I was denied an Avis rental in Germany by the exact guy I’ve been leasing autos from for the better part of a decade when he abruptly decided I desired an worldwide driving permit.
Denied Avis Auto Rental In Germany With no An International Driving Permit Or Translation Of License
For many years, I have rented autos from a community Avis department in Lörrach, Germany. Just over the border from Basel, Switzerland, the car or truck rentals are usually much far more easy and moderately-priced.
For our highway trip via Southern Germany, we figured this journey would be no distinct. I reserved the motor vehicle and showed up on time to choose it up. Only this time the clerk (the same clerk I have been working with for a long time and who has never ever formerly introduced it up) demanded my global driving permit.
Ummm, my what?
He claimed it was German legislation. Absurdly, he also claimed he experienced warned me final time I rented a vehicle there. This was definitely not the situation and there was practically nothing shed in translation.
Heidi, my wife, was standing next to me and also incredulous at what the man was expressing. But he was adamant about it, warning us that he could lose his business license if he did not validate I had an Global driving permit.
At this issue, I was currently on my telephone seeking into how to get one immediately but my spouse just could not think it and went again and forth with him. In truth, my wife was so upset that this seemingly-arbitrary choice would hold off our plans that our following end was the police station.
She conferred with the officer on obligation about the make any difference and he stated as a subject of follow an worldwide driving allow would never ever be requested from a overseas driver. So Heidi asked him to connect with the Avis business and inform the clerk that.
And the law enforcement officer agreed!
But the Avis clerk did not care.
And you know something? He had a stage. I looked up the regulation and it does appear that both an global driving allow or a translation of my U.S. license from English to German is needed. Not that I experienced ever been asked for either one particular in my dozens of rentals in Germany above the yrs.
Our future stop was the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) in city, the German equal of the AAA in the Usa. I requested the agent if she could officially translate my drivers’ license to German.
She nodded and reported it would be 50€. Wonderful, great.
I handed more than my license and she stated the translation would be ready…in two weeks. I quickly received my ID back again.
So without an IDP or translation, the clock struck noon and the Avis business office shut for the remainder of the weekend.
How We Settled The Concern
My mom-in-legislation finished up driving us to Stuttgart wherever I experienced reserved a auto at Stuttgart Airport. To make certain there would be no concerns, I acquired a digital international driving permit from e-ita.org and experienced it completely ready for presentation.
Of course we were being not asked for it…
And in two subsequent rentals given that then, which include one from the exact Avis branch in Lörrach for Xmas very last 12 months, we have not been asked for an IDP.
I’m not angry at the Avis agent for implementing guidelines which do look to be on the book. But I am let down that Avis makes no mention of the will need for a translation or IDP on its internet site or reservation affirmation. I’m also a bit perturbed that in my numerous yrs of leasing cars and trucks from the same Avis workplace, this marked the to start with time this request has at any time been designed.
So a warning: you may well need to have an global driving permit. in Germany. Maybe…
This is part of my summer in Germany trip report.