Like all European countries, Germany car rental contracts call for fees over and above the basic rate. Price quotes from most car rental companies and brokers include value added tax, unlimited kilometers, plus third-party liability and fire insurance, and "premium station" fees if the rental originates at an airport or rail station. There can be other fees, however. They include:

Additional Drivers: Europcar charges €8 per day to a maximum €50. Avis charges €6 euros per day to a maximum of €60 for each extra driver. Hertz's fee is €12 per day, €12 a week, to a maximum €180 per rental.

Winter Tires: Now mandatory on Germany car rentals and you can be fined if caught driving in snow without them. Usually included in the quoted rate.

Road/Registration Fees: Typically about $1 - $1.50 per day.

GPS: Sometimes free on upscale cars but not on economy, compact or midsize vehicles. Prices vary from about €7 per day to around €16 per day. Some GPS systems furnished with Germany rental cars operate only in Germany.

Equipment Rental: Baby/child seats are usually available for about $10 per day on Germany car rentals to a maximum of about $65 per rental. Ski racks are available for most cars at about $9 per day to a maximum of about $60 per rental. Luggage racks are generally not available on Germany rental cars.

Germany Car Rental Delivery/Collection: For an additional fee, and under certain conditions, most Germany car rentals of more than four days can be scheduled for hotel delivery and/or collection. Fees start at around $35.

Optional Insurance: See our section on Car Rental Insurance