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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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Young

November 29, 2022

Destination: Catania

8.7Very Kind

The staff was very kind and waited for me from the flight delay.

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November 28, 2022

Destination: Venice

10Very pleasant and easy experience.

Very easy, cheap, and fuss-free service. The car was in good condition. We'd got a hybrid car which helped save a lot on gas.

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H.Champion

November 22, 2022

Destination: Brindisi

8.3Expensive for just a few days

SBC counter was busy. The qr code queue system did not work well

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Remo Soave

November 22, 2022

Destination: Naples

8.7Very good

The pickup was very smooth and fast. T he car was clean, however itvdid have a lot if scratches, marks etc which were not recorded. When I reported them I was told to take pictures and go. When I returned the car it was inspected with no comments made about the sratches and marks.

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H.YAMAZAKI

November 20, 2022

Destination: Bologna

10Good job

予約はVWゴルフの予定がSEATのSUVに変わっていましたが とても運転しやすく 燃費も良く 満足しています

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k.k.

November 17, 2022

Destination: Palermo

8.7Positive experience

Pick up did not take particularly long but dropping off was quite frustrating with at least 5 more customers returning their cars at the same time and only one (overworked) guy dealing with all of us. Otherwise everything went really smoothly. I would recommend this company and won't hesitate use them again in the future.

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V.Vasic

November 16, 2022

Destination: Catania

8.7Very Good

A very slow biking process, everything else was just fine.

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D.Paul

November 11, 2022

Destination: Rome

9.7Excellent

The car was fine - a Fiat Panda. I'm 6' 2" and I was surprised by how comfortable I was. The check-in and check-out process at the Rome airport was smooth - Viola, who helped us at both ends, was awesome.

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H.Sidhu

November 9, 2022

Destination: Verona

9.7Smooth process

The car was a 9 seater and was brilliant for our trip, it was clean on arrival. The only thing is the car park is very tight, apart from that all was smooth.

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I.Clement

November 6, 2022

Destination: Genoa

8.3Ok however the one way rental was a sting.

Difficulty finding a petrol station and ran out of time. (Not their fault) Ridiculous that they charge a filling fee on top of the cost of the petrol. 22€ fee.

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D.Stewart

November 4, 2022

Destination: Bari

8Apuglia

The counter staff was efficient but didn’t provide any information about the car return process. The car itself was great. Fuel efficient and just the right size for the narrow roads.

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November 3, 2022

Destination: Milan

9.3Smooth process. Minus for hidden fee.

Dollar was great. Car pickup was in fact handled by Hertz, which wasn't super clear when booking, but we asked around and got there. Everything went smoothly. Only caveat is they charged us a country border fee even though QEEQ communicated it was included. Other than that everything went smoothly and easily, car was as marketed and had no issues.

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Mario Ori

October 31, 2022

Destination: Milan

8Very Good

my reservation had model guaranteed. i was given a different one for lower value.

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S.Griffin

October 29, 2022

Destination: Rome

10Best car hire experience post COVID.

I have just realised that I left my Apple airpods in the car when I dropped the car off. I have not been able to contact your Rome airport office to check if they have been found.

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Arthur

October 29, 2022

Destination: Catania

9.3Car rental experience…as good as it gets.

Excellent car rental company. I’d recommend it anytime. It’s the first time I used it but it will not be the last

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J.Rich

October 28, 2022

Destination: Olbia

9.3Very positive rental experience

I was upgraded free of charge and he service staff was very helpful and accommodating

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P.Rubino

October 28, 2022

Destination: Turin

9.3Very smooth

The car was as expected. Front desk staff was very kind and helpful. Very fast pick up and return process.

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M.Onida

October 27, 2022

Destination: Olbia

9.7Smooth process and good value for money

Car was what I booked. Staff very kind and helpful

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N.Bhatia

October 26, 2022

Destination: Venice

9.3Efficient and Easy

Very good staff at the check-in and check-out.

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Jorge

October 26, 2022

Destination: Milan

6.3Rapido y sencillo

El auto fue algo pequeño para nuestras necesidades y estaba algo sucio

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October 26, 2022

Destination: Florence

8Ok rental

Counter staff not particularly friendly and not really helpful when we asked for advice on returning car and avoiding traffic limitation zone. Drop off was straight forward.

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C.K.

October 25, 2022

Destination: Bari

9.3Easy as can be in Bari

Really good. I got a bigger car than expected- Fiat Tipo estate. Easy to find the counter for Alamo - a little bit of a walk to the rentals lot (same for all agencies at Bari except for Sixt which is a tiny bit closer than the rest). Everything was smooth and easy. Drop off was hassle free.

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U.Bravo Casaretto

October 19, 2022

Destination: Florence

8.3Falta de mantenimiento

Tuve que manejar 2 horas para que me cambien el auto porque tenía un problema Renault 9 asientos . Cuando lo cambie VW 9 asientos , tuve que ponerle aceite , luego me lo reembolsaron . A Álamo en Florencia les falta ver el mantenimiento de sus carros .

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YL

October 17, 2022

Destination: Verona

9.7Good experience

The shuttle bus pick-up point was a little difficult to find (carpark P4 at Verona airport). We were given a bigger and newer car as the model that we initially booked was unavailable. Vehicle was clean and in great condition, and the staff was diligent in noting small scratches by the previous users. Good customer service and they were not pushy about add-ons and insurance. Would rent from Noleggiare again.

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October 17, 2022

Destination: Bergamo

8.7Good car but a long wait at the counter

Not enough counter staff

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Logan Manz

October 16, 2022

Destination: Bari

9.3Great, will continue to use for my future bookings.

Staff were helpful. Car was practically new, clean and easy to drive.

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AdamRX31

October 14, 2022

Destination: Olbia

9.7Very Friendly, honest and efficient service

Very Friendly, honest and efficient service. Car was in good condition and no hidden charges

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J.Devet

October 14, 2022

Destination: Rome

8.3Price drop found and great rental experience

Great experience with staff. They allowed us to modify our time from 2 pm to 2pm and change to noon to noon because we arrived 2 hours early. Very nice! Difficulty with Google maps and finding location and construction on road. Driver window did not always go up right away, but did work slowly. Staff was great. Drop off was quick and easy.

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October 14, 2022

Destination: Verona

10Great rental

Polite and helpful checkin staff. Located right outside station. Would use again.

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S.Benusovich

October 12, 2022

Destination: Rome

8Overall positive except from the waiting in the pick up time

Upgraded the car but no explanations about the car functions...very long waiting and

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October 12, 2022

Destination: Palermo

9Trouble free rental

Despite the 1hr 30mns wait queing at the desk overall good service.

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L.Pitkanen

October 8, 2022

Destination: Verona

9Good for value

I booked a Peugeot 208 or similar and received a Skoda Fabia + A very short walk and easy access to rental station at Verona Airport. + At the counter service was smooth. + Third party insurance was accepted without further questions. + The final invoice was received very quickly - The staff did not present or check the car during pick-up or drop-off. - The fuel policy was full-to-full but tank was 7/8 at pick-up. - The car made vibration when driving over 80kph

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S.Manku

October 8, 2022

Destination: Olbia

9.3A very pleasant experience

The pick up and drop off process was very smooth with good customer care from the staff, no trying to sell additional products etc. A very pleasant experience with Leasys.

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Lau

October 7, 2022

Destination: Rome

9.7All great!

The experience was seamless, the staff super helpful. The car was in perfect condition and it was a smooth vacation. I will definitely rent with OK Mobility again. Thank you!

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H.Gotes

October 7, 2022

Destination: Rome

10SMOOTH RIDE

The car was excellent and the service was great.

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October 4, 2022

Destination: Bergamo

10Easy, helpful, professional.

Got to the place a bit earlier, during lunch time, so the place was closed and there was no phone number on the door or gate to call. Other than that the staff was very professional and helpful.

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E.Sapiro

October 4, 2022

Destination: Rome

10Great car. Compact and comfortable.

Great company. Definitely will try to use your services.

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October 4, 2022

Destination: Verona

6.3Leasys economical but won’t use again.

We waited in a queue for 2.5 hours at Verona airport before we could get our car. Car was satisfactory.

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M.BUENO RODRIGUEZ

September 30, 2022

Destination: Catania

6.7Robo de guante blanco, antes y después

Nos ofrecieron el seguro de más alto precio sólo y cuando dijimos q no, nos ofrecieron otro más barato. No nos han devuelto la fianza de 200€ y me cobraron tras la entrega del vehículo 300€ más, estando el coche en prefectos condiciones

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S.Kozer

September 29, 2022

Destination: Rimini

8.7No worries!

Both processes (pickup and drop off) went smoothly and relatively quickly, especially, drop off. I've exchange the emails with the drop off staff (prior to drop off) to find out the exact location. Responses were quick and helpful. One minor thing - they didn't tell me that their office is on the 4th floor of the car park. It took us an extra 5 min to find out when we arrived

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S.Kenyon

September 26, 2022

Destination: Bari

6Adequate

Smaller car than anticipated. The location of the car was a LONG way away from the office at Bari airport and difficult to find upon return in the dark and heavy rain.

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H.Ryder

September 26, 2022

Destination: Verona

6.3Very unhelpful service from Leasys - ripped off on fuel, no response to emails.

When I collected the car they had upgraded the make and model to a larger vehicle, which I suppose many people would be pleased about but I specifically wanted a small car as that’s what I’m used to driving. They didn’t tell me where to drop the car off to at the second airport, and there was no answer on the phone number provided which I phoned multiple times trying to find out the drop off location. As a result, I dropped the car off to the incorrect location and was landed with ~£60 in additional charges for them to move the car from one car park to another as I didn’t have time to do this myself due to my imminent flight. They charged me €38 for additional fuel despite my having photographic evidence that the tank was more full when I dropped the vehicle off than when I collected, and they have not responded to my emails about this.

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D.DONATI

September 26, 2022

Destination: Milan

9.7EASY, RELIABLE, NO ISSUES, Would use both companies again!!!!

Great service and friendly staff. No issues . Thank you

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September 25, 2022

Destination: Rome

7.7Use Centauro only if really worth it. Prefer others, nicer and closer to airport

The counter staff included a man named Dario, who managed to be very unpleasant, even though everything was in order and there were no complications with order or payment. Tried really hard to make us pay additional insurance. No help at all to get the car our of their over-packed garage. AND they are closed 2300-0700.

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A.Valeanu

September 23, 2022

Destination: Milan

9.7Overall good

Very helpfull staff

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Lynn

September 22, 2022

Destination: Brindisi

6.3Average

Just had a credit card bill with additional £103 charge against my booking without explanation from car hire company - not happy. Would not use Leasy’s again. Will have to spend time to challenge through my credit card company

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S.Culurides

September 21, 2022

Destination: Rome

10Excellent

Waited over 1-1/2 hours to pick up car But staff was very polite and courteous

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M.O'Neill

September 21, 2022

Destination: Verona

8.3An enjoyable experience which I will recommend.

A good service at a good price. Thank you.

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Peter

September 20, 2022

Destination: Brindisi

10Excellent

The car was only filled to 50%. I left it filled up.

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October 25, 2022

Destination: Catania

6.7Cheap cost, false economy

Car was smaller than expected. Waiting in a queue for over an hour to collect the car was totally unacceptable.

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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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