Subject: AutoEurope
Dear Richard: What Sally Watkins pointed out was very important in figuring rates: Taxes and Insurance. The base rental cost for the car is one price... but, depending upon the country you rent/drive in, you will pay a large additional cost in taxes (Germany being one of the lowest - and France has special deals as well) with Italy being one of the steepest. Secondly, not only are the insurance rates highest in Italy, but coverage is mandated as part of the rental. It is impossible to compare rates unless you compare country of pickup/return and countries you will be covered driving through (for instance, Switzerland has an additional permit that will allow you to drive through the mountain tunnels - and if you don't have one and get caught you will receive a fine almost as much as your entire car rental). Hope this helps. Roy Faires