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Route 66 is arguably the most iconic road trip in the world, so deciding what car you should choose is an important decision. You can of course ship your own car over to the USA, however this is something you really need to think about, alternatively the most popular option is hiring a car for the journey.

Hiring a car in the USA

This is by-far the most popular choice for our customers on our Route 66 Tours. We offer a choice of vehicles, utilising some of the USA's best known car rental companies including; Alamo and Dollar. Car Rental in the USA offers you the peace of mind that , irrespective of what problems you may encounter during your journey, there is support on hand 24 hours a day.

Our Car Hire Inclusions:

  • Unlimited Mileage

  • Collision Damage Waiver (Zero Excess)

  • Theft Protection Waiver (Zero Excess)

  • $1 Million USD Liability Cover

  • Local Sales Taxes

  • Airport Surcharges/Fees

  • Homeland Security Fee

  • Customer Facility Charge

  • Mechanical Assistance

  • Up to 3 Additional Drivers

  • Initial Tank of Fuel (You return the car empty)

Additional Costs (Not Included)

  • One-Way Fee - payable locally when you return your car (approx. $600-$700)

  • Fuel other than initial tank

Your Choice of Cars:

Despite regular request from clients to be able to hire a Classic American Car, this option is simply unavailable as there are no companies that offer this option. The types of vehicle available for hire does depend on where you start your journey.


If you are looking for an iconic modern day American Classic, Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camero convertibles can be pre-booked from Orlando Florida at a supplement. However if you choose to start your journey in Chicago, we are normally only able to pre-book a regular car or SUV. Having said this, it is possible that you may be able to upgrade to a convertible or similar once once you are in the USA. Any upgrade charges would be your responsibility and would be payable locally.

Standard Car - Chevrolet Cruze/Malibu or Similar

  • Standard

  • Up to 4 Passengers

  • 4/5 Doors

  • 2/3 pieces of luggage


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Upgrade to a Full Size SUV - Chevrolet Suburban / GMC Yukon or similar

  • Fullsize

  • Up to 7 Passengers

  • 5 Doors

  • 3/4 pieces of luggage


Upgrade costs - From Chicago - On Request

From Florida - On Request

Upgrade to a Mustang/Camero Convertible or similar (Florida departures only)

  • Convertible

  • Up to 2 Passengers

  • 2 Doors

  • 2 pieces of luggage 


Upgrade cost - On Request

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Note: Luggage space is limited due to the roof folding into the boot
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Shipping your own car

There are numerous shipping companies that will ship your car to the USA, however as this is not our field of expertise, we are reluctant to recommend any particular company. If this is an option that you wish to consider, you will need to ship your car into the East Coast and back from the West Coast. Having had several clients take this option, we believe the cost of shipping is in the region of £4000-£5000.

Things to remember

  • It is your responsibility to ensure your car arrives in the USA in time to begin your journey on Route 66

  • You should make sure the shipping company is fully insured and include all of the documentation for your vehicle in the USA

  • You will need to arrange Insurance Cover & Breakdown Cover for your car whilst it is in the USA

  • In the event of an accident or breakdown resulting in a delay during the journey, it will be your responsibility to re-arrange any accommodation to enable you to catch up or complete your journey on Route 66.

  • Finally, in the event of your car being unable to complete the journey, it will your responsibility to make any arrangements necessary to repatriate your vehicle to the UK, or cover any costs involved if you were to decide to leave your vehicle in the USA beyond the designated import duration.

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