For many people looking for automatic car hire Canada has a great array of rental options to choose from, via all the big budget brands including Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Rent-a-car, EuropCar and other local brands. Branches are found in all the commercial airports, cities and towns and alongside many interstates and transport hubs.
Many people find that choosing a model is their favourite point of the hire experience – and in Canada, there is plenty to choose from! Cars in Canada tend to be big, thanks to the large expanses of terrain present and mixed condition roads between towns and cities. The cost of gas in Canada tends to be cheaper than in Europe too, making automatic and larger cars easier to run. The most common type of rental car in Canada is the larger saloon model – hatchbacks are less common.
Popular models include the Dodge Caliber, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Impala, Suzuki Swift (a good economy model for city driving), a range of Chryslers for luxury driving, premium pick-up trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado or mid-size SUVs such as the Ford Escape. Alternatively, enjoy a convertible, such as the Chrysler Sebring.
The majority of cars and trucks in Canada (and the USA) are automatic and in fact manual cars are the exception to the rule. An automatic car can be useful for those nervous about driving in a new country for the first time – particularly Brits who are used to driving on the left – and who prefer to focus on the signage and road terrain rather than worrying about unfamiliar operations or mechanics of a new car.
It’s worth researching local driving tips in Canada before hitting the roads. For example, signage in the French speaking parts of Canada, such as Quebec, may be in French and it’s useful to have some knowledge or understanding of basic road commands in French when travelling in the region. Equally, in some areas, daytime running lights are required at all times, with the risk of fast moving fog.
With care and preparation to follow local driving rules and customs, driving in Canada should be a greatly enjoyable experience, especially with the fantastic landscapes and scenery. For easy rental, have your driving license, credit card and insurance details kept quickly to hand and consider taking out special rental insurance through our third party provider to protect any excess amounts shown for CDW or Theft.