Santorini - Car Rental

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#1
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We'll be on the Zuiderdam when she drops anchor in Santorini on October 4. Does anyone know if you need an International Drivers License to rent a car there - or is your US state-issued license accepted?
#2
WA State
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When we were there in late May our regular state-issued license was fine. We brought that plus our proof of insurance, which covers car rentals.
Have a great cruise!
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#3
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We're going to be on the same cruise and are going to be renting a car in Santorini as well. I am looking into options. Have you made plans for Corfu and Argostoli? Am still trying to decide what we will do in those ports.
#4
mass
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Joined Jun 2007
Renting a car on Santorini was really easy. We had no reservations, just walked just off the main st and found a small rental company. We rented a Smart Car, (good choice), it was really cheap on gas, gets you arround the island easily, and can be parked in just about any spot.
#5
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Originally posted by lecobra70
We're going to be on the same cruise and are going to be renting a car in Santorini as well. I am looking into options. Have you made plans for Corfu and Argostoli? Am still trying to decide what we will do in those ports.
We think we can find enough in Corfu to do on foot reasonably close to the ship (we are big walkers), but Argostoli is still up in the air....
#6
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Please help me with "proof of insurance" - in NY, insurance companies give us certificates for each vehicle to be carried in the appropriate vehicle - but no general proof of insurance. Can you tell me what this is?

Thanks....
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Napa Valley
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Originally posted by lecobra70
We're going to be on the same cruise and are going to be renting a car in Santorini as well. I am looking into options. Have you made plans for Corfu and Argostoli? Am still trying to decide what we will do in those ports.
Corfu has a beautiful old downtown to stroll around, lots of restaurants etc, but the island is gorgeous too, we drove around and stopped at several beaches, Argostoli, definitely rent a car, because there is nothing downtown, take a ride up north to Fiskardo, a gorgeous little port,and then let me know ,what you thought of it, regards, [email protected]
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#8
WA State
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Originally posted by SabreSailor
Please help me with "proof of insurance" - in NY, insurance companies give us certificates for each vehicle to be carried in the appropriate vehicle - but no general proof of insurance. Can you tell me what this is?

Thanks....
That certificate would be fine, even a recent bill, just something that shows your name and insurance # to show them. We brought the email from USAA telling us that rental cars are covered, but then I tend to go overboard in worrying about everything

We reserved our car ahead of time mainly because there were lots of ships in port that day and we wanted to be sure to get one. May not have been necessary, but this goes along with my wanting to be sure of everything! lol.
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#9
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Originally posted by Cruising-along
That certificate would be fine, even a recent bill, just something that shows your name and insurance # to show them. We brought the email from USAA telling us that rental cars are covered, but then I tend to go overboard in worrying about everything

We reserved our car ahead of time mainly because there were lots of ships in port that day and we wanted to be sure to get one. May not have been necessary, but this goes along with my wanting to be sure of everything! lol.
Hi Carolyn -

I just spoke with USAA and they said that they don't cover rental cars in Europe - so I guess the best thing is to go with the rental agency's insurance....
#10
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Originally posted by SabreSailor
Hi Carolyn -

I just spoke with USAA and they said that they don't cover rental cars in Europe - so I guess the best thing is to go with the rental agency's insurance....
Oh, I am SO sorry. I just dug out our info, and now I remember. We asked USAA first, they said no, but our Visa through Navy Federal does cover it, as long as you use that credit card for the car and decline the rental agency's insurance. I'm so sorry for the wrong info.
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#11
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Originally posted by Cruising-along
We brought the email from USAA telling us that rental cars are covered
Suggest you double check that coverage with USAA for future reference. Unless they have changed their policies recently, DOMESTIC rental car contracts are covered, but not International.
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#12
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Originally posted by SeaMatesNYC
Suggest you double check that coverage with USAA for future reference. Unless they have changed their policies recently, DOMESTIC rental car contracts are covered, but not International.
Right you are, my mistake. In post #10 above yours I said that I'd confused our USAA coverage with our Visa coverage through Navy Federal.

SabreSailor have you checked with your credit card company? Sometimes they cover foreign car rental insurance, as ours does.
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