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December 26, 2011 6:00 PM Subscribe
Renting a car in BC to drive to WA state - Why can't I? How could I?
posted by seawallrunner to Travel & Transportation around Rossland, WA (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I would like to rent a SUV with winter tires so I can drive to WA state and cross-country ski in the Methow near Winthrop WA.
This trip would entail driving in the winter, a few months from now: over mountain passes, using windy roads, crossing an international border mid-province, then down a highway and a 2-lane highway to my final destination in Mazama in North-Central Washington.
Yes, crossing an international border. The buck stops there...
Any rental agency here in Vancouver BC will rent me a car - but admitting to plans for crossing the border automatically slams the door on the transaction. I called Budget and a few others and heard the same thing: no.
Do you know of any agencies that will allow this? Why can my friends rent a car at SeaTac and come up to Vancouver BC for a visit, but I cannot do the same from my province to visit WA? Who can I call that would allow this? Should I visit the rental franchises one by one to find one that allows this, or is it a unilateral NO across British Columbia?
If you rented a car in BC and went to visit your friends in the friendly state next door, I would like to hear from you - and find out who you rented from. Thank you in advance!!