Car rental tax in Germany

Old Jan 17th, 2008, 11:19 AM
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Texas..
the mysterious 20% on your bill is the VAT in Austria, which is one percentage point higher than in Germany.
The item surcharge ($70) could be the mandatory winter equipment (tires) which is €4.something per day (only applicable for winter rentals, of course).
Gas is cheaper in Austria, though.
When renting a car IN Austria, it will have the motorway toll sticker.
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 11:47 AM
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Winter tires for a May rental? That seems odd...

Thanks for the reminder about the toll tag sticker. We bought them last year when we spent time in the Salzburg area... I think they were something like 8€ each for a week? Hopefully they will be already on the rental car, but if not, I'll be sure to look for a sticker that will cover our time there.
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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Sorry, did not know that your rental will be in May. That winter tire surcharge is only applicable until March 31. Must be something else then.
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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No worries Cowboy! I appreciate the response. We will be renting in the winter at some point because we want to visit the Christmas markets... so I'll tuck away the winter tires info for that trip
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Aggie, if I remember correctly, I think the Vignettes are good for 10 days. At least the 8E ones are.
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