1. IP addresses are NOT logged in this forum so there's no point asking. Members are encouraged to install GOM or HOLA or TUNNELBEAR for an added layer of protection.

    The SEX forum is HERE so please stop asking.

Can Rent Car & Drive in USA with Singapore or Thai License?

Discussion in 'The Courtyard Café' started by Froggy, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Froggy

    Froggy Alfrescian (InfP) + Mod Old Timer Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    21,002
    Likes Received:
    562
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Just realized that my international driving permit had expired. Tomorrow leaving for US.
     
  2. Cestbon

    Cestbon Alfrescian (Inf)

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Messages:
    9,886
    Likes Received:
    116
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Singapore license accepted in US. Certain state no need get approval. But certain state need u to take a simple test.
    Please check with car rental tell them where are the location u want to drive thru.
    Best still take the test.
     
  3. Alamaking

    Alamaking Alfrescian (Inf)

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Messages:
    19,726
    Likes Received:
    418
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your maid license expired? if not, bring her there lah :D:D:D:D
     
  4. looneytan

    looneytan Alfrescian (Inf)

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2010
    Messages:
    12,837
    Likes Received:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    63
    TCSS lumber 1 noted:D
     
  5. ginfreely

    ginfreely Alfrescian Old Timer

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2010
    Messages:
    12,131
    Likes Received:
    172
    Trophy Points:
    63
    No problem unless rules have changed..last time i rented before, drove from Canada to LA using Spore licence only..
     
  6. Froggy

    Froggy Alfrescian (InfP) + Mod Old Timer Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    21,002
    Likes Received:
    562
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Used to renew my international driving permit at AAS Leng Kee in the past while working for American company. Forgot to do it ever since I got my Thai license 4 years ago.
     
  7. eatshitndie

    eatshitndie Alfrescian (Inf)

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    27,636
    Likes Received:
    303
    Trophy Points:
    83
    most rental car companies will require you to have the driver's license with an international driving permit (idp). california does not recognize the idp as a legit driver's license. it only translates information on your driver's license to english so law enforcement in california can read and understand the info. california by rule recognizes your driver's license of the country you reside in. if you have not resided in sg for over 6 months and intend to use the sg license, you may have an issue. but if the rental car allows you to rent and drive, don't get into trouble with chp and city traffic cops. they don't fully understand the rules when it comes to driver's license from overseas that is not accompanied with an idp. it's better to get the accompanying document to avoid trouble. it's only 500 baht at the thai office.
     
  8. Froggy

    Froggy Alfrescian (InfP) + Mod Old Timer Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    21,002
    Likes Received:
    562
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Very clear buddy. I will squeeze some time to obtain one just in case.
     
  9. Froggy

    Froggy Alfrescian (InfP) + Mod Old Timer Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    21,002
    Likes Received:
    562
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Finally yesterday morning before I left for States I got someone to go get the international driving permit for me, just in case.

    I just picked up my rental car a Nissan Maxima that just did below 3500 miles from Dollar Car Rental. Booked the car online. At Dollar (LA Airport) the queue was very long and process rather slow. Anyway after about 30 mins wait I went to register using only my Singapore Driving License. There was no question. Will be using it for 4 days returning on May/2 at Las Vegas Airport. We will be driving to Las Vegas tomorrow morning.

    Total cost for the 4 days plus full insurance coverage and navigator rental is $518. I think this is a little too much to pay. The car rental is only like $120. The additional $400 is for taxes, navigator, insurance and top up fuel. When I return from Hawaii on May/6 I have to be more careful on car rental and the cost of insurance. I'll be using the car for 7 days the next time. I think I better shop around. You see most of the time they tell you the car rental rate only and not the insurance like in Dollar case when I booked it online they just say check insurance over the counter so its not fair. I will look at others the next time.
     
  10. eatshitndie

    eatshitndie Alfrescian (Inf)

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    27,636
    Likes Received:
    303
    Trophy Points:
    83
    every rental shop will try to upsell by tagging extra insurance and other features. the published rental rate is low to lure you. if your credit card has loss and damage waiver covered, you can skip that. however, for most foreign visitors to california, it's better and safer to have full insurance coverage over and above basic ldw. too many crazy drivers here, and lawyers can sue the shit out of you even if it is not your fault. there's also liability exposure if you drive out of state to nevada or arizona. enterprise is my choice when i travel within the u.s.
     
  11. rotikosong

    rotikosong Alfrescian Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2009
    Messages:
    422
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Your rates might have been more expensive since you are doing a different city dropoff. There is usually a fee for that and also you should make sure if there is a restriction on the number of miles before they start charging you for overages in miles.

    PM me your dates and I will check for you. You might not need a GPS in the car since you have your iphone. try out waze side by side your rented GPS - you'll be amazed how accurate it is. Almost all the car rental agencies allow you to bypass the counter these days.

    In the US, even if you have made a prior reservation for car, you can just not turn up - they won't charge your card. So even if you've made reservations for Hawaii or your next leg in the US - walk away if you find a better rate.

    Oh btw I did tell you the IDP boh pakai in the US - nobody cares.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012
  12. Froggy

    Froggy Alfrescian (InfP) + Mod Old Timer Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    21,002
    Likes Received:
    562
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Next leg here will be arriving in SFO on May/6 (10pm) and returning the car in LAX on May/13 (11am). You are right about walking away from booking because when you book online they do not require customer to leave credit card number, just name and mobile.
     
  13. eatshitndie

    eatshitndie Alfrescian (Inf)

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    27,636
    Likes Received:
    303
    Trophy Points:
    83
    rotikosong has all the good advice. and if they give you a free upgrade on the car type, grab it. stay away from compacts and sub compacts.
     
  14. Froggy

    Froggy Alfrescian (InfP) + Mod Old Timer Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    21,002
    Likes Received:
    562
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Hate conpacts everywhere. And also we've got 4 bags so a larger car will be better.
     
  15. rotikosong

    rotikosong Alfrescian Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2009
    Messages:
    422
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    I'll let you in on a travel secret: book through a UK site - you sometimes get great rates that come with insurance
    For the dates you want: booking through expedia.co.uk
    full size car (e.g. camry)
    hertz
    152.62GBP/248.24USD
    If you want a luxe car (Cadillac/Jag/Merc) £199.58

    If you had booked through expedia like above pickup 4/29 Sun for 4 days LAX-LAS one-way
    £106.92=174 USD with insurance

    In comparison, booking through US sites with discounts for your 7-day SFO-LAX rental
    enterprise.com
    Toyota corolla class i.e. intermediate size, but you get a free upgrade to next class
    use costco coupon code: CSTGSU9
    and costco member id: 814949642999
    219.35 USD
    no insurance

    alamo.com
    camry-class i.e. full size
    using costco code. ID=7014627; Coupon Code=AF4499SDY
    242 no insurance
    359.99 full CDW insurance
    GPS 69.65 extra
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012
  16. Forvendet

    Forvendet Alfrescian Old Timer

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Messages:
    3,435
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    0
    When I first arrived at my US campus dorm more than a decade ago, I bought a local newspaper to have a feel of the local community. The car ad section was an eye opener. Big ad for showroom brandnew Honda Accord, US$15,000. Small classifieds for used cars, I saw one Toyota Celica, US$900.

    I asked around the campus, can a foreigner buy and drive a car in US. They said sure. Just go to a police and pass a test to get a license. Sure enough, I went to a police station and was given a test paper instaneously, no need booking or appointment. Eyesight test, 50 MCQs like kindergarten basic theory. After done, the Sgt. glanced over it and said OK, passed, just like that. Now to the carpark. Drive an unmarked car from the carpark a few rounds aound the carpark and park it back safely. That's it. Police fee about US$20. The Sgt. gave me a slip and told me to go to DMV to apply for license. License fee about US$10 for 5 years validity.

    After I got the license, I called the number on the ad and went on to buy the Celica. The seller was a nice honest farmer. He said the car should be alright for many more years but don't attempt long distance interstate travels with it. Fair enough, as Singaporeans, where the hell else could we buy a car at US$900?
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012
  17. hotbot

    hotbot Alfrescian Old Timer

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,602
    Likes Received:
    40
    Trophy Points:
    48
    i drove a pontiac from ace rental years ago. that was in chicago. i only showed them my singapore driving licence and that's it!:)


     
  18. rotikosong

    rotikosong Alfrescian Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2009
    Messages:
    422
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    joetys - not sure if you've already booked your LAS hotels but Bally's has a deal - $200 for 5 nights - you can spread your nights out so you can book 4 nights and another later (that you won't use).
    If you have already booked hotels, in many cases, if not pre-paid, you can cancel them before 3pm on day of arrival

    Ballys: 1-866-635-7122 and mention code PBBRN

    http://img.ed4.net/harrahs/2012/L...NEW_03.jpg

    Go to LV must go see a Cirque Du Soleil show - I've seen Ka at MGM but there are several: O, Mystere, Zumanity (this one got boobs and nudity!) etc
     
  19. roadster

    roadster Alfrescian Old Timer

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I had driven in California many times for work and holidays, all with rental cars on Singapore driving license. Never had an International driving license and never encounter any problem at all, unless there is a change of rules within last 2 years.

    My personal experience, pay a bit more if need be and go with a reputable company. Reason is I once had a flat tyre in the middle of a highway in California dead in the night in winter!! I called the help line, giving them roughly where I am in terms of exit number, with my family (new to US) in the car in the dark of winter (no street lights along stretch of highway!) and cars zooming all around us! Help came within 15-20 minutes, which is VERY fast for a huge country and I stuck in the middle of a highway! No question asked, changed the tyres and we on our way again in no time!

    Not saying cheap coys don't provide such response, but why take risk in a foreign country if price difference is still acceptable for the comfort of mind?
     
  20. Froggy

    Froggy Alfrescian (InfP) + Mod Old Timer Old Timer

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Messages:
    21,002
    Likes Received:
    562
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Thanks buddy, too bad. Booked Flamingo. Ya Cirque I've seen it in Singapore about 10years ago. But I would like to see it here. Thanks.
     

Share This Page