Visitors from the UK do not normally need to produce an International Driving Permit but anyone not holding a US drivers licence will have to pay for a local Driving Permit which typically costs between $20 and $35 or thereabouts. Speak to your car hire company about where is the best place to get one.
Cars are usually supplied with a full tank of fuel and you should return it in the same state or additional charges will apply.
As most car hire is geared towards the American market, it's hard to avoid automatic gearboxes and you may have to pay more if you must have a manual transmission.
Insurances may or may not be included with your car hire depending on the company or broker you hire through. Collision damage waivers can be bought locally for around $20 to $35 per day (or much cheaper through our comparison service).
Even when included, third party cover can be the minimum legally required which is $10,000 for bodily injury per person up to a maximum of $25,000 for all injury/death per accident and $10,000 for property damage. A serious accident could therefore leave you exposed to significant liability. Additional cover may be available to purchase locally or you can arrange it before you go through the MoneyMaxim car hire insurance comparison service.
As Supplementary Liability Insurance is usually available as an additional feature of Collision Damage Waiver policies, you could then hire the car without paying for those locally too.
This content was last reviewed on 04/10/2021