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Loire Valley: Car Hire?

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My wife and I are planning a short stopover in the Loire Valley from 9-16 April 2012. We plan to stay in Amboise from 9-13 April and apart from looking around Amboise, do a few day trips from there. On 13 April, we're planning to head firstly to Blois and then on to Chambord and finish up the day in Chinon. We will then stay in Chinon until 16 April when we plan to return to Paris.
We'd be really grateful if fellow forumites could help with some advice on a few car hire issues:
(1) any suggestions on car hire companies? (it seems the only car hire available in Amboise in Europcar but since there is no Europcar office in Chinon, it looks like we would have to return the car to Saumur). Are there any Europcar Offices closer to Chinon?
(2) we would like to use Hertz (personal preference) and there is a Hertz Office at St Pierres des Corps Station in Tours so I guess we could pick-up/return the car there. Does anyone have any experience in how easy/difficult it is to get into/out of St Pierre des Corps Station? Have found trying to find/get your car into some car hire offices/lots at larger train stations and airports can sometimes be a challenge.
(3) would it be better to get a smaller car? We're not sure how wide/narrow the roads are in Amboise/Blois/Chinon etc. but based on previous experience in the south of France, thought we should aim for a smaller car. (Would ideally like to be able to put both of our suitcases in the boot/trunk of the car).
Would really appreciate any advice anyone has to offer on hire cars - as well as any other advice on Amboise and Chinon and daytrips from there.
Thanks!

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