Car Hire South France

Apr 14th, 2009, 08:00 AM
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Car Hire South France

We plan on renting a car from Aug. 24/09 to Sep. 10/09. I have checked online for quotes which seem to be all over the place. All sorts of extra fees, taxes etc. on some but not others. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Apr 14th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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I always had good experiences with holiday autos. I understand that all insurances are included.

http://www.holidayautos.com
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Apr 14th, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Try https://www.economycarrentals.com/Default.aspx. I had good luck with them in Turkey and am considering them again for France this summer.
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Apr 14th, 2009, 08:13 AM
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Be sure to get a car as small as possible if you want to visit the villages where the streets are very narrow
and a big car hard to find parking spaces, diesel is less expensive,
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Apr 14th, 2009, 10:54 AM
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The taxes will be universal and equal. Sometimes these are not included in quotes but you will pay them none the less, sometimes when you pickup your vehicle. The 10€ road tax is an example.

Surcharges are another confusion. Pickup a rental at either an airport or train station and expect a surcharge of as high as 60€. These surcharges are generally site specific, not rental car or broker company specific. They are generally included in the quote but not always. You'll pay them (maybe locally at pickup) whether they are in the quote or not.

Not indicating your country of origin makes rental car suggestions all the more difficult. Some options are available to those from North America (credit card insurance coverage), Australians seem to have interesting lease options and programs that I have not seen from the US, and European residents may not have a lease option at all. You are on the edge of where leases become a consideration which might be a good solution.

Usually, the best prices are available from a broker who shops rental car companies for better pricing than you can obtain as an individual. Examples include:

http://www.autoeurope.com/
http://www.autofrance.net/
http://www.easycar.com/car-hire/destination/France.aspx
http://www.easyterra.com/
http://www.europebycar.com/index.html
http://www.france-car-hire-rental.com/
http://www.interrent.com/
http://www.kemwel.com/
http://www.novacarhire.com/

These companies usually have the most competitive rates.
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