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One of the most important decisions when traveling is to choose the transportation in the arrival destination. There are those who prefer to use public transport or those who prefer to order taxis to go from one place to another. This article is for those who prefer to rent a car, and specifically, for those who prefer to rent a car in Chile.
You can’t rent a car in Chile if…
However, there are more requirements for you to rent a car in Chile that you must take into account. Keep reading and then we are going to tell you everything you need to know.
Along with the number of passengers and the comfort levels that each person requires, the choice of a vehicle will depend on the travel destination:
For those who only want to visit tourist centers, a small or medium car will suffice.
Those who seek to visit national parks in the mountain range or have remote places as their destination (such as the Carretera Austral), should, if possible, choose an all-terrain vehicle with simple traction (Pickup 4×2) that is high enough, since in many cases the access routes to such places are gravel roads and full of holes.
For expeditions in uninhabited regions and away from regularly traveled roads (for example, access routes to starting points for mountain ascents) and in high altitude areas, a four-wheel drive vehicle (Pickup or Jeep 4×4) is recommended. This type of vehicle is notoriously more expensive than the 4×2.
For long trips on rough roads, the general recommendation is to choose a pickup truck rather than a jeep. The trucks are more stable, firmer, and easier to drive than a jeep. This choice does not imply giving up comfort. The best truck models have spacious cabins (4 doors), seats, and air conditioning. With a dome or a tarp (both with additional payment and not available in all operators), you can protect your luggage from the rain and avoid a bit of dust. If necessary, have the car equipped with a second spare wheel and a spare fuel can – both can be very useful on long trips in regions far from inhabited centers.
According to what is reported on its website, the requirements that the company demands in order to rent a car are:
With regard to the Econorent company, it is reported that its website that the requirements to rent a car in our country are:
Finally, we have Europcar, a company which informs on its website that the requirements to rent a car in Chile are:
Prices may vary depending on the time of year, the company that is chosen and the demand that there is. In general, these prices are:
Currently it is possible to get good deals due to Covid-19. It’s best to check the current prices on the car rental companies’ websites directly.
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