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    France Car Rental FAQ

    Your France Car Rental Questions Answered

    Auto Europe has over six decades of experience in the travel industry and with over 20,000 car rental locations in France and around the globe we are equipped to answer all of your France rental car questions. If there is a question which we haven't answered here we invite you to visit our general car rental FAQ or to call us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555. Our team of award-winning reservation specialists is available 24/7 - we will be happy to provide the information you're looking for.

    What type of car is best for vacationing in France?

    The truth is that the answer to this question will vary depending upon how you plan to spend your time in France. It also depends upon the size of your vacationing party. If you plan to spend most of your time in a major city, a fuel efficient compact or mid-sized vehicle may be the right fit. If you're planning a European road trip with the whole family then a sprinter van or large SUV rental will likely make more sense. Love the finer things in life? Rent a luxury or sports car or kick off the shackles of traditional travel altogether and spend time touring the beautiful French countryside in a budget-friendly motorhome rental from Auto Europe.

    Will I pick up my rental car at the airport?

    The majority of rental car companies in France do have desks in or very near airport terminals, but this may not always be the case. At major airport terminals like the Marseille Provence Airport or the Nice Cote D'Azur Airport you'll find many convenient options, allowing you the freedom to choose your rental car provider. Auto Europe has a global network of car rental suppliers and we provide vehicles to travelers in over 20,000 locations around the world. This means that planning your trip to France is sure to be convenient. Pick up your rental car at the Charles De Gaulle AirportGare De Nice Ville rail station or elsewhere and enjoy a seamless one-way car rental to charming Bordeaux.

    How old do I have to be to rent a car in France?

    To rent a car in France a driver must be at least 21 years old and he or she must have had their license for a minimum of one year. The majority of car rental companies apply a young driver surcharge to anyone 25 years or younger that rents a car in France. While this fee isn't typically very high it's important to ask for details when you call Auto Europe. Additional information is available in the France Driving Age section of this guide.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?

    Yes. In order to rent vehicles in France you are required to have a valid credit card. This is because rental car companies generally place a hold on the value of the deductible for the vehicle you rent while driving in France. This amount will be refunded promptly when the vehicle is returned in good condition. It comes as a surprise to many people that a debit card will not be accepted while renting a car in France so be sure that you have a credit card with an available balance prior to departure.

    Can I drive my rental car outside France?

    The majority of car rental companies operating in France will allow you to travel to neighboring cities in Europe without additional charges. With that said, certain restrictions may apply and the best way to identify a rental which matches your planned itinerary is to request an online quote from a car rental brokerage. Auto Europe allows you to calculate international one-way fees as part of the online booking process and you can also call us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 to speak with one of Auto Europe's one-way European car rental specialists. Some companies will limit one-way rentals (for example you may not be able to drive a luxury car from France into some nearby countries) and certain Eastern European countries may be out of bounds as well. For specifics about your intended rental, contact Auto Europe.

    Can I extend my car rental contract while I'm traveling in France?

    Yes. If you'd like to keep your current vehicle for additional days or upgrade to a different model for a longer stay in France simply contact Auto Europe toll free from France at 00-800-223-5555-5. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a member of our team will be happy to arrange an extended rental.

    Are there special deals in France if I plan to stay for several weeks?

    Yes. Many rental car companies do offer discounts for long-term rentals. Additionally Peugeot offers a short-term lease program which allows travelers to France to drive a factory-new vehicle for 21 days or longer. Auto Europe has a special arrangement with Peugeot which allows us to provide our customers with unparalleled rates on this exciting European car lease option. If you're going to be in France for more than 3 weeks you might as well be driving a brand new car!

    Where should I keep my paperwork while driving in France?

    Auto Europe recommends that drivers keep their paperwork in a safe place within their rental car. This includes the rental agreement, relevant insurance paperwork and fuel receipts - anything that might be needed should you run into a disagreement with the supplier or get into a car accident while driving in France.

    What if I find a better deal on a car rental in France?

    If you do find a better deal on a French rental car there's good news: Auto Europe offers a best-rate guarantee which means if you find a lower rate for a comparable rental we invite you to complete our Guaranteed Best Rate form and we will give you a better deal. Not only does this save you money, it also provides you with the peace of mind which comes with knowing you've received the best deal in the industry.

    What sort of car rental insurance do I need?

    Auto Europe's France car rental rates include unlimited liability and fire insurance. Drivers could also consider purchasing supplemental insurance such as collision damage waiver (CDW) or personal injury insurance. Some credit cards do offer rental car insurance as part of their perks but it's important to verify the exact coverage. Do your homework in advance so that you're sure you're covered in the event that something does go wrong. For more information visit our France car rental insurance page.

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