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    Default American Road Trip Car Rental Help

    Hello all,

    some of you that know me on a more personal level and follow me on social media know that I am coming over in 2018 for 90 days for my honeymoon!! exciting times ahead.

    Basically I gave the Mrs to be full reign on the wedding planning (within a budget that got completely thrown out the window by her. but this is my life now clearly!!) on the understanding that I could plan the honeymoon!!

    She wanted to go sit on a beach somewhere I said HELL NO! we are doing coast to coast, looked at what we can do in terms of VISA for your country and the longest we could get was 90 days. so that was that it was time to plan an adventure!

    I will happily give people more information on my trip and my planned route and stops etc but to the main point...

    I was looking at options in regards to getting across your beautiful country I have thought about shipping my E36 touring over there but being 22 years old and not 25 I was going to run into some issues with registering it and I just don't want any hassle whilst I am over there and imagine the ballache if I was to get there and the car was in an impound lot or crushed or not being allowed to be on the roads.

    so I thought about buying something out there, I loved this idea but the thought was what could I realistically get and remember this would be either given away at the end of the trip or try to sell which again would be hassle and more than likely an older car I don't want to have to worry about issues of it breaking down and/or it being uncomfortable.

    so onto my final thought... renting a car. meh, boring I know but I feel like it will keep the woman happy and "happy wife happy life" remembering I am going to be in a car for 90 days and we all know what woman can be like...

    So, I want to know if anyone can help me out or give me some suggestions I am looking to land around 10th September 2018 (give or take a couple of days) in Atlanta and drive this across country to California. I need to rent a car for around 2 and a half months and drop it off in San Francisco, from San Francisco I will be flying up to New York and seeing New York and some of New England area... I know this is an odd way of doing it but I have my reasons.

    My budget is circa 3,000 ($4,000) I want something nice and comfy to drive in be a little exciting at times. I don't want to be stuck with some lame Hyundai compact thing (no offence to anyone who has one I am sure they have something good about them, but probably not).

    Here is a photo of our route, I am sorry its a photo I took off my phone of my laptop screen but its all I got so that's all you get.

    Untitled by ben walsh, on Flickr
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    You can borrow my super reliable m3 hahah
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    You can borrow my super reliable m3 hahah
    This sounds like a Top Gear, or now Grand Tour challenge to me
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    How old are you? Some companies will charge extra if you're under 25.

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    dont rent.

    youve got a little time to sort it out, maybe find someone at your end destination that is looking to buy something in atlanta. I live in Atlanta and can help you find something.
    I dont know if you can buy something and register it here unless you have an address, but if you buy anything 25y or older, it will not need emissions testing, so it will be a lot easier to get a license plate


    https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/r...452695716.html
    https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/r...412212070.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by duct-tape View Post
    dont rent.

    youve got a little time to sort it out, maybe find someone at your end destination that is looking to buy something in atlanta. I live in Atlanta and can help you find something.
    I dont know if you can buy something and register it here unless you have an address, but if you buy anything 25y or older, it will not need emissions testing, so it will be a lot easier to get a license plate


    https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/r...452695716.html
    https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/r...412212070.html
    Yeah don't do this.

    Rent a car through one of the agencies, you can usually get mustangs/camaros without much effort at all. Both comfortable fun and offer enough storage for two. National/Enterprise both have luxury options, as does Hertz. Look into what they can do for you. May even be worth calling them and seeing if you can reserve a specific car. If you're under 25, you won't really be able to rent much of anything exciting.

    Source: I travel over 100 days a year every year for work, and rent cars all the time. I'm well versed in this.
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