That said let’s get to the
point. What are your requirements and what does the rental car company offer?
This is very important and requires beforehand thought and not hindsight
recrimination. A renter should decide ahead of time how large a car is needed
to fit in both passengers and luggage…there are lots of options here. Alamo
offers nine category choices: Mini; Economy; Compact; Intermediate; Standard;
Fullsize; Premium; Luxury and Minivan. If you want a manual or automatic
shift, say so. If its summer be certain that the vehicle is outfitted with
air conditioning. If winter, be certain chains and a window scraper are
included for winter driving in mountains…don’t take this for granted.
And, will you need optional equipment; such as, a baby car seat or ski rack?
All very simple things, but many times the simple things are too simple.
Most important for traveling
outside of the U.S. is insurance coverage. My advice when traveling in Europe
or for that matter in any foreign country is to take all that is offered…CDW;
TP; EP; and PAEC. Sure, it will cost more per day or week, but just let one
thing happen that you’re not covered for and you may not only be kicking
yourself afterwards but your trip may get sidetracked. Note: Check with your
credit card company beforehand and see if they cover any of the insurance
costs and how it is handled in a foreign country if a loss occurs.
Pre-book your auto before
leaving the U.S. so that you pay in USD. Then you won’t be surprised at the
end of the trip by add-ons. According to Alamo, their pre-booking system
includes taxes and insurance options and you save money by reserving
product. Mileage is unlimited and rentals are covered by 24-hour roadside
Everyone now has a web site so see what Alamo has to say at