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AutoSlash Encounters an Unpublished Rule on a Nevada-to-California Rental

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If you read our blog, you know we're fans of the programs where we can reserve a car that meets minimum characteristics (such as mid-size or full-size) and then select any car available among a selection made available for members. Our team members rent a lot from Hertz and National due to these factors (Avis' selection tends to be underwhelming or non-existent) but we had never encountered an example where a vehicle in the allotted area was off-limits, theoretically due to a law. We have encountered a situation where a National Executive Aisle car wasn't available because National "gave" part of the Emerald Aisle to Enterprise for "convenience", but never have been presented with the idea that there's some form of legal restriction. I had selected my desired car from the Executive Aisle  -- the 305 HP 2018 Chevrolet Impala V6 Premier, the almost-official car of the AutoSlash team -- and got to the security gate. And the representative made me turn around to pick up a different car.

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Renting a Vehicle in Europe? Those Open Borders Aren't So Open

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Western Europe is more geographically dense than the United States and one of our favorite parts of traveling there is the ability to quickly and freely travel from one country to another. However, the close proximity to other nations means that a renter has to be acutely aware of the geographic restrictions that are placed on a rental car. While the U.S. is almost three times larger than Western Europe, we tend to have much more liberty when driving a rental car in the United States. Some companies (namely Sixt) have strict geographic restrictions but otherwise, the rental car companies tend to allow free reign as to where we can drive within the U.S. And while crossing over to Mexico is a challenge, Canada is normally allowed with minimal restrictions. Those restrictions are all listed in the Rules of the Reservation, and European rentals often have more rules than a U.S. rental. So what are the aspects we recommend reviewing when seeking to cross European borders in a rental car?

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New Jersey Community Decides to Restrict Visitors (and Renters) from their Roadways

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In our blog, we frequently bring up areas of concern for rental car consumers, such as Zona Traffico Limitado (ZTL) areas in Italy, where drivers with permits (residents and local employees) can drive but others cannot. We also talk about tools we like when in rental cars, such as Waze helping us redirect around major traffic jams. Well, a community in New Jersey has become tired of commuters driving through their town (redirected by apps), so the concept of ZTL is coming to the United States! And they've made it a fineable offense, which is exceptionally punitive for visitors and rental car users!

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Personal Accident Insurance (PAI): Expensive but Limited Coverage that Doesn't Help Much in an Accident

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The rental car industry is proficient in creating insurance coverage options few renters should purchase but with some sense of importance in the title. One of those options is Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) which is often paired with the Personal Effects Coverage (PEC) we've addressed previously. At the most basic level, Personal Accident Insurance covers the occupants of the rental car in case of vehicular accidents, whether those result in injury or fatality. Like other forms of insurance offered by the rental car companies, it's expensive, the terms and conditions limit the actual coverage, and it's primarily just a profit center for the rental car company. Most renters discover that the insurance offering also happens to be entirely duplicative of coverage held elsewhere!

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Millennial at "Automotive News" Spreads "Fake News" about Rental Cars

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Have you ever seen the brilliant Internet XKCD meme of "Someone is Wrong on the Internet"? A recent post at Automotive News spread misinformation to millennials, to the point that AutoSlash needed to step in and say "no". Every day of the year -- even major holidays -- we help users avoid unnecessary fees and explain how rental car companies classify cars. So a millennial incorrectly telling his peers that under 25 year old drivers have mandatory fees and that rental car companies have misleading car classifications needs to be rebutted! If a renter under 25 truly needs a rental car, there shouldn't be any fear or misconceptions. So what are the particularly egregious items from Automotive News? There are three major items for a young renter to note!

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