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TripWheels has great deals for car hire in the U.S. Cool cars, family cars, convertible's and SUV's, 1 driver, 2 drivers, young drivers - we can do them all!
TripWheels has great deals for car hire in the U.S. Cool cars, family cars, convertible's and SUV's, 1 driver, 2 drivers, young drivers - we can do them all!
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What are the requirements for driving licences for car hire in the USA 2015?
From 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart of the UK driving license is being abolished and replaced with an online service. There have been concerns over how this will affect UK customers who are renting with us and if they are required to provide the information currently listed on their counterpart driving license via the new online service.

Please note that our operators and locations will not be requiring renters to show their counterpart information or provide a code to access the information online.

As per our current Terms & Conditions we only require a full valid license from the renter’s country of origin. As from the 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart will no longer be part of a full UK license we do not require anything further from customers other than to present their valid photo card (or paper if applicable) license.

http://www.tripwheels.com/blog/driving-licences-for-car-hire-in-the-usa/

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In the USA car rentals are supplied with either 'Winter tyres' or 'All Weather tyres' as appropriate, which are suitable for normal roads in winter. However, there are many mountain roads which require you to carry snow-chains in the car when signs are posted to that effect. Unfortunately, the car rental companies will not permit snow-chains to be fitted to their cars, therefore they will not supply snow-chains.
Ski racks are available to hire at locations where travel to ski resorts is anticipated during the winter season. There is an additional charge for ski racks of $7 - $12 per day, plus local taxes.

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Feeling cold?
Beat the winter blues with some Florida Sunshine. Book your car hire online at www.tripwheels.com, or reserve now and pay 6 weeks before travel.
No deposit necessary. Just drop us an email at reservations@tripwheels.com ‪
#‎LoveFL‬ #UScarhire #TripWheels
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What is Included with our Fully Inclusive Rental Vouchers?
Our packages are designed to be 'walk away" for international tourists travelling to the USA.

Included within your voucher package is:
 *Collision Damage Waiver
 *Additional Liability Insurance
 *Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Protection
 *Unlimited Mileage
 *Fire/Theft/Vandalism
 *Customer Facility Charges 
 *Homeland Security Fees
 *Local, State & Airport Taxes
 *Road Fees

A full breakdown of the inclusions can be found here: http://goo.gl/iLdnCB 

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USA Car Hire : Booking and Prepaid Rental Vouchers

To book your vehicle, enter your required collection and drop off dates, locations and times carefully into the search box, if you are aged under 25 we do need to have your age group.  

If you fail to get any cars showing as available you may need to change the hours of your search - particularly for downtown locations which usually have reduced hours. Airport locations on the whole have longer hours so if you do not get any results double check the info you entered.

Insurance Packages

Once you have selected your vehicle, you will need to choose which package best suits your needs, we have 2 Insurance packages, the more expensive Diamond package is different because it offers extra drivers and the first tank of fuel, the insurances included are exactly the same as the standard package.

Please follow the link below for more information

http://www.tripwheels.com/usa-car-hire-vouchers

#carhire   #usaroadtrip   #carrentalUSA  

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Do I need a credit card to hire a car in the USA?
This is a question that we get asked very often and the short answer is yes, you do.

In this article we will examine the general facts associated with the use of credit cards and why debit cards are not so useful when using a pre-paid rental voucher to hire your car. 

Why do I need a credit card anyway?

When you collect your car from the rental desk with your pre-paid rental voucher you will be asked for  your credit card.  This is for the rental company’s security.  This card will be used to charge you for any local costs and incidentals that you incur such as car seats, upgrades, one-way fees and e-tolls.  

This card will also be used to charge you if you are late returning the car (there is usually a 29 minute grace period beyond your booked return time but after that you will be charged), so the final charges for the rental may not be known until the car is returned or even a few days after in the case of e-tolls.  

Rental companies prefer to use credit cards because that way they are guaranteed to get all of the costs that have been incurred.  Traditionally debit cards only had access to funds available in the bank, so debit cards were not acceptable for this purpose. Likewise, pre-paid currency cards only have access to the funds loaded on the card, so although they may be backed by the VISA or MasterCard logos they are not accepted for this purpose either.

What about VISA and MasterCard debit cards?

Debit cards that are backed by the VISA or MasterCard logo work slightly differently, and some rental companies may accept these cards for the security deposit.  For instance, we know that Alamo and National will accept these major debit cards at Orlando and Sanford airports in Florida.

We are also aware that Alamo and National will often accept them at other locations as well, but we cannot guarantee this so rentals expecting to use a debit card for security at other locations are at your risk.  You may also be asked for proof of a round-trip air ticket. This is because the likelihood of you stealing the car is reduced if you are expecting to fly out of the USA.

I don’t have a credit card but someone travelling with me does – will that be ok?

The lead driver is required to hold a credit card in their name, issued by their country of residence, just like their driving licence and passport. It is all part of proving that you are who you say you are, and that you are a minimal risk to the rental company.  

The lead driver does not have to be the main driver, or in fact do any driving at all, but they do need a valid driving licence – so if there is another person in whose name the rental could be made that fulfils all of the lead driver qualifications, you could book the car in their name instead and then the drivers without credit cards can be additional drivers.

How much is the security deposit going to be?

The security hold is done by ring fencing a certain amount of funds with your card company rather than making an actual charge to your card.
The hold reduces your available balance by the relevant amount, but because it is a hold, there are no currency fees attached unless the rental actually incurs a charge such as those mentioned above.  The hold is removed at the end of the rental and your available balance will return to normal within a day or two.

The amount of the hold can vary very widely by company, by the category of car taken, and the duration of your rental but we provide the following list as a rough guide:

Alamo/National – no hold, just a check that it is a valid card

Budget – $400 USD
Dollar/Thrifty – $350 USD
Fox – $300 USD
Sixt – 3 times the rental value

Do I have to use the same card that I used to book the car?

No, you can use a debit, credit or American Express card to pay for your pre-paid rental voucher at TripWheels – and the card does not need to be in the name of the lead driver when booking. So anyone in the party or even not in the party can book and pay for the car. It is only when collecting the car that the card in the name of the lead driver is required.

In conclusion, to have your best chance of a smooth and quick experience at the rental desk, we recommend that if you do not currently have a credit card, you obtain one with a limit that will easily cover the security deposit as outlined above.  If you have any questions about credit cards or are travelling in a short space of time with no time to obtain one, then please do get in touch to explore what options may be available to you.

http://www.tripwheels.com/blog/credit-or-debit-cards-for-hire-cars-in-the-usa/

#carhire   #usatravel   #carrentals   #roadtripUSA  

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Opening hours and locations in some of our more popular cities

Downtown car hire depots have reduced opening hours when compared to the  busier airport locations. Our most popular cities and state for US car hire have their own page. On this page we have published a compilation of our next most popular cities so you can browse for a location that will be both convenient and open!

#tripwheels   #carrentals   #usa  

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USA Car Hire from the UK
Premium Cars and Upgrade Offers

Our Premium Range of Cars
Enjoy a little extra for your holiday with our Premium range of cars, from Muscle, to Hybrid, to Luxury vehicles. Available upon request only, in just a few locations in Florida and California, these cars can really make your holiday special.  

The Dodge Challenger is a classic 'All American' muscle car and with a weekly rate from £490, an affordable way to 'live the dream'!

If hybrid cars are more your interest, we can arrange for the hire of a Toyota Prius, with a weekly range from £220, this is an economic approach to satisfying the conscience. 

For a true touch of luxury, and a rental you will never forget, try the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln MKX...  

All of these vehicles have limited availability and must be requested, so please give us a call on 01428 741438 or email  for a rate.

http://www.tripwheels.com/us-car-hire-upgrades

#carhire   #carrentals   #usa   #roadtrip  

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What are the requirements for driving licences for car hire in the USA?
I thought it was worthwhile re-sharing this as it is still very topical and is a popular question.

From 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart of the UK driving license is being abolished and replaced with an online service. There have been concerns over how this will affect UK customers who are renting with us and if they are required to provide the information currently listed on their counterpart driving license via the new online service.

Please note that our operators and locations will not be requiring renters to show their counterpart information or provide a code to access the information online. As per our current Terms & Conditions we only require a full valid license from the renter’s country of origin.

As from the 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart will no longer be part of a full UK license we do not require anything further from customers other than to present their valid photo card (or paper if applicable) license.

We have liaised with our Operations departments in the US and Canada and they are fully aware of the development and will no longer require renters to present their paper counterpart.

They also will not require renters to provide an “access code” to the online DVLA website as reported in the press.

So, in summary, from 8th June UK licence-holders renting with Dollar and Thrifty in the USA and Canada will be required to present their valid photo card UK licence only.
This also applies to additional authorised drivers.

For more info please visit
http://www.tripwheels.com/blog/driving-licences-for-car-hire-in-the-usa/

#carhire   #drivingusa   #carrentals   #usaholidays   #roadtripusa  
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