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  1. Car Rental Prices The least expensive rental cars in Turkey are compact cars with manual (stick shift) transmissions and small engines which run on unleaded gasoline. They cost around 40 to 70 TL per day, and the cost goes up from there if you want a larger car, a van, an automatic transmission, or a diesel engine. If you are carrying passengers and luggage, planning to drive in mountainous areas, or on secondary roads where you will need to quickly pass trucks and other slow-moving vehicles, opt for a car with a larger engine. The cost of a rental car in Turkey will also vary according to time of year (with prices being higher during peak season), as well as the amount of time you are renting the car for. There are discounts for renting for more than a week. If you want to drop off the car in a place other than where you rented it, you will also have to pay for someone to come out to pick it up again. Large and Small Companies Small, local car rental businesses usually offer lower rates than the international chains. Besides the latest model cars, they also have older cars that you can rent at a bargain price. However, if you have a problem and you're far away from the place where you rented it, a small company will only be able to assist you over the phone, whereas a larger company with multiple locations may be able to bring you a replacement car. Child Safety Seats You can rent a child safety seat for around 10 TL per day at most rental car outlets. You should arrange this at least a day in advance so they can make sure one is available. When to Use a Rental Car Gasoline is very expensive in Turkey, and you will probably pay more for gasoline every day than you pay for the rental car itself. If you are traveling for a long distance to see some far-flung sight, take a bus and get to a nearby bus station first. Then rent a car locally. You should only rent a car to travel long distances if you want to see and explore multiple places during your journey. If there is a popular sight anywhere near the town where you're staying, there will probably be a regular buses and a dolmuş service to get you there. If you use these services, you can go to the site, spend the day, then catch the bus or dolmuş back to town. It will cost you a fraction of what you would spend on a rental car. Where to Rent a Car Rental Car Company Offices Practically every city and town in Turkey has rental car offices.You can usually just walk in, fill out the forms, and drive away. However, during peak tourist seasons you should reserve the car at least one day in advance. Hotels and Pensions Most hotels and pensions in Turkey have a car rental company they deal with. Your hotel or pension manager can probably reserve a car for you and have it delivered to the hotel, where you can fill out the rental forms on the spot. Then when you're ready to leave, the car rental company will come and pick it up. Airports All commercial airports in Turkey have rental car outlets. If you want a car to be waiting for you when your plane lands, reserve one in advance. What You'll Need to Rent a Car in Turkey Be 21 to 75 years old Have a valid passport with current visa Have a valid driver's license from your home country issued for at least the past two years. No international driving license is required for citizens of the US, UK, or European countries. If you are from another country, check with your local Turkish embassy or consulate. Have a valid credit card (you will probably be required to use the card to assure a deposit, even if you are paying cash) A deposit, usually around 20% of the total fee or around 500 TL. This can take the form of a pre-approved credit card transaction which will be destroyed when you return the car Note: Under Turkish law, if you have been a resident of Turkey for six months or more, you must have a Turkish driving license to drive a car. While a company may rent you a car without one, if you have an accident, the insurance company may refuse to pay out because you were driving illegally. Fuel In Turkey, rental car fuel tanks are usually empty (sometimes dangerously so) when received. Your first stop will need to be at a nearby petrol station, unless you have arranged to have a full tank in advance. You will be expected to return the car with the same level of fuel in the tank. Fuel stations in Turkey sell Diesel (Dizel or Mazot), unleaded (kurşunsuz [ker-shoon-sooz]), and at some stations, Euro diesel. If you will be doing a lot of driving, the cheaper diesel fuels can save you money, even though a diesel or Euro diesel car is more expensive to rent. Using a GPS in Turkey You can bring your own GPS and use it while traveling by car in Turkey. Before you leave, however, you may need to buy and download a GPS map for Turkey from the manufacturer's website. Turkey is well covered by the GPS maps of the major GPS suppliers. Toll Roads, Tunnels and Bridges A few toll highways in Turkey have automated toll booths. You cannot pay the toll in cash-you need to have a Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi (huz-luh geh-jeesh see-steh-mee) or HGS (heh-geh-seh) toll transponder to pay the tolls. Bridges going in and out of Istanbul also use the HGS system. Bridges and tunnels in other parts of Turkey have tolls collected by local municipalities and private contractors, so they accept cash. Ask your rental car company if your driving itinerary requires an HGS transponder. They usually have some cars with these transponders already mounted. If you don't want to take the toll highways, you can also use secondary highways which run alongside, but you will need to spot the exit for these before you get so close to the entrance of the toll highway that you can't turn around. If you do happen to go through a toll booth without a transponder, an alarm will sound and a camera will photograph your car and its license plate. The fine is ten times the toll. The tolls are usually around 2 TL, so expect a fine of around 20 TL. See Also Car Rental Insurance in Turkey: A guide help you understand car rental insurance, and make sure you have the right coverage. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: Our forum for all things cars and driving. If you have a question, please ask it there. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. Collision Damage Insurance Collision Damage Insurance (CDI), also called Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), is practically always included with the cost of a rental car in Turkey. It covers damages to the rental car, with a deductible that you will have to pay before the insurance pays. If you pay a higher premium, you can eliminate the deductible and have the insurance cover all fees involved. CDW does not cover damage to headlights, tires, or the windshield. Headlights, Tires, and Windscreen You can also buy additional insurance to cover the headlights, tires and windscreen (windshield), or you can have these repaired at your own cost and return the repaired car. Car repairs like this are cheaper in Turkey than they are in the UK and European countries, and in many cases, installation is free. Personal Accident/Injury (PAI) Basically another word for medical insurance, PAI covers your doctor and hospital bills in case of an accident. It may also cover you for loss of limbs, sight, or other permanent injuries. If you have medical insurance, review your plan to see what you are already covered for, and if it covers you in Turkey. In many cases you can decline this coverage. PAI doesn't cover medical evacuation or trip cancellation. And it only covers you for those costs not already covered by an existing insurance plan. You can get trip cancellation insurance, which also covers medical evacuation, by searching locally or on the Internet for trip insurance. Third Party Liability Insurance Covers for damage to other vehicles or people. This is usually the minimum required by law and included in the rental agreement and price. Theft Insurance If your rental car is stolen, theft insurance pays the rental fees until the car is found. The limit is 30 days. It is usually already included in the rental agreement and price. Fire Insurance For damages caused by fire. This is usually included in the rental agreement and price. Loss of Use If you have an accident, and render the car unusable, you are liable to pay the rental car agency for the loss of their use of the rental car to make an income. Loss of use insurance covers this liability. Coverage With Your Credit Card If you use your credit card, you may be covered for some amount of rental car insurance, even trip cancellation. Check your credit card contract to see what it already covers, or call your credit card company and ask. Your insurance will be void under the following conditions: Are drunk or on drugs while driving Are speeding Don't report the accident to the police and have a copy of the police report Misuse or neglect the car Allow another person to drive the car if they are not designated as an additional driver Have an accident while driving outside of Turkey Important Considerations Different rental car companies have different policies. The above is only a guideline of what you can expect while renting a car in Turkey. Be sure to read the insurance coverage explanations on the back of your confirmation voucher or other documentation to know exactly what is covered, and for how much. If you already have car insurance, you may already be covered for some of the above contingencies when you rent a car. But if you file a claim on your own company policy, you will likely face higher deductibles for the next few years. If you opt for the rental car insurance, you won't have to worry about higher car insurance premiums if you have an accident. Cars are very expensive in Turkey. Even if you are renting the same car in Turkey that you have at home, the Turkish rental car may have up to three times the value of your car back home, and your insurance company may not pay the entire cost of repairs since it is based on your personal car's value, not a Turkish rental car. In the end, it is probably a safer bet to get the insurance coverage offered by the car rental company, and use that instead. See Also Car Rental in Turkey: A guide to renting a car in Turkey. Driving in Turkey: A guide for safe driving while in Turkey. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: If you have questions or comments about cars or driving in Turkey, please post them in our forum. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. Hi all I'm moving to Antalya and I just want to know can I rent a car with cash? I have read some documents about renting car in Turkey and I know passport, driving license and money are necessary. Also they want credit card. My question is can I rent a car with cash or deposit? Because I don't have credit card. Thanks buddies
  4. Hi,I am renting a car in mid April from Kayseri to Antaliya. I found a good rate a rentacarkayseri.com (rent a eCar). Are they reliable? Are there other cheaper car rental I should search? Thanks
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