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Questions regarding Car Rental + Insurance + Trip

Travel Forums North America Questions regarding Car Rental + Insurance + Trip

1. Posted by Nick_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

I'm currently tripping in the USA as i type. Planning as i go. I'm 27, English and have my driving licence and a IDP too. I'm also solo.

When i'm finished in Vancouver i'd like to rent a car further south in say Sacramento?
This is the route i plan i doing. It's mainly national parks as i've been on the East, South & West already,
The route will start on 28th September and finish 22nd October. Then i will fly/ Amtrak to Chicago to go home on 26th.

Google map link.

The insurance is the confusing bit. I'm not sure where to get it from, will it be included on the website options further on? (enterprise, avis, etc)

Shall i buy a GPS from Best Buy as $10 a day for a GPS from a company is going to be expensive?

Any better location than Sacramento?

is sleeping on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere okay? Legal/ safe.

Motel prices on average? They generally ok to show up and get a single room?

Where can i get my clothes washed on route? Will these motels likely have facilities. Hand washing is fine, just drying can be difficult.

Are there Wifi spots/motels likely on these route?

Any other pointers?

Thanks!

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 3y

Nick,
I am sending my thoughts in a PM.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 3y

Before you pay for extra excess insurance coverage with the car rental companies - check your travel insurance policy. Part of their coverage is often to cover the excess on car rentals. Just check that the amount your travel insurance covers is at least as much as the excess on the car (without car rental insurance).

You could just end up double-insuring yourself if you get sucked into buying the rental company's insurance!

We recently did a driving holiday in Australia and I bought travel insurance just to cover the excess on the car rental. It was about a third of the price of what Europcar would have charged. Didn't really need the travel insurance for much else since we were travelling in our own country anyway.

As for GPS - I've used the Waze app in parts of the US and found it quite a reliable option. Saved having to rent/buy one. You need to have a SIM card with some data though.