Paris Car Rental and Lease
Renting a car and driving is a great way to see France. Visitors from the United States need to bring their US drivers license. Visitors from other countries should check to find out what the requirements are for driving in France. Here are some things to be aware of while driving in France:
French rental car contracts:
- What is your liability if the car is damaged or broken into?
- What is the agency's policy if the car breaks down. If you are required to bring the car to a local office to return it, are there offices in the areas you will be visiting?
- Read an English language version of the rental agreement before you go... what you sign in France may not be in English.
- What is the rate for your contracted length of stay? What is the charge for additional hours/days?
- Most rental cars in France have a manual transmission. If you are accustomed to automatic transmission make sure you specify this in advance. There may be an additional charge for a car with automatic transmission
- If you are picking up and returning the car in different cities, make sure you understand the location of the destination office.
Driving your rental car:
- Hide or remove any visible signs that the car is a rental and that you are a tourist (eg rental agency bumper stickers, English language maps, guide books)
- Check your guidebook for current information on French traffic laws
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