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Driving your own car or rent a car in Germany

Import your own car to Germany

It can be complicated and costly to import a car to Germany. There are a number of things you have to notice, if you import your car from another country. As first thought, you have to pay customs duty when importing to Germany. Second thought you also have to get your car tested and registered. Which implies a variety of fees, what you need for all the basic and real documentation from the country of origin. For instance if you import from the USA, keep in mind you might even have to change car parts because they are illegal in Germany.

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In order to avoid unpleasant surprises the best thing to do is to get in contact with an automobile club. This way an expert can give you advice and tell you what to do before and after importing your car to Germany. The biggest club is the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club, for General German Automobile Club).

Renting a car

Usually renting a car in Germany isn’t cheap. The most car rentals offer a good service, such as quality cars and no-fault insurance. There is a big variety of providers and a wide range of cars. In most German cities offices you can find of international companies such as Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Avis, etc. Sometimes smaller, locally based car rentals can be cheaper. There are a lot of online portals for price comparison. That is probably the best thing to do when you plan to rent a car in Germany. See all the possibilities before you decide to import your own car or you rent a car.

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