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Car rental for 7, should we get one or two vehicles?

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Ron and I are taking our son and his family to France for two weeks June 2014. Our first week we will be dividing our time between Normandy and the Loire, staying at a B&B in Bayeux and another near Montrichard. We only need a car for one week as our second week will be in Paris.

I'm starting to price car rentals on Autoeurope; expecting, if we decide on one large vehicle, that we will need to reserve sooner rather than later.

We will be a family of 4 adults and three boys, ages currently 12, 09, 09. Autoeurope shows a rental for both a 7 passenger Ford Max and also a 9 passenger Renault vehicle. I personally would like to keep our family in one car but I've read more positive comments about renting two cars with so many people.

Ron and I have been to the Loire and Normandy several times and don't remember having any problems driving around or problems finding parking but we were always in a small car. I don't think we will find town streets like the hill towns of Italy where we will be visiting in Normandy and the Loire. We are taking a tour with a guide driving us in his vehicle around the D-Day sights, if that should make a difference in our rental choice.

Our son is willing and able to be the second driver if we decide two cars would be better than one. Can anyone give me advice from experiences renting a "big rig" ;;) The only person I know who had one car for 7 was in Tuscany and for them it was a travel nightmare--never to be done again!!

We can certainly rent two cars cheaper than one large people mover but I've never been a fan of traveling as a caravan. Our son is a much faster driver with professional driving school experience compliments of Ford Motors but we will have the GPS---which will be worth its weight in gold---a wonderful equalizer to Nathan's speed ;;)

Thanks for any comments or suggestions to help us decide what size vehicle(s) to rent, Deborah

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