your car.

Read more about the International Driving Permit and license requirements.

Do I need to purchase extra insurance for my rental car?

In some cases, US residents may already be covered by their existing car insurance policies, and some foreign travelers may have travel insurance that includes coverage for a rental car. It is important to do your research so you understand the exclusions to your policy.

Read more about car rental insurance.

Important

Before you book your rental car in the United States . . .

There are a few important things to remember before you book your rental car. You will need to have arranged your International Driving Permit before you arrive in the United States, if it is required. You should also look at the price breakdown so you understand what is included in the listed rate, and what you will be charged at the depot. 

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