Florida is the perfect USA family holiday destination with all the theme-parks, state parks, restaurants, shopping and beaches. The preponderance of self catering villas makes it really economical, simple and fun to take the whole family. We arrange lots of car hire for multi-generational families and more times than not, it is Grand-parents doing the arranging. Continue reading
Do I need a credit card to hire a car in the USA? The short answer to this popular question is yes, you do. In this article we examine the general facts associated with the use of credit and debit cards. Continue reading
It is easy to avoid excessive fuel charges when you hire a car for your holiday. Our simple tips will help you avoid paying any more than necessary.
Firstly, be aware of whether or not fuel is included in the cost of your rental. When the initial tank of fuel is included you can safely return with an empty fuel tank. Continue reading
Florida has over 700 miles of toll roads, bridges and causeways, the most of any US State. These can all be easily navigated by use of the state’s SunPass e-tolling system. All of the rental car companies have signed up to use the e-tolling system in one form or another, to make it easy for their customers to whizz through the toll roads without having to pull off all the time to pay cash. Our separate post discusses which methods are used and how much is charged by the rental car companies for the privilege of using their system. In this post we will look specifically at the physical transponder favoured by Budget in Florida. Continue reading
When you collect a hire car from a rental company in the USA with a pre-paid rental voucher, you are often offered an additional package that is generally referred to as Enhanced Roadside Assistance. The actual name varies according to the supplier. The cost is around $7 – $10 per day plus local taxes. Continue reading
Christmas is nearly upon us and most of the car hire companies are now sold out for next week in Florida and San Francisco! We still have cars available in other parts of the USA so if you are heading to Boston or Las Vegas, you can still find a car (as I write!). Continue reading
Here in the UK we have had the most exciting Olympic summer and even occasional glimpses of the sun! But now, as summer slips to autumn and the days shorten attention turns to the next ‘main event’. USA Car hire companies are well ahead of this curve and have already put seasonal surcharges for car hire in place for the peak Christmas period.
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Hertz would acquire Dollar Thrifty for $87.50 per share in cash in a transaction valued at a corporate enterprise value of approximately $2.3 billion.
As part of the deal, Hertz has reached an agreement to sell Advantage (currently its car rental leisure arm) to Franchise Services of North America and Macquarie Capital. Other car rental companies within that stable are: U-Save, Rent-a-Wreck, Practicar and X-Press Rent-a-car. That sale is contingent upon the successful merger of Hertz and Dollar Thrifty. Continue reading
What are the requirements for driving licences for car hire in the USA?
To hire a car in the USA all drivers need a full, valid driving licence from their country of residence (but not USA or Canada). If you have a driving ban in your home country you cannot hire a car in the USA. Some car hire companies require that you have held your full licence for at least one year. But not all make this distinction – please see the checklist below. For UK drivers heading to the USA, we understand that nothing will change with regard to UK driving licences and that in other English speaking countries you will not be required to hold an IDP following Brexit. For drivers heading to Europe please click here.
Alamo Car Hire
Alamo Car Hire is the third largest car hire company in the US. Alamo is owned by the same company as Enterprise Rent-a-Car, the largest car rental company in the USA and National Car Hire. Enterprise Holdings is a private cash-rich family-run company with a revenue of over 12 billion US dollars.
Alamo was founded in 1974 with just 4 locations in Florida and quickly grew to become the largest supplier in the USA of car rentals to international travelers with nearly 6000 locations, including over 400 airport locations. In 2005 Alamo launched Online Check-in and now operate over 170 self-service kiosks at over 60 locations. Until recently it has been very difficult for travelers from the UK to use the kiosks but we have become aware over the last few months that this is now possible. With the self-service kiosks and the Alamo car hire Choice locations programme, Alamo are a very attractive proposition for your US car hire. Continue reading