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Car Rentals in Europe – What You Must Know to Save Money


Car Rentals in Europe – What You Must Know to Save Money

man standing next to car rental in europe

There are so many ways of renting a car today, and going on all these different sites is perfect to find the best deals around. That’s the fun thing, we’ve been traveling a lot, and everywhere we go we end up renting a car. It’s pretty simple to rent a car anywhere. Actually, we even rent a Tesla Model X in The United States, Mexico, and many other countries so here’s the thing, in Europe, it can be tricky. That’s why today we’re going to be talking about car rentals in Europe.

Right now, my husband had a pretty serious accident where he broke his foot. He can’t use his left foot, so we cannot use a manual transmission or public transportation. He’s totally incapable of driving manually because his left foot becomes tired using the clutch. So we do have to use an automatic.

Car Rentals in Europe


When we went to Mexico, when I was looking for a manual transmission versus an automatic, the price was relatively the same. It didn’t matter the size of the car, nothing. However, in Europe, what I realized was that 90% of the cars that you are able to rent are all manual transmissions. So because we need the automatic for my husband to get around, it really limited our options. I’m talking like 90% of the car options were gone.

No Automatic Cars

And we’re in Europe, it’s just me and him. We needed something small, and there isn’t anything with an automatic. We literally had to get this huge Jeep SUV, which was a cool car. It was fun, but totally unnecessary for two people. And it was literally double the price.

Prices of Car Rentals in Europe

Something that costs $300 for a week. Now we’re paying almost $600 for the week simply because of the automatic necessity. So if you guys do not need to have an automatic car, and I know that a lot of people, especially in the US. And I am not being stereotypical, this is the norm, but a lot of US people are pretty much used to automatic cars.


If you do know how to use a manual transmission, I highly recommend just going for that one because it will save you, first, so much money in the actual car.

Secondly, the gas, because we have this huge, enormous Jeep, we now have to get double the petrol. Because it’s a huge car. So there are all these extra things that you should understand, and it’s pretty much mainly in Europe, because all other parts of the world, automatic and manual, they’re basically the same price, and you don’t really have to worry about that so much. Another thing to have in mind is what happens if your rental car is stolen. I have a full blog post about it, make sure you check it out.

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