Europcar Seattle Tacoma International Airport
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Europcar Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Seattle Tacoma International Airport is located nearby to the Interstate 5 that runs north to the city of Seattle, and south to the city of Tacoma. The airport is therefore found between these two cities, and serves all areas in western Washington. It is rated as the sixteenth busiest airport in the United States of America, as it handled approximately 32.8 million passengers in 2011. The airport is in the area of SeaTac and commonly referred to as the Sea-Tac Airport, and goes by the code of SEA. Europcar Seattle Tacoma International Airport is one of the car hire companies available for arriving passengers. They have many years of experience in the car rental industry, and can provide competitive rates for their airport customers.
The Sea-Tac Airport consists of four concourses that are connected to the Central or Main Terminal building. There are also the South and North Terminals, which are located further from the main building. They are satellite terminals, reached by an efficient and automated people mover system. Although there are many facilities within the airport complex, the car hire companies recently moved to a new location, in the north-eastern portion of the airport grounds. They can be found at the intersection of International Boulevard South and South 160th Street. Although now further from the terminal, passengers can still easily reach the Rental Car Facility by shuttle buses. The buses to Europcar operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and are available at frequent intervals. Passengers will therefore not wait long for their transport. The buses are also a complimentary service.
At the Rental Car Centre, Europcar customers are to collect their vehicles from the National Car Hire counters. National is a partner of Europcar, and they have offices around the world. Many of their locations are also at other major American airports, and in downtown areas of American cities. Passengers are always advised to book their vehicle in advance from Europcar, especially if a luxury vehicle is required. The cars with cheaper rental rates could also be in high demand from the Seattle Tacoma International Airport car hire companies. They are similar to the Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Focus, Nissan Versa and Toyota Corolla. These cars often have air conditioning, room for four or five passengers and two luggage items, AM/FM Stereo and CD players, and two or four doors. They are easy to drive with automatic transmissions.
More expensive vehicles are usually larger, and may be similar to the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon, Lincoln MKS and Cadillac DTS. There are also SUVs for hire, such as the Ford Escape, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban and Lincoln Navigator, as well as minivans, passenger vans, crossovers, pickups and convertibles. The larger SUVs and the vehicles found in the Minivan category (Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna) can seat seven or eight passengers, and up to fifteen people can ride in the Chevrolet Express, a Passenger Van. Vehicles that are often found in the other categories mentioned include the Dodge Journey, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado and Ford Mustang.
The Seattle Tacoma International Airport car rental companies offer many services. From Europcar, one way hires can be requested, and child seats, satellite navigation systems and hand controls for disabled drivers can be hired. Additional drivers can be listed on the rental contract as well. All these services or items will cost a little extra, apart from Europcar hand controls. This device is available free of charge to persons with a lower limb disability. It operates the brake and accelerator pedals of certain automatic vehicles that can be hired from Seattle Tacoma Airport. Hand controls require an advanced reservation. Child seats and GPS units should also be reserved in advance, as there is no guarantee to their availability upon arrival at the rental counters.
A one way hire is when the vehicle is permitted to be returned to a location other than Seattle Tacoma Airport. One way hires can be driven to all areas in Washington, and usually to cities or towns in the neighbouring states, such as Oregon or Idaho. A one way hire to the country of Canada may be more tricky to organise, as cross-border rentals are sometimes not permitted. Motorists travelling from the airport can take the Interstate 5 north towards downtown Seattle. This road also leads further in the same direction to Shoreline, Everett, Marysville and Bellingham, and south towards Tacoma, Lakewood, Olympia, Centralia, Kelso, Vancouver (WA) and Portland. The main road nearby leading east is the Interstate 90, towards Ellensburg. Always obey all road rules when driving in America, stay within the speed limits and try to avoid the Interstates of the cities during rush hour times if possible, as they can become congested.
Europcar requires their primary renters to have a valid driving license and a major credit card. The credit card is used to hold the estimated car rental charges at the start of the rental period, and can be used for the final payment due. A debit card is sometimes permitted for these purposes as well. Some credit cards accepted are American Express, Diner’s Club Int’l, AT & T Capital, GE Capital, Mastercard, Visa and Discover. All drivers should also be twenty-one years of age or older. However, drivers younger than 25 will pay higher rental rates for additional insurance. This is a mandatory fee that amounts to approximately $30.00 per day of car hire, and per underage driver listed on the rental contract. All further details are available from Europcar at Seattle Tacoma International Airport.
Seattle International Airport
National Car Hire Counters
17801 International Boulevard, 1st Floor
98158 Seattle United States of America
Telephone Number: +1 (206) 4335501