FAQ Car Rental
Argentina is a huge country with many out-of-the-way scenic areas that can only be reached by private car. One popular road trip is the Vuelta A Los Valles through Salta, with stops at colorful natural rock formations and the ghost town of Alemanía. Virtually everyone who goes to Bariloche or San Martín de los Andes does Patagonia’s Seven Lakes Route, whether they take a tour or rent a car for the trip.
Here are some frequently asked questions about renting a car in Argentina.
• What kind of driver’s license is required to rent a car in Argentina?
-Anyone with a valid license from their home country can rent or hire a car in Argentina, as long as they also have a valid tourist visa and a credit card. Those with an expired tourist visa might encounter problems. Those who have permanent residency will need to get an Argentina driver’s license.
• What type of cars are available?
-Most cars are standard sedan-style car with manual transmission (stick shift). Those who don’t drive a standard will have to make a special request for automatic car, which may cost more.
• Is it safe to drive in Argentina?
-Driving always involves risk but this is certainly an area where Argentina is improving. The most challenging driving in the country is in the capital, Buenos Aires, where driving is rather aggressive, such as in New York City or Rome.
While enforcement has improved in recent years, some drivers are reckless and there are many motorcycles and pedestrians on the road, so it is important to be aware. In other areas of the country, driving is generally fine. People are generally more civilized drivers in Patagonia, but the mountain roads can be a bit tricky and it is important to look out for wildlife. In some provinces such as Salta and Chubut, the driving is fairly relaxed, but some roads may have potholes or flying gravel. While highways throughout the country are generally in decent condition, driving on two-lane highways at night requires extra care. Headlights are required to be on at all times.
• Can I leave the country with the car to visit neighboring countries?
-Yes, although there may be extra fees involved.
• Renting a car in Argentina is more expensive than I expected.
-Just like air travel, car rental is on the expensive side in Argentina. Those who have the time often take flights or long distance buses to various locations and rent a car in the area they are visiting. The main reason to rent a car is for flexibility, to get off the beaten path and to accommodate time constraints.
• What else should I know about renting a car in Argentina?
-All of the companies that work with Rentalcars are well-known and credible but always check the interior and exterior of the car and make a note — or even take photos — of any dings or damage to ensure there are no surprises upon returning the car. Because of the limited availability of cars in some areas, it is recommended to make reservations in advance and to get the full insurance. You can also compare rental car prices here with those offered by Cheapo Air.
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