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Italy - Car Rental


Some expats in Italy prefer driving their own vehicles instead of relying on public transport to get from one place to another. Those who do not want to import or purchase a car can choose to rent one locally. Hiring a car is generally preferred by expats who need transport for a shorter period of time like no more than a couple of days or weeks. However, there are a few things to take into consideration before deciding to rent a car in this country. While cruising around the countryside is a pleasurable experience for most, city-driving can be quite the opposite. Moreover, getting a car on rent in this country is a bit more difficult as compared to the US or UK.

Age is one of the main criteria for renting a car in Italy. The minimum age for hiring a car is 18 years and it increases depending upon the category of the vehicle. There is a “young driver’s surcharge” for those who are below 25. This means that customers between the ages of 18 and 24 are charged a higher rate as compared to those who are 25 and over. Expats over the age of 75 sometimes find it difficult to rent a car in this country.

A person should also have had a valid driving license (preferably an EU or International Driving License) for at least a year to be able to rent a car. Car rental contracts usually allow just one person to drive the car. Additional drivers can be added to the agreement at (sometimes an extra charge) but only if they meet the criteria.

The documents required by car rental companies include a valid passport or identity card, driving license and credit card. Almost all the bigger establishments accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. However, it is a good idea to check which cards are accepted beforehand. In rare instances, cash and check payments may be accepted.

Statistics show that car rental in Italy is more expensive as compared to the US, UK and most of the other European countries. On average, the price for renting a small car is around €35.00 per day. A mid-size / family car could cost anywhere between €95.00 and €145.00 per day. Renting a luxury sports car is much more expensive at around €175.00 per day. People pay as much as €510.00 each day for hiring an SUV. The per-day cost of renting a vehicle varies, depending upon its type, condition and model. Automatic cars cost about 50% more than manual ones. Many companies in Italy also offer a better deal if the rental duration is longer. Very often, expats who need a car for a longer period of time (between 17 and 165 days) prefer to look for short-term leases instead. These turn out much cheaper than renting a car.

The basic rental rates include unlimited mileage, VAT and an insurance cover, which is mandatory in Italy. Additional fees for theft protection, child-safety seats, GPS, extra drivers, pick-ups/ drop-offs and other add-ons increase the rents significantly. In addition to the car rental, drivers are expected to bear fuel, toll and parking costs.

There are several car rental establishments in Italy, the most popular ones being Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt and Thrifty. Every single international airport across the country has numerous car rental outlets, each offering deals for expats, depending upon the period they require the car for, as well as the category of the vehicle. Given below are the contact details for a few car rental agencies located at some of the major airports:

Hertz
URL: http://www.hertz.it
Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport, Rome 40
Tel: +39 06 7934 0616; Fax: +39 06 7934 1693
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome 54
Tel: +39 06 6501 1553; Fax: +39 06 652 9119
Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence 50145
Tel: +39 055 307370; Fax: +39 055 317543
Linate Airport, Milan 20090
Tel: +39 02 7020 0256; Fax: +39 02 738 8465
Malpensa Airport, Milan 21010
Tel: +39 02 5858 1081; Fax: +39 02 5858 0210
Capodichino Airport, Naples 80141
Tel: +39 081 231 1200; Fax: +39 081 231 1369
Marco Polo Airport, Venice 30010
Tel: +39 041 541 6075; Fax: +39 041 541 5347

Europcar
URL: http://www.europcar.it
Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport, Rome 40
Tel: +39 06 7934 0387; Fax: +39 06 7934 0544
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome 54 8
Tel: +39 06 6576 121; Fax: +39 06 6595 4557
Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence 50145
Tel: +39 055 318609; Fax: +39 055 342 8368
Linate Airport, Milan 20090
Tel: +39 02 7611 0258; Fax: +39 02 7611 0220
Capodichino Airport, Naples 80141
Tel: +39 081 780 5643; Fax: +39 081 780 4780
Marco Polo Airport, Venice 30010
Tel: +39 041 541 5654; Fax: +39 041 541 5092

Avis
URL: http://www.avisautonologgio.it
Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport, Rome 40
Tel: +39 06 7934 0195
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome 54
Tel: +39 06 6595 7885
Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence 50145
Tel: +39 055 315588
Linate Airport, Milan 20090
Tel: +39 02 715123
Malpensa Airport, Milan 21010
Tel: +39 02 585 8481 / +39 02 585838
Capodichino Airport, Naples 80141
Tel: +39 081 780 5790

Sixt
URL: https://www.sixt.it/
Phone number: +39 199291929
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome 00054
Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport, Rome 00040
Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence 50145
Linate Airport, Milan 20090
Malpensa Airport, Milan 21010
Bologna Airport, Bologna 40132
V. Catullo Airport, Verona 37060

Log on to their websites for contact details of the offices located across the country. Alternately, cars can also be rented in advance, through travel websites or brokers.


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