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Trip Report Cars in France

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Just some statements/thoughts about renting cars in France. Hopefully, they may help someone. My husband and I just returned from our trip, where we rented a car for 4 days to drive around the Cote d'Azur and Provence.

1- We reserved an automatic, which is totally different than what we are used to in the US. It is more like a semi-automatic. Only has 3 gears - reverse, Auto, and neutral.( It also seems to have various gears if you choose to use the stickshift.) You have to park in neutral and put on parking brake. Also, it changed gears like a manual transmission, and always jerks backwards before going forwards. I give my husband a lot of credit for safely driving us around without hitting or backing into something. It seems to be the norm with cars rented in France and Italy. I don't recall having this problem when we rented a car in Germany a number of years ago.

2- Gas. Many, if not most of the stations are unmanned, and our US credit card doesn't work in the pumps because we don't have a pin number. We had a really tought time finding a station with an attendent, especially on a Sunday.

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