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Border Crossing in Europe 
Until recently vehicles attempting to cross a border were required to bear near the rear number plate a regulation nationality sticker designating the country in which the vehicle was registered. This is no longer a requirement.

In most cases border-crossing in Europe is a quick and hassle-free process. Although potentially you're subject to passport checks and searches of your person and vehicle upon crossing a border, often you can zip across the borders of Northern European countries without even slowing down. Sometimes you'll be required to slow down and stop before the guards simply wave you through. A circular sign reading "Douane Zoll" is a signal that you must stop. Most likely you'll just queue-up in your vehicle, wait a minute or two, hand each passenger's passport to the guard when you reach the station, flash a smile, wait a moment until the guard returns the passports, and proceed forward a couple hundred meters to the border station of the next country (where you'll repeat the process).

Sometimes the guards will want to see your vehicle's registration and proof of insurance. Sometimes, even, your vehicle will be searched. If you're chosen for a search, follow the Customs officers' directions and chalk it all up to experience; it's not too time consuming or nerve-wracking—unless, of course, you've got illegal substances or items with you. It goes without saying that you should never bring illicit drugs or weapons across borders. If you're transporting hitchhikers or others who haven't had the opportunity to gain your trust, politely and up front make it known to them that they must get out at the border and lug their things across on foot.

If your vehicle has significant cosmetic damage to it, point it out to the Customs officials and have them note it on your passport; otherwise upon exiting the country you might be suspected of having been in an accident in that country and fleeing your associated responsibilities. If a country requires you to declare your vehicle with Customs, you'll probably be obliged to pay customs duty and tax if you leave the country without the vehicle.

Here's a trick to be aware of. If several fuel stations are clustered on your side of a border, fuel is probably more expensive in the next country; fill up before crossing.

The auto clubs of many countries maintain offices at the borders. These offices may sell everything from auto insurance to maps to guidebooks.

Finally, note that many border crossings close overnight, from, say, 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 or 8:00 a.m.; but most stay open until 10:00, 11:00, or 12:00 p.m. in the summer.
 
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Modern and old, past and present go side by side, all the time. One-Way Rentals. An auto rental can be rented in one location and returned to another. Some one-way rentals are assessed a one-time drop charge or mileage charge in addition to the rental rate. Please book your one-way rentals in advance. Car rentals that are returned within the same city area are free of charge. Please note, that due to a new regulation from the EU (since Jan 01, 1999) all overseas customers NEED an International Drivers License (IDL or IDP, International driver permit) in addition to your local drivers license. You can get your IDL easy at your local Automobile Club (e.g. AAA). But please note when you arrive only with the IDL then you will NEVER get a car!

One Way rentals. Many of our car rental suppliers will operate independently from each other and company policies differ between them. For this reason one way rentals in most countries are not available in all locations but you will find most suppliers in most major city and airport locations will offer this service in all major country locations such as Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, Czech Republik, Poland and Switzerland or the USA and Worldwide. National oneways are often free of charge however more and more rental companies charge also for national oneways a fee.

To search for a one way in Europe or any other destination use the online search form. Once you have completed the pickup search section, the return section will automatically show all available return locations. When a one way rental is available the search form will allow you to change the return locations. Simply choose which location you wish to return the automobile and click book now.

Planning ahead when travelling abroad is essential to alleviate the unecessary stress of finding places to stay and things to do when you arrive at your destination. To help you research and plan ahead we have provided you with some information on some of our top car hire destinations. Please find useful information ranging from, travelling to your destination, travelling from the airport, local sights, local prices, accommodation and various other info. Book your cheap car rental in Europe here!