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USA Car Hire Information

 

When you book a holiday to Florida with Airtours, we’ll include a hire car for you to make it easier for you and your family to get out and about.  

Having your own car opens up loads of opportunities for adventure, like driving the great American highways with the wind in your hair and shopping for bargains in the out-of-town outlet malls. With your own car, you’ll be able to discover even more of the amazing sunshine state.

We only include basic third party insurance cover with your hire car, so we strongly recommend that you take out full insurance to cover any potential damage that may happen to the car.

Give us a call on 01733 224 901 before you go, and we’ll be able to help you out with upgrading your  insurance.

 

 

Tips when driving in Florida & Las Vegas

Having a car means you can do what you want, when you want. In America, even if you’re not planning on venturing too far from the main resort, a car is still useful for the odd occasion where you fancy doing something a bit different. Driving around Orlando is pretty simple as the roads are nice and straight and attractions are signposted really well. 

Here are a few extra tips to help you when you’re driving:

  • Don’t forget, you need to drive on the right!

  • Carry your driving licence with you whenever you’re driving in case you get stopped.

  • You won’t find any roundabouts (hooray) but there are plenty of traffic lights at junctions. Unless there are signs to say you can’t, you’re allowed to turn right at a red light (after you’ve stopped to make sure there’s nothing coming from your left). If the red light is flashing, you can still turn right,  but with caution.

  • You can overtake, or be overtaken on the inside AND the outside, so make sure you check your mirrors constantly! Never overtake a yellow school bus if it’s stopped and its red lights are flashing.

  • The speed limit is generally lower than the UK (between 20-40 mph in cities and usually between 55-70 mph on rural highways). These limits are strictly monitored by the local police, so beware!

  • Seat belts are compulsory in the front seats. Children up to the age of 6 must be strapped into an approved car seat.

  • There is zero tolerance to drink driving so you should avoid it all costs. If you need to carry alcohol, make sure it is in the boot of the car.

  • Some of the major attractions have large car parks. Remember to write down the exact location of your car, to save you wandering for hours trying to find it at the end of a fun day. Most rental cars look alike after a long day of sightseeing!

  • The driving times you’ll see are based on the average times it takes to get between the two locations. Give yourself extra time if you’re going during busy peak periods.

 

Important Information on Insurance

Although your hire car agreement includes Third Party Liability coverage to the state minimum (which can be as low as $20,000 in Florida), it is vital you have adequate cover to protect yourself against severe financial risk in the event of total loss of the vehicle, damage or accidents with a third party, especially as some US drivers carry little or no insurance.

It is compulsary that you upgrade your car rental coverage. Your upgrade options are twofold: pre-book one of our two inclusive package options (Fully Inclusive or Gold) or purchase cover in resort direct from Alamo.

Pre-booking your insurance also allows you to budget well in advance, and gives you valuable peace of mind knowing that you won’t be met with numerous extra charges when you arrive. In addition it will also save you time in resort.

Take a look at this example to see what’s not included in our pre-booked package based on a 4-door Economy car for 14 nights:

  • State Environment Surcharge ($2.05 per day) $28.70

  • Airport handling fee and 10% on options purchased $49.00

  • Airport operating fee and 10% on options purchased $63.36

  • State Sales Tax (6-7%) $9.62

  • LP – Liability protection ($12.44 per day) $174.16

  • CDW – Collision Damage Waiver ($20.99 per day) $293.86

 

Florida Upgrade Fees

We offer a number of car upgrades to suit your party as shown in the table below.

Allocated Car

Upgrade Car

Upgrade supp. per day from

EconomyCompact£3
Intermediate£6
Full size£9
Convertible£28
CompactIntermediate£3
Full Size£6
7 Seat Mini Van£25
Convertible£25
IntermediateFull Size£3
7 Seat Mini Van£22
Convertible£22

Please Note: If you're travelling in a group of 7 or more, please speak to your travel advisor or call 01733 224 901.

 

Insurance Upgrades

Car Type

Fully Inclusive

(Prices per car per day)

Gold

(Prices per car per day)

Economy Cars£17£19
Compact Cars£17£22
Intermediate Cars£16£20
Full Size Cars£16£20
Mini Van£5£10

Prices are a guide based on 2016 departures and will be confirmed on enquiry. 

 

Car Hire Allocation

Number of People

Allocated Car(s)

 Up to 2 People 1 x Economy
 3 People 1 x Compact
 4 People 1 x Intermediate
 5 People 1 x Full Size
 6 People 2 x Compact
 7 People 2 x Intermediate
 8 People 2 x Intermediate
 9 People 2 x Full Size
 10 People 2 x Full Size

What's Included?

  • An automatic, air-conditioned vehicle with an AM/FM radio, power brakes, power steering and automatic transmission. (Thomas Cook reserves the right to substitute alternative makes of car)

  • A vehicle with no rental car markings for enhanced safety

  • Unlimited mileage within the USA. No fees are charged for driving out of state. 

  • Area map and driving booklet

  • Third party liability coverage to the state minimum

 

and whats not...

  • State environment surcharge ($2.05 per car per day)

  • Airport Handling Fee and Airport Operating Fee ($6.00 per car per day). The Airport Operating Fee also requires payment of an additional 10% on all options purchased

  • Vehicle Licence fee of 3.5% and Rental Tax of 6% applicable to West Coast USA.

  • State Sales Tax of 6-7% on other taxable items of rental (excluding LDW).

  • Liability Protection (LP) – All Inclusive rates provides the renter and authorised drivers with a combined single limit of $1,000,000 for third party claims that may be made by others against the renter and authorised drivers for bodily injury, death and/or property damage arising out of the use or operation of the Alamo rental vehicle and subject to the limitations set forth in the applicable Alamo then standard rental contract and in the insurance policy which provides coverage. Also included in LP is Uninsured Motorised/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) protection with a combined single limit of $100,000. UM/UIM provides benefits to the renter and any family member related by blood, marriage or adoption, who, while physically occupying Alamo’s rental vehicle when it is being driven by the renter or an authorized driver, suffers bodily injury or death caused by negligent uninsured motorist, negligent underinsured motorists or a negligent hit-and-run driver.

  • Optional CDW – Collision damage waiver (from $20.99 per day). This covers all rental vehicle damage, regardless of fault. 

NB: without CDW cover, Alamo will require you to produce a credit card with at least $1,500 available credit. Thomas Cook strongly recommends pre-purchasing one of its fully inclusive packages or taking this

  • Fuel – Cars will be provided with a full tank of fuel. You must return the car with a full tank of fuel. Any missing fuel will be charged at a rate higher than the local garages to your credit card. 

Alternatively Alamo can offer you the option to pre-purchase a tank of fuel when you arrive. You can then return the car empty, with no refunds given for any unused fuel.

Gold Package - If you have upgraded to our Gold Package this includes a full tank of fuel (excluding Manhattan locations) and no charge for this will be made. You can return the car empty - no refunds given for any unused fuel.

  • ​Additional driver charge (from $10 per driver per day plus taxes and fees). Not applicable to California USA

  • Under 25 years of age driver surcharge for drivers aged 21 to 24 inclusive (from $25 per driver per day)

  • Child seats – a legal requirement for under 5’s (from $6.99 per day with a maximum charge of $70)

  • Toll charges (best keep loose change handy)

  • Parking, hotel car parking charges and traffic fines

     

 

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