Not every rental car is allowed to go abroad!
Almost everyone books their (holiday) rental car on the Internet. Experience has shown that it is almost never pointed out that mostly high-quality cars are not allowed to enter certain countries! At least with the big German rental companies like Sixt, Europcar, Avis and Hertz. For example, the rental car giant Sixt is not allowed to enter countries such as Croatia, Poland or the Czech Republic from premium brands Audi, Mercedes Benz, VW etc. Although this “entry ban” on the part of the car rental company may seem sensible, very few renters are informed about it. For some time now, the quote below from the Sixt rental conditions can also be found in printed form on every rental contract (at the bottom). But if you are in a hurry, this is quickly overlooked and then it can get expensive: Although the landlord will not allow you to travel abroad, according to the landlord’s terms and conditions, insurance in the corresponding countries usually loses its validity!
Therefore: trips abroad be sure to specify when booking and always read the rental agreement completely and carefully!
Excerpt from the Sixt rental conditions:
“International travel is permitted to the following countries, including the islands:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Vatican City.
Entry into the following countries is permitted, but not with Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, Porsche and Jaguar vehicles, as well as all jeeps and off-roaders:
Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary.
All vehicles of the groups IVMR, SVMR, FVMR (including Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Mercedes-Benz Viano) as well as vans and trucks may be driven into the latter countries.
If the conditions for trips abroad are violated, all insurances will lose their validity.
Incidentally, these “rules” for foreign use are similar for all major rental companies, but Europcar leaves Audi and VW, for example, with insurance cover at least in the Czech Republic and Poland. We therefore explicitly recommend comparing and searching for a rental car via a Comparison portal, since here you can search specifically for holiday rental cars for trips abroad.
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