General Conditions for car rental in Germany


At time of rental, when picking-up a car, AVIS customers may choose to accept or to decline optional coverage or insurance by checking into the corresponding box (accept or reject). Once the contract is signed and coverage/insurance is accepted, it will not be refundable.

• Currency:
Euro (EUR)
• Tax:
• Minimum age:
21 years.
A Young Driver fee applies for drivers under 25 years of age.
The cost of the Young Driver fee starts from EUR 11.90 per day, per driver; with a maximum charge of 10 days, per rental, per driver. Values subject to change.

Higher or lower minimum age limits may apply to certain car groups. Please, verify at time of booking.
• Driver’s License Requirements:
At time of rental, it is necessary to present the personal ID or valid passport and an International Driving Permit together with the driver's license issued at the renter’s country of origin. The latter must have been issued at least one year prior to rental. These requirements are valid for the renter and the additional drivers as well.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a translation of the customer's Driver's License only, and it alone is not accepted for the rental of a vehicle.
• Credit Card:
The renter will be required to present an international credit card accepted by Avis at the time of rental. Avis will generally request an authorization hold against the customer’s account for the estimated extra charges not included in the Voucher, such as gasoline, the deductible of the insurance, etc. When renting a LUXURY car the renter will be required to present two major credit cards issued by two different companies at time of the rental. One of the cards must be Golden or Platinum.
• Debit Cards:
Debit cards are not accepted.
• Additional drivers: All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age and driver's license requirements as the renter. All additional drivers must be present at time of pick-up of the rental vehicle.

Insurances and Coverages

• CDW coverage. Though OPTIONAL for renters of 25 years or older, this coverage for damage to the vehicle is included in the rates posted on this website. 
Depending on car group rented, customer is liable for an amount ranging between 18,000.00 EUR and 102,000.00 EUR if Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is not taken.  Purchase of CDW reduces liability to an amount between 850.00 EUR and 1050.00 EUR depending on car group rented in the event of an accident or parking damage to the Avis vehicle.

• Protection against theft (TP) is included in the rates posted on this website.
Depending on car group rented; customer is liable for an amount ranging between 18,000.00 EUR and 102,000.00 EUR if Theft Protection (TP) is not taken.  Purchase of TP reduces liability to an amount between 850.00 EUR and 1050.00 EUR depending on car group rented for theft of parts or all of the Avis vehicle.

Note: Unauthorized travel into restricted countries as per rental agreement, failure to summon police in an accident or and/or any violation of the terms and conditions of the rental agreement will void CDW & TP. Just ask at the Avis rental desk when you collect your car.

Global insurance coverages are always subject to change. Please verify at time of rental.

CDW-TP coverage - Deductibles

A € 850
B € 850
C € 850
D € 850
E € 1500
F € 1500
G € 1500
H € 850
I € 850
J € 1500
K € 850
L € 1500
O € 1500
• SUPER CDW - TP coverage: The customer has the possibility of eliminating CDW-TP deductible by purchasing the SUPER CDW-TP at the time of the opening of the contract. Some rates include this coverage. Request more information at Avis rental counter when you pick up your car. • PAI – Personal Accident Insurance: Avis PAI covers medical assistance and expenses in case of illness and/or accident, and a compensation for death or permanent disability of the renter and occupants of the Avis vehicle. Buying this insurance, the driver and occupants of an Avis car will be insured against body injuries if they occur while they are inside the rented Avis vehicle. The coverage will be valid until the date of return indicated on the rental agreement or any extension approved by Avis. Some rates include this insurance. IMPORTANT: Regardless of the insurance that has been bought, an administrative fee of EUR35.40 (Tax included) will be charged in the event of damage, theft or traffic violation.

Additional Charges

• Winter Surcharge: Between November 1st and March 31st, Avis fleet of vehicles in Germany is equipped with winter tyres. Depending on the rate booked, an additional cost for this service might be charged. Request more information at the time of booking.

Travel into other countries

Avis cars are permitted outside of Germany borders except for the following restrictions: 
Cross border rentals allowed into most European countries except cross border rentals are NOT permitted into:

Driving into Eastern Europe
Vehicles rented in Germany may travel into the following countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia under the following conditions:
•	Valid for certain type of vehicles.
•	The customer must advise at time of booking, entering “Travel East” followed by the name of the country/countries to be visited in the reservation. Ask Avis Helpdesk
•	One way to Eastern European countries are not permitted.
•	Additional fees may apply.

Travel into United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland
Cars rented in Germany are permitted to travel into the U.K. or the Republic of Ireland as long as they are returned to the mainland.
Note: Driving on the opposite side of the road with a car from Germany is difficult to get used to.

Travel into Switzerland
All vehicles driving on Swiss highways must purchase a special tax sticker (Swiss Hwy. Sticker). Cost is 40.00 SFR and is available for purchase at the border crossings. Customer is subject to a fine of 100.00 SFR if caught without the sticker.

Travel into Austria
All vehicles driving in Austria must have a Toll Sticker that can be purchased at the border. The Toll Sticker is available for specified length of use, with a minimum one-day purchase. Fines for neglecting to purchase the Toll sticker start at: 200 EUR.

Travel into Italy
Group J cars (Mercedes C, E and S-Class or similar cars) are NOT allowed into Italy.

Travel into France
Any car entering France must have two breathalyzer kits. Driver not having them in the car will be liable to a fine. The kits can be purchased at petrol stations. It is advisable to buy them before crossing the border with France.

Ferry transportation
Ferry transportation allowed into non-restricted countries, subject to the following conditions: If the vehicle for any reason is not in condition to be driven, the customer is responsible for the costs of transporting the car to the office where it was originally rented.

Last Update: 06/29/2017