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Car hire agencies in France generally require you to be at least 21 years of age and to have held your driving licence for at least 1 year before you can rent a car.
When renting, consider well the services that may be included in the quote such as insurance for damage, tax, accident coverage clause, to name but a few.
Be aware that not all companies apply the formula of kilométrage illimité , i.e. unlimited mileage to allow you to drive as much as you want.
Many companies, when you pick up your car, will ask you to leave a copy of your credit card receipt with the agency, signed but without the figure on it: this is a deposit(caution) and when you return the car make sure it is destroyed.
Remember that all French-registered rental cars carry a distinctive sign on the number plate to make them immediately recognisable, so be careful not to leave valuables in the car as they can be easily identified by potential thieves.
To save money, we recommend that you rent your car well in advance, especially during the busiest tourist months.
Insurance is normally included in the rental package, but the damage coverage clauses can vary greatly depending on the rental company.
The most important item to consider and assess is the franchise, i.e. the amount you will be required to pay to the company in the event of an accident at your fault, theft or damage to the car by unknown parties. This is usually around EUR 500 for a small vehicle.
The following models are some examples of the cars that you can rent in France.
Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in France.
More and more people are choosing to rent a car to reduce contacts and increase social distancing, avoiding the often crowded public transport.
Car rental companies are committed to higher hygiene standards to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.
All the safety measures we are accustomed to are taken at the rental desks and the cars are disinfected after each rental, especially the areas most at risk, such as seats, gearboxes, handles and steering wheel.
Undoubtedly yes. During the pandemic, almost all car rental companies in France were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.
When tourism in France has restarted, due to the crisis in raw materials and electronic components, they have not managed to buy back enough cars.
The consequence is that today every company has far fewer cars than in 2019 and cannot cope with the high demand. This leads to higher prices and less availability, especially during the high season.
The advice we give you is therefore to book the car well in advance, both to get the best prices but above all to be sure of having a rental car.
To reserve a car in France a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:
The car rental companies in France allow to rent a car to all those who are between 21 and 70 years old. However, there is an additional cost for under 25 and for those over 70.
A car rental in France always includes:
Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.