Not everyone can enjoy taking their own vehicle to France by ferry from England and a vehicle is often required to get from one place to another while in France. If a person is traveling without a tour group or guide, the freedom of a vehicle is necessary and indispensable. Fortunately, the French welcome their visitors by providing a number of options for hiring a car for a day, a weekend or even for a much longer period of time.
Rental companies in France offer straightforward car rentals, but some companies have started to offer lease buyback plans for car renters. Although this might sound odd, the reason behind this creative marketing offer is that in France there is an expensive tax imposed on new car purchases. In order to save money on a ‘new’ car, the rental companies save by buying a car that is just a little used. The way it works is that a person leases a car in France for about the same price as a rental car without having to worry about additional insurance because it is already included on the car. The car needs to be ‘leased’ for a specific amount of time, which is usually just over two week before returning to car to be ‘pre-purchased’ without a new car tax. The downside to taking advantage of an offer like this is that although driving around France in a new car is ideal, there can be more paperwork involved that with a basic car rental.
A number of factors need to be considered when renting a car in France. Although many of the same rules of driving at home might apply in France, there may be minor differences that could, ultimately, cause problems. Many times when a person rents a car in a foreign country, the rental company will provide the customer with a guidebook on the driving rules in their country. In France, signs play a significant role in guiding drivers as to what to expect. Green signs mean that the roads are ‘free’ while blue signs that say ‘peage’ indicates that a particular road is a toll road. Other times, a sign that is pointing to the left generally means that drivers should go straight while a sign pointing to the left means to turn at the next right. Checking on the rules and guides about driving in France can often be done with at a rental company.
Traffic circles are common in France and often used instead of a four-way traffic light. Drivers can circle around the traffic circle as many times as it takes in the inner lane to find the direction they want to drive in before changing lanes and leaving the circle. There is often a fee for parking in major French cities and it is a good idea to honor these fees. There is nothing worse than visiting a foreign country and having the rental car towed for failing to pay for parking.
Finding the right rental car service is often as simple as locating the rental companies that serve the area in France a visitor is travelling to and selecting the best deal. France has hundreds of car rental locations around the country in order to serve any number of visitors throughout the year. Of course, airports in France have many car rental companies to choose from that are located right in the airport. Some of these companies can include Rent a Car in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Rent a Car in Marseilles Provence International Airport, Car Hire in Nice Airport, Rent a Car in Pau Pyrenees Airport, Rent a Car in Strasbourg Airport and many, many more.
Many visitors to France travel by means other than an airplane and require car hire locations in a number of places. Car rentals can be found in major cities as well as small towns including Alencon, Arles, Avignon, Blois, Cherbourg, Cognac, Le Mans, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Roscoff, Versailles and many other locations. A vacation in France with a rental car provides visitors with flexibility, comfort and freedom as well as security.