question for USA & Europe natives

  • meezo

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    Jul 12, 2013 11:53 AM GMT
    hey all
    I just have this little question.
    I have automatic driving licence.
    If I want to live and work in Europe,will I face difficulties in buying or renting a car there? Because I heard that 80% of the cars there are manual, and just a small percentage use automatic
    and the same question about USA.
    Thanks in forward
  • kew1

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    Jul 12, 2013 12:16 PM GMT
    You can specify automatic when you rent a car (I have before) in Europe .Should be no trouble buying an auto here,they've become much more popular in recent years.
    Any car I've rented in the USA has been auto, didn't get the option of manual.

    In the Uk you'll only be allowed to drive an auto, your license wont cover you for manual.Not sure about other countries.
  • meezo

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    Jul 12, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    kew1 saidYou can specify automatic when you rent a car (I have before) in Europe .Should be no trouble buying an auto here,they've become much more popular in recent years.
    Any car I've rented in the USA has been auto, didn't get the option of manual.

    In the Uk you'll only be allowed to drive an auto, your license wont cover you for manual.Not sure about other countries.

    Thank you very much for your reply
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 12, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    kew1 saidYou can specify automatic when you rent a car (I have before) in Europe .Should be no trouble buying an auto here,they've become much more popular in recent years.
    Any car I've rented in the USA has been auto, didn't get the option of manual.

    In the Uk you'll only be allowed to drive an auto, your license wont cover you for manual.Not sure about other countries.

    I've never had an automatic when I rented in the UK. Always manual. I didn't even know it was possible. And it's tricky because the stick is under your left hand, not the right. Mirrors are up left and down right. Feels like swinging a left handed golf club. Got used to it, though.

    The US is 100% automatic on rentals.
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    Jul 12, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    It's true the big majority of cars are manual in Europe, but more and more, people are going for automatic. It's just a bit more expensive.
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    Jul 12, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    Yes in EU you have more cars that are manual,but maybe you can also rent an automatic.I personally think manual is way better then automatic.
    And in the US i don't really know but i think majority drives an automatic.
  • kew1

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    Jul 12, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    kew1 saidYou can specify automatic when you rent a car (I have before) in Europe .Should be no trouble buying an auto here,they've become much more popular in recent years.
    Any car I've rented in the USA has been auto, didn't get the option of manual.

    In the Uk you'll only be allowed to drive an auto, your license wont cover you for manual.Not sure about other countries.

    I've never had an automatic when I rented in the UK. Always manual. I didn't even know it was possible. And it's tricky because the stick is under your left hand, not the right. Mirrors are up left and down right. Feels like swinging a left handed golf club. Got used to it, though.

    The US is 100% automatic on rentals.


    Just looked at National car rental's site, they have autos. Not cheap though. If living/working here, the OP should buy one & sell it when he leaves. Or a car club.

    Your driver's license will only be valid for one year (in the UK,again not sure about other countries), after which you have to take a UK test (unless the law's changed recently). A friend used to get round that by leaving the country,even if just for a couple of days & getting his passport re-stamped on entry.
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    Jul 12, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    You can get an automatic car in Europe and in the States. I don't see why you shouldn't be able to. :p
  • FitGwynedd

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    Jul 12, 2013 6:20 PM GMT
    Learn how to drive manual. I've taught people how to drive manual in less than 15 minutes.
  • meezo

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    Jul 12, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    thank u all
    very much appreciated
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    Jul 12, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    I don't see how you could be allowed to take a driving test with an automatic car in the first place to be honest.

    And I don't understand why people would drive automatic cars in the first place, there's a lot more pleasure(I don't like driving that much to start with) and you drive way better with a manual car.

    To answer your question, I'm pretty sure you can specify that you want an automatic car, they would probably be used to people from other countries not driving automatic cars that much.

    Hope you have a good time wherever you're planning to go.
  • Stregone

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    Jul 12, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
    If God wanted us to drive manual cars he wouldn't have invented the automatic ones
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    Jul 13, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    Hm interesting, I don't know how it is in Europe but in the state/US/Cali for example, you'll learn how to drive a car either Automatic or Manual transmission. Then you have to pass the driving test to get a license here in the state through DMV - Department of Motor Vehicle. You might have to learn and retake the US written and driving test again, I don't know if they accept Foreign license since American driving laws are different. That's my thought. (Do your research on this one). As far as Manual transmission goes, I haven't seen that since like forever! Driving automatic just makes things a lot easier. 90% of US (newer cars here) are Automatic.

  • SFTigger

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    Jul 14, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    In California, a license to drive an automobile makes no distinction between automatic and manual transmission. Further, most foreign driver's licenses are accepted as licenses to drive in California -- provided that you are a visitor, not intending to set up residence in the state.

    US car rentals are almost invariably of the automatic transmission variety. You'd likely have to specifically request a manual transmission when you reserve -- and then double-check when you actually get the vehicle if you wanted manual.