Picking a hire car company was a challenge, trying to figure out a reputable company that wasn't crazy expensive and met a few key things such as:
-Ability to go into Canada
-Sufficient insurance coverage (since we don't have a US credit card or existing US insurance)
Included all of those things into the decision I picked Alamo for our LA car hire although there were some complaints on the reviews they seemed fairly reputable and were cheaper than most.
|Our first dusting of snow, that shut down Arizona.|
We have also booked a small SUV with National car hire from Toronto and will report how that goes when we get there...
Note: We are using an 'international money debit card' for most costs including the rental car and got stung with some nasty fees. Alamo charged a 'pending' transaction for the full amount when we picked up the car, which was fine, but it seems the pending transaction wasn't 'refunded' before the full amount was charged a few days before we returned the car. Not sure if that is a unique issue with our cards or a common issue.
--- Toronto Rental Update --------------------------------------
|Our trusty Tuscon in the sun on Prince Edward Isalnd|
Oh yeah, and as you can see driving in snowy areas your car will get dirty. Between slush, grit and salt the car develops quite a coating and you will go through a lot of windscreen wash. Make sure you buy the actually wash (available all over the place) so it doesn't freeze.