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    Car Rental in the United States

    Car Rental in the United States with Auto Europe

    Enjoy a USA car hire when you compare and book online with Auto Europe. Let Auto Europe take care of your United States car hire needs. We compare prices of major car rental suppliers to find you the cheapest prices. Book within minutes using our secure online booking system today.

    Country Essentials

    In the United States traffic travels on the right-hand side of the road while the steering wheel is on the left side of the car. Speed limits do vary between states, however the speed limit ranges from 50km per hour in the city to 135km per hour on major freeways. This does change per state so please be sure to look for the signs indicating the speed limit in each state. Parking metres can be found in major cities across the United States. Parking garages are available in most major cities and counties.

    Standard Inclusions

    In the United States, Auto Europe's rates include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection with a nil excess amount. The CDW and Theft Protection reduce the liability and excess of the driver to a capped amount. Fire insurance is also included in the price of your car rental. Auto Europe offers the option to purchase Excess Refund Insurance when you make your booking. If any damage occurs to your rental vehicle during the time it is in your possession, you can be refunded up to $5,000 on your return to New Zealand.

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    Driving in the United States

    The vast lands of the United States make hiring a car the perfect option for taking advantage of the extensive road networks that criss-cross the fifty states. There is more to the USA than Disney Land, Burger Joints, New York Yellow Cabs and Texan Cowboys. The best way to travel is by car while you are in the United States, take your time to experience the incredible scenery in the great National Parks of America and make a drive through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.

    Enjoy Chowder and Cable Cars in San Francisco or mingle with the celebrities in Los Angeles. Have a go on the Roulette table in Las Vegas or Hire a car in Colorado and hit the slopes in Aspen, Telluride or Steamboat Springs. Visit Texas to spend time in the home of the Dallas Cowboys or climb Willis Tower in the windy city Chicago.

    Make sure to book a car with enough room for your golf clubs, so you can try your luck at Tiger Woods' home course, Isleworth, in Florida. You could also plan to visit Washington, DC to see famous monuments and museums, and then drive into the leafy suburbs of Arlington or Chevy Chase for an intimate dinner. Relax in Central Park, New York and enjoy a free concert in Summer.

    Licence Requirements

    You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car in the United States, although the age may vary by car category. Young drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver's surcharge. Drivers must have held their full license for a minimum of 1 year.

    Tolls and Freeways

    Toll expressways are located at different locations all over the US. The cost of these usually range from USD1 – USD9 depending on the time of day or car category. The United States uses HOT (High Occupancy Toll Lane) lanes and Toll express lanes. Certain conditions apply when entering this lane, mostly being a toll. You can recognize these lanes by the indication signs on the road. Some rental car suppliers offer prepaid toll options, ask about this when you pick up your rental car. You can also choose to pay toll by cash or digital pre-paid service.

    Border Crossings

    There are generally no restrictions on travel between states within the United States. Domestic one-way rentals are available between select locations and additional fees and minimum rental durations may apply. Not all vehicles are permitted on one-ways. Travel to Canada is generally permitted however this must be pre-approved with the supplier and additional insurance fees may apply. Travel into Mexico is permitted with some suppliers; however additional fees and restrictions apply. Travel is generally only permitted up to the Free Trade Zone. Travel to Alaska is generally permitted on paved roads with certain suppliers but will need to be noted at the time of booking. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.

    Useful Distances

    • New York to Los Angeles (4500km approx.40hr)
    • Seattle to Los Angeles (1800km approx.17hr)
    • Houston to Chicago (1740km approx.16hr)
    • Miami to Las Vegas (4000km approx.37hr)
    • Chicago to Los Angeles (3250km approx.30hr)
    • Los Angeles to Las Vegas (440km approx.4hr)
    • San Francisco to Portland (1000km approx.10hr )

    Car Rental in the United States with Auto Europe

    Book your car rental in the USA with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top USA Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in the United States. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Los Angeles Los Angeles Car Hire San Francisco San Francisco Car Hire Las Vegas Las Vegas Car Hire Honolulu Honolulu Car Hire Maui Maui
    Car Hire Anaheim Anaheim Car Hire Orlando Orlando
    Car Hire New York New York Car Hire Seattle Seattle Car Hire Chicago Chicago

    USA Driving Inspiration

    To make your self-drive adventure in the USA that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's USA Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest in events and itineraries check out our blog.

    USA Driving Guide       USA on the Blog                                                      

    USA DRIVING DISTANCES

    • New York to Los Angeles(4500km approx.40hr)
    • Seattle to Los Angeles (1800km approx.17hr)
    • Houston to Chicago (1740km approx.16hr)
    • Miami to Las Vegas (4000km approx.37hr)
    • Chicago to Los Angeles (3250km approx.30hr)
    • Los Angeles to Las Vegas (440km approx.4hr)
    • San Francisco to Portland (1000km approx.10hr )

    USA DRIVING RULES

    Driver's Licence Requirements

    A full valid drivers licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An  International Driving Permit is recommended but not mandatory for New Zealander drivers licence holders. An international drivers permit holds more authority when used with your home licence.

    Age Restrictions

    Generally, the minimum age is 21 years but can vary from different car hire companies and vehicle makes. A young driver surcharge (YDS) will apply, generally for drivers between the ages of 21 - 25. Maximum age limits generally do not apply, however, please check the terms and conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    General Driving Rules, Laws & Regulations

    • Vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road.
    • Pass others on the left-hand side of the road.
    • All occupants of a vehicle must wear a seatbelt.
    • A right turn is permitted at red traffic lights, but only after stopping, unless signed otherwise.
    • Mobile Phones are not permitted while driving, with the exception of a hands-free system.
    • Always use indicator lights when turning.
    • Radar detectors are illegal in some states.
    • All vehicles must give way to emergency services vehicles.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

    Equipment

    Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle; it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.

    Child Safety Seats

    Child Safety Seat rules and regulations in the USA varies from state to state. Any children under 6 years of age should be seated in an appropriate child restraint however, the maximum age may differ depending on the state laws. In most states, children under the age of 16 must be wearing a seat belt and only be seated in the back seats. More information can be provided at the time of booking or when making an enquiry.

    Speed LimitsUSA Speed Sign

    Speed is measured and displayed in miles per hour (mph) and in most states, the maximum speed limit allowed is either 65-70mph (110km/h) mainly used on motorways. Speed limits will vary depending on the state, so always keep an eye out for road signage. Throughout the USA radars are used by authorities to enforce speed limits and because of the different laws and regulations in each state, penalties for any traffic violation will vary. In most cases, a fine will be given which can be quite hefty.

    Drink Driving

    As you may know, laws and regulations vary from state to state, but in most states the allowable alcohol limit while driving stays relatively the same at 0.08mg/ per 100ml of blood. However, in some states such as Colorado have a limit of 0.05mg/ per 100ml of blood. To avoid any confusion, don't drink and drive!

    Tolls

    There are a number of roads and bridges in the USA where a toll is payable. The majority of toll roads in the USA have now implemented electronic toll collection points, where an RFID tag is affixed on the front windscreen and when passing a toll gate an RF tag reader picks up the tag information from above (approx 5 metres away) and debits the tag holders account for the toll. Cash payment is still an option at some, however, if a rental car passes the toll gates and fail to pay, the hirer will receive a toll notice/invoice from the supplier.

    Road SignsUSA Yield Sign

    In the United States, road signs are standardized by federal regulations and are similar to signs in New Zealand.

    • Regulatory signs give specific instructions to road users, such as stop, yield (give way), speed limits and no parking signs. Regulatory signs are often red.
    • Warning signs including tight turns, crossroads, merging traffic are usually in a diamond shape and are yellow.
    • Roadwork signs are usually orange and guide signs are usually green.
    • Motorist services and recreation signs (rest stops, picnic area etc) are blue or brown. These can vary per state so pay attention when crossing state borders.

    Parking

    Parking laws and regulations will vary from state to state, so be sure to check signage before leaving your vehicle for any restrictions and instructions. Most on-street parking in major cities and towns operate using the pay-n-display system, where a parking ticket is purchased from a machine near-by and placed on the front windscreen.

    Visa Information

    Visa, passport and entry requirements for New Zealanders visiting the United States of America:
    New Zealand citizens holding an New Zealand passport can travel to the United States visa-free on the Visa Waiver Program if the following requirements below are met by the individual;

    1. Must be travelling on an unexpired machine-readable passport. An e-Passport must be used for all passports renewed/extended after October 26, 2006. Must also have at least 6 months validity.
    2. Must be travelling for business or pleasure only (not Government business).
    3. Must be staying in the US for 90 days or less
    4. Must hold a return/onward travel ticket/itinerary.

    All travellers under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). You will not be allowed to board a flight without holding a valid ESTA.

    Contact the Embassy or Consulate of the United States of America in your local state for additional information regarding visas and/or entry requirements.

    Winter Driving

    There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tires or snow chains and most vehicles are fitted with all-season tyres. Driving in winter conditions may be hazardous for the unprepared driver, drivers might want to consider driving in situations where they do not feel confident.

    Tolls and Freeways

    Toll expressways are located at different locations all over the US. The cost of these are usually a few dollars but it can vary depending on the time of day or car category.

    The US uses HOT lanes and Toll express lanes. Certain conditions apply when entering this lane, mostly being a toll. You can recognize these lanes by the indication signs on the road. Some rental car suppliers offer prepaid toll options, ask about this when you pick up your rental car. You can also choose to pay a toll by cash or digital pre-paid service.

    Border Crossings

    Cars can be driven through any state in the United States. Domestic one-way rentals are available between select locations and additional fees and minimum rental durations may apply. Not all vehicles are permitted on one-ways.

    Most suppliers will allow travel to Canada but this must be pre-approved with the supplier and fees may apply. Some suppliers will allow travel to Mexico from certain locations but this must also be pre-approved and drivers may incur and surcharge. Travel to Alaska is generally permitted on paved roads with certain suppliers but will need to be noted at the time of booking. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.

    Top USA Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in the United States. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Los Angeles Los Angeles Car Hire San Francisco San Francisco Car Hire Las Vegas Las Vegas Car Hire Honolulu Honolulu Car Hire Maui Maui
    Car Hire Anaheim Anaheim Car Hire Orlando Orlando
    Car Hire New York New York Car Hire Seattle Seattle Car Hire Chicago Chicago
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