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France - Car Rental
If you are visiting France for less than 90 days and you have a driver’s licence that has been issued in the EU or the US, or have an international driver’s permit you are able to drive in France. The international permit is recommended as it makes the paperwork easier if you need to deal with the authorities in the event of a car accident or theft from the car.
Car rental insurance is included in the cost of the rental and it will vary depending on a number of factors such as age of the driver, driving history and length of hire. In France, the minimum amount of cover required is fire and third party insurance and this is the cover which is included in all car hire agreements. The third party coverage is to ensure that damage to people and property outside the car is covered.
In addition to the basic insurance you can also have cover to protect you from collision damage and theft. These additions are often available to add on to the policy when you collect the car. As with all insurance policies the driver will have an excess on the policy and this varies. You can opt for a higher excess but drivers should be aware that if you hire a car the excess can sometimes run to several thousand Euros. There are companies which offer the opportunity to purchase an insurance policy against the excess, so that this is paid for you in the event of an accident or other claim. Car hire companies sell this type of extra policy but it is worth noting that you do not have to buy this insurance through the company but can simply shop around and find a much more cost effective deal.
A car that has been hired in France can only be driven in certain areas. With a French hire car you can explore most of Western Europe without restriction. If you hire a luxury car then you may find that there are more restrictions in place. If you intend to travel into Eastern Europe with a car hired in France then you need to make the car hire company aware of it so that they can ensure that the vehicle you hire will be allowed into the countries you are visiting. Countries that restrict entry include Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Macedonia, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. The car hire company you are using will be able to give you a complete list of restricted areas. If you want to go to one of these countries the type of car you hire will be restricted and the fees for hire will be increased.
It is possible to hire a car for a one way rental. These are generally unrestricted and there are few extra charges but if you are travelling to the island of Corsica or the city of Biarritz. If you need an international one-way rental then you will find that you need to pay much more and the type of vehicle you can hire is limited.
All the major airports have several car hire companies that you can choose from. These include internationally renowned names such as Hertz, Avis and Budget. In addition all towns and cities have several organisations that you can use. Booking in advance is the best option for the cheaper prices.
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