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The Complete Italy Driving and Rental Guide

Its excellent road conditions and highway network makes Italy an ideal country to discover by car. Here is a brief guide we have prepared to help you ease your trip.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Italy is on the right-hand side of the road and you should overtake from the left. Horns must be used in moderation, and honking is prohibited in built-up areas unless there is an emergency. Dipped headlights must be used on two-lane motorways at all times.

Speed Limit

Speed limits for cars and motorbikes (vehicles with engine size over 150 cc) depend on the types of roads, and are of:


- 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas


- 90 km/h (56 mph) on minor out-of-town roads


- 110 km/h (68 mph) on major out-of-town roads


- 130 km/h (81 mph) on motorways. 


In the event of rain on snow, the limit is lowered to 110 km/h on motorways and 90 km/h on trunk roads.

Traffic Signs

Traffic signs in Italy follow the general European conventions and can be basically sorted into four types: regulatory signs, warning signs, information signs and direction signs.


Regulatory Signs

Italian regulatory signs mostly feature a circular shape, with some exceptions.

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Warning signs 

In Italy, warning signs are in regular triangular shape with red border and white background. 

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Information Signs 

Italian information signs are usually rectangular with blue or brown background.  

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Direction Signs 

Direction signs in Italy feature a rectangular shape with different background colors to indicate the type of road that is being directed to, which is: green for motorways, white for urban roads and blue for the others. 

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*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

All passengers both in front and rear seats are required to wear a seat belt in Italy. Failure to do will result in a fine from €40 to €70.

Booster Seat Laws

Regardless of the weight or age of the children, all children under 150cm must use a UN R44/R129 approved child car seat. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

· Permitted Parking


Parking spots in large cities in Italy can be difficult to find. Try to look for paid parking signs and parking metres to pay and park properly.

Italy Street Parking Sign


White lines on the parking lots mean free parking. In many towns, free parking is allowed in certain time frames and is indicated by a parking sign nearby. You will need to display a parking disc behind the windshield. However, in big cities like Florence, free parking spots are for residents only. In Rome and Milan, such parking lots may be free and open to both residents and tourists as long as you follow the instructions of the parking signs.

Italy Parking White Lines(Image from cinqueterreinsider.com)


Parking in yellow zones is only permitted for taxis, official vehicles or disabled people who have a disabled permit or a European Blue Card.

Italy Parking Yellow Lines (for Disabled only)


Parking places with pink lines or a pink parking sign are used to serve expectant mothers and women with infants for both residents and short-term visitors. Although local police cannot really check whether these parking spots are taken by particular drivers, most Italians still respect the rules and will not take up these spots unless there is an emergency.

Italy Pink Parking Sign



· Paid Parking


In most Italian cities and towns, blue lines indicate paid street parking. Follow the parking signs to pay and park within the permitted time frame. If no dispenser machines can be found near the parking areas, try asking the tobacco shop or news stands nearby.

Italy Parking Blue Lines(Image from arizaisaretleri.com) 


· Forbidden Parking


In Italy, parking signs feature some words telling you when and where to park.


Accompanied Italian wordings -- “Passo Carrabile” means you are not allowed to park at all times.

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Otherwise, certain time frames will be provided together with the “No Parking” and parking signs to indicate prohibited and permitted parking time.

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Parking illegally in Italy will result in a car clamping or towing away as well as a fine.

Fuel Prices

The average price for gasoline price in Italy was 1.57 Euros per litre in January 2018, while diesel was 1.44.

Toll

Tolls are only required when driving on most of the highways. Highways in Italy are marked with the letter A followed by a number in a green octagon.Italy_Traffic_Sign_Motorway_Number_Sign_A


When entering a toll road, you will receive a ticket from a machine with a sign “Bigliette” standing nearby. Keep this ticket carefully when you are on the highway.


When you reach the exit, lanes marked by different colours mean that there are different ways to pay, namely: Telepass, credit card or cash.

Italy Highway Entrance(Image from euractiv.com)


Telepass is an electronic toll device connected to your Italian bank account, allowing you to pass through without stopping and serving very much alike with the Electronic Tolling System you may find in other countries. It most suits the local drivers. 


To pay by credit card, you should provide the ticket you have collected at the entrance and insert it into the auto-collecting machine and then pay with your credit card.


Have a look at this local highway site to calculate the toll fees you may be charged with in Italy.


Note that if you fail to pay the toll in Italy while driving a rented car, the authorities will pass on the infringement information to the car hire company, which will usually add some management fees. However, as not every car hire company can pay your unpaid tolls on your behalf, you are sometimes required to pay for it on your own on the local highway website by entering the notice number. And you are always welcomed to contact QEEQ’ 24/7 customer support team to assist you with this matter.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

In Italy, drink driving will be treated as severe infringement. The BAC for regular drivers is 0.05% (50mg per 100ml). Breaching 50mg and to 80mg per 100ml will result in a fine between €500 and €2,000 as well as a 3 to 6 months' licence suspension. From 80mg to 150mg, the fine will goes up and from €800 to €3,200, with 6 to 12 months’ licence suspension, or even up to 6 months imprisonment in extreme circumstances.

Traffic Fines

Receiving a speeding ticket can be quite often especially for international travellers or short-term visiting drivers. Speed cameras are set up in many places, in big cities as well as small towns, and it is very easy to miss the notice that you have entered into a 50km per hour zone.


Speeding fines in Italy depend on the amount you are over the speed limit, ranging from €41 up for 10km/h to €828 for more than 60km/h. Paying within 5 days after the citation is issued can result in a 30 percent discount.


Note that if you are renting a vehicle in Italy, the unpaid speeding infringement information will be passed onto the car hire company by the authority. In this case, the car hire company will charge you for an additional administrative fee if it is eligible to collect on behalf of the authority.


· The Limited Traffic Zones


Most of the central areas in major Italian cities and towns have Limited Traffic Zones (called Zona Traffico Limitato or ZTL in Italian) for which entrances are usually marked with no vehicle traffic signs and supplementary signs explaining the times of the ban and which categories are excluded. The entrances of the ZTLs are mostly located at crossings, traffic lights or roundabouts and monitored by cameras that register the transiting vehicles.

Italy ZTL Sign(Image from internationalgarage.com)


Use the above sign as an instance. This sign indicates you are not allowed to drive into this area between 7:30 to 19:30 from Monday to Saturday. The crossed hammers on the sign mean these restrictions do not apply on Sunday and holidays. Driving and acting on a safe side is always recommended if you are sure about what exactly the sign indicates.


Fines will be incurred when failing to follow the regulations of the ZTLs and the amount of fine can range from 50 to 150 Euros, varying by city.


To avoid ticketing from the ZTLs, we would recommend the following measures:


- Park your car outside the historical centre of Italian cities and use the public transportation to get there. 


- Get a passing certificate from a grocery store and send your plate number and identification number of the passing certificate to the Provincial Office of Motor Vehicles (Ufficio Provinciale della Motorizzazione Civile, UMC) via mobile messages. Each passing certificate costs €5 and is valid for one day


- Find the “ZTL Parking” lot after entering the ZTL within 20 minutes and your plate number will be taken off the record automatically or manually (note the parking fee is costly). 


- Go to the hotel’s front desk and ask them to help to take off your record from the policy if you are staying in a hotel within a ZTL. 


- Or just simply avoid the ZTLs by using Google Map or any other navigation soft wares. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

To rent a car in Italy, the driver need to be in possession of a valid driving license and generally be held for at least 2 years


All licences issued by the European Union (and Switzerland) are accepted. 


Driving licences from non-EU countries are accepted if you have not been in Europe for longer than 6 months. If your domestic driving licence is not in English, an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required together with your original driving licence. 


The minimum age generally to rent a vehicle in Italy is 18 years old (age may vary by car categories and suppliers). 


*IMPORTANT NOTE: Each car hire company has its own requirements. Please check Terms and Conditions of your hire car during the booking process. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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MARCO

December 20, 2021

Destination: Milan

6.7Perfect car and service

Unfortunately Covid has affected rental business, there are less choice of cars, winter tires where not yet installed, or allocated to companies with fleet. The check in was managed by one person alone that was doing his best, but the process took long. Keddy / Europcar is till a top rental and their cars are very often in perfect conditions, as was mine. MIlan Linate has moved the parking of the rentals in a different tower and you need to get two elevetors and pass through a bridge. Not easy, and a long way to walk.

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J.Lodato

November 30, 2021

Destination: Rome

10Out rental experience was fine. We were happy with the car provided.

I was at first disappointed in Italy Car Rent because we arrived a few hours early and I was hoping to be able to have a car at that time. Unfortunately no car was available. When we returned there was a client who was very upset with Italy Car Rent claiming that she had been deceived and was having to pay costs for damage that was not her responsibility.

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E.Rogers

November 29, 2021

Destination: Turin

8Very Good

too long a wait at turin airport - only one person setving

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M.Uzzardi

November 28, 2021

Destination: Catania

7.7Need more clarification about the actual rental car.

They should never charge customers for washing the car. This should be part of the service provided.

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November 28, 2021

Destination: Pisa

10Excellent

In principle everything worked well. But the car type was not as expected.

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N.Russo

November 19, 2021

Destination: Rome

7Shorten the lines that form in the FCO pickup. Maintain your vehicles more carefully.

After driving away in the car the change oil light came on. It continued to be on for the three weeks I had the car. Several of the car lights were not working. Into my time with the car adblue notice indicated. I had to call customer service to find out what I had to do. Had to take care of that while renting the car. In short, the maintenance of the car was poor.

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A.Traicoff

November 16, 2021

Destination: Bari

4Impossible to find mediocre car rental company

Disaster finding where to pick up the car. Infuriating. Spent over an hour first finding their location and then actually locating the car. What a waste of time!

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November 15, 2021

Destination: Bari

10A pleasant experience

Great service, almost a new car with a mileage of 16 thousand kilometers. I chose a company because the founder of the company is responsible for the quality of the brand with his face. It inspires confidence. Price was good.

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M.DAZZI

November 12, 2021

Destination: Milan

6QEEQ good booking system, SBC shall keep cars in better conditions

Car was full of small scratches and damages from previous rentals. Check in took long time in order to go throught all the scratches and damages listed on rental papers to be sure that all damages were captured, and two were not.

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P.Sullivan

November 11, 2021

Destination: Naples

10Positive expereince

Recommend

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P.Piette

November 10, 2021

Destination: Milan

9.7Smooth proces and perfect result for the money

Of the airport but very close

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GM

November 4, 2021

Destination: Bergamo

9.7Everything went to plan

Car was an upgrade on what we booked

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E.Sansano

November 3, 2021

Destination: Bari

9.3Gestión sencilla y muy buen vehículo.

Me dieron un vehículo superior.

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Massimo

November 3, 2021

Destination: Rome

8.7Very Good

When I returned the car I did not receive any receipt that the car was in good order (no damages and full gasoline)! I think it would be reassuring to receive it!

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D.Ennion

November 2, 2021

Destination: Bari

9Happy with the car

Asked for a VW polo but was given a Citreon C3, was initially disappointed but the service on the counter was good and offered me a choice of vehicle

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Catalin

November 2, 2021

Destination: Pisa

10very good value for money

the car was in very good shape, quite new, low mileage and very clean. the location of rental desk was in about 4 minutes walking from the exit of the airport. very good the overall rental process.

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Ioannis and Anna

November 2, 2021

Destination: Rome

8.7Convenient, good value for money.

Excellent service. Need to provide better instructions on how to get from airport to their station. We took almost 2 hours to find them.

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A.Matteo

November 2, 2021

Destination: Pisa

7.3Good quick service

Always excellent service a d quick

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Mariusz

November 1, 2021

Destination: Milan

10Excellent

The agent who gave us the car was professional, nice and very helpful

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E.Panagioti

October 30, 2021

Destination: Milan

9.7Excellent

The staff was very professional and kind. The car was very easy to pick-up.

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A.Laferrara

October 28, 2021

Destination: Catania

10Very satisfied.

Very professional and friendly service. At the drop off was pouring down rain and the place was a good 10 minutes walking from the airport, I asked the guy after he checked the car if he could drive me back and he did, his name was Vito. I am very satisfied.

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October 27, 2021

Destination: Rome

9.7More value for your money

I was upgraded with an Oprl Corsa 1.2 and was nice to drive.

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Dino

October 8, 2021

Destination: Naples

8.3Good

The car rental area is out of the terminal. People need to take a bus and there is no clear indication of it. The only car rental company in the terminal is Sixt.

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S.Sequeira

October 4, 2021

Destination: Palermo

6.7Average

I waited over one hour to get the car. There were several people cuing to get the car they reserved and only one person at the desk! The company knows in advance how many bookings they have and it shocked me that they didn't make adjustments to the staff that was available at that time. A second staff member eventually showed up, but he didn't seem to be in any hurry to make the cue any shorter... This was one of the cheapest rental companies at Palermo airport, but based on this experience, I would prefer to pay a bit more and not wait one hour in a cue!... In addition, I have rented cars in many countries with my Revolut card being accepted as a credit card, but for some reason here they said it was a debit card, so I had to pay an extra non-refundable fee and a lower deposit. At drop-off, the staff lady was very unpolite and unfriendly, closing this whole experience on a negative note. Everything was ok with the car, but I don't think I will rent again with this company.

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October 4, 2021

Destination: Venice

9.7Excellent

I cant take a final invoice or receipt. Im still waiting send to me.

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m.grant

October 1, 2021

Destination: Brindisi

62 hours 10 minutes of my life I will never get back

waited 2 hours 10 minutes in que to collect the car. rude unhelpful staff.guy who gave me the car showed a plastic bit missing from bumper and a scratch on front wing. he said we know about these so don't worry. we waited 20 minutes for someone to accept the car when we came back. they then said the damage wasn't already there as they had no knowledge of it. I said speak to the guy who gave me the car, but he wasn't working that day. total shambles, would never ever use leasys again and if you use this sort of crap outfit I wouldn't use queen either

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J.Fox

September 30, 2021

Destination: Rome

6.7Expensive

Extra charge for not having a credit card, when travelling all my holiday money is transfered onto a mastercard travel card. €197 extra to pay.

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Dorina's Kitchen

September 28, 2021

Destination: Naples

6.3Thank you qeeq~!!!

this was the second car I got from Sicily by car. I was not thrilled with the condition of the cars. I know this was an exceptional year and cars were scarce... so hopefully it will be better in the future.

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Dorina's Kitchen

September 27, 2021

Destination: Naples

7.3Wonderful smooth experience!

There were a lot of little issues with the car... tire pressure, burned out head lights, and no none seemed to care.

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September 20, 2021

Destination: Rome

8Nice company but they are too lazy at the check in

I had to wait almost one hour to get the car. There were two people serving the customers. At one point there was only one person at the counter. When I arrived I was second in line to be served and it took forever. Not a pleasant experience after a long trip! i must say that the return process was a breeze! fast and efficient!

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M.Baglioni

September 20, 2021

Destination: Pisa

9.7Great value for money

Very good, friendly helpful staff,

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Stefano Farsura

August 19, 2021

Destination: Milan

9.7Excellent

Excellent experience other than the fact that they permanently charged my credit card for the security deposit which was supposed to ‘on hold’

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S.Gomez

June 2, 2021

Destination: Milan

8Very Good

They was pretty good. It was a long process for the check in and for the return it was a struggle cause they weren’t any space to return the car. But otherwise it was really good.

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M.Wojtkowski

October 13, 2020

Destination: Alghero

10Nice experience

Great company. Very nice staff. Quick deposit return (next day after drop off). Brand new car.

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October 12, 2020

Destination: Palermo

9.3Far too long waiting time, everything else went ok

We waited over 2.5 hours to get the car, far too long. There was no explanation as why this was and it would have been good to have received a warning.

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A.Manston

September 14, 2020

Destination: Catania

8.3As good as i expected given the difficult times .

Covid has made it difficult but the collecting process was fine even though short staff. Car got from A to B so all in all good experience.

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C.Brignoli

September 13, 2020

Destination: Cagliari

9.3Tutto come descritto

Tutto bene

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September 11, 2020

Destination: Catania

9Excellent

Ok overall

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F.CH

September 11, 2020

Destination: Venice

10Very good rental experience

Picked up car at Venice Marco Polo airport. Counter is located in parking P1 third floor. Checking out the car was a smooth process. The car was clean and in good condition. Had a punctured tyre during the trip and they provided a workshop for us to repair. Overall communication was very good.

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Fraser

September 8, 2020

Destination: Brindisi

9.7Excellent

Due to COVID the pick up process was terrible - waiting for phone calls for over an hour rather than face to face contact. Fortuity the staff at the help desk realised this so reverted to a solution that worked.

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September 8, 2020

Destination: Bari

10Excellent Experience

The counter staff was helpful, fair, and polite. The entire process was painless. I will rent through QEEQ again in the future.

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D.Hanesworth

August 26, 2020

Destination: Catania

6Started badly and then improved.

The price of hire was expensive compared to renting in other places. Maybe the Sicilians are too greedy. Pick-up was a farce: it took two and a half hours! Never before have I had such a disagreeable experience. Too many people, too few staff, and on that basis alone I would be reluctant to use Sicily By Car again. This must be better in the future.

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Momo

August 23, 2020

Destination: Rome

10Excellent! More than I expected...

Having red many negative reviews on AVIS I have to admit that I was a bit worried. Joined their preferred client scheme to better understand how they operate and I would recommend that every client does it as well... Had a pleasant experience at the desk, friendly and efficient with the added bonus of a free upgrade to a top of the range Seat Alhambra practically new! It certainly made our holiday more pleasant. Also thanks to the preferred client scheme I went directly to the car skipping the long queue at the collection booth. Car was clean and sanitised with the key in a sealed bag. Went in fearing the worst and came back having another favourite rental company. If I was simply lucky I cannot tell but based on my experience I would certainly recommend.

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D.Jenkinson

August 22, 2020

Destination: Ancona

10Great car...

Very friendly and amazing brand new car (only 100km old!).

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August 20, 2020

Destination: Bologna

9.3Good experience with Ecovia

Great service and nice and clean car - even got an upgrade and great tips on cheaper fuel.

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Ksenia

August 16, 2020

Destination: Milan

9Overall very satisfactory, minus couple things I mentioned above

I was charged by Alamo for roadside assistance service still, after I clearly stated I did not want the service. Only two days later I noticed extra charge on my credit card. So far I filed request for refund but have not heard back yet

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V.Cadden

August 14, 2020

Destination: Palermo

9.7Great experience no issues

Very smooth experience. We had some difficulty picking up the car as no staff were available at the actual area with cars but we found it eventually

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R.Holfeld

August 14, 2020

Destination: Verona

10Excellent rental experience

Very pleased with experience

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A.Blunkett

August 12, 2020

Destination: Pisa

7.7Dissapointed.

They have charged me for protection on the car that means I have a bill for £411.90 I expect a refund

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VN

August 11, 2020

Destination: Venice

10Surprising rental

Surprising rental than the one made at Venice airport. I had rented a Peugeot 3008 that was not available at the airport, the "Budget" attendant handed us the keys to a brand new Audi A8 quattro ...... for the initial rental price. This is what I call “service” Thank you for your professionalism.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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