Car rental in France

Sep 24th, 2002, 04:15 AM
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Bob Slone
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Car rental in France

We will be spending 12 days in France the first 5 in Paris. Can someone supply me with info. regarding car rentals and traveling throughout the country. Send email to [email protected], thanks
Bob
 
Sep 24th, 2002, 06:00 AM
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Just two pieces of advice:
1) Arrange the rental from here - much cheaper
2) Get Michelin maps for the areas you'll be traveling in.

For more Paris information go to www.anamericaninparis.com
 
Sep 24th, 2002, 07:14 AM
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Gretchen
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Try Autoeurope. And heed Fred's advice.
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 11:20 AM
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Bob Slone
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Thanks for the advise guys/girls. One more question. I am not familiar with the cars used by rental agencies in France. What size car do you recommend for 4 adults with one piece of luggage each, I hope?
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 11:28 AM
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Louis
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Renault Laguna ot Safrane.
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 11:55 AM
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John B.
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Oh yes and make sure you know how to drive a standard. Not many automatics in use.
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 12:44 PM
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Bob,
Hubby and I rented car from the States beforehand. We flew into Paris then caught a flight into Nice where we picked up our rental car. I believe it was pre-arranged from Hertz as it has been over 5 years ago? We chose a Peugot 4-door sedan automatic for our drive throughout France. As we had lots of luggage this was recommended to us. You want to have a trunk that hides luggage (deter the theives) as you park in different places/towns/villages and this car worked out very well in that respect. We had one slight problem with the opening and locking of the doors, but after a few days it became easy once you know how. The Hertz people were very helpful in explaining how the automatic works, etc.
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 02:14 PM
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See http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessages.jsp?fid=2&tid=26217891

for my recent report on the Renault VelSatis, the replacement for the Safrane.

Best wishes,

Rex

By the way, you aren't Bob Slone with roots in New Albany, IN, are you?
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 07:56 PM
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topping, for Bob
 
Sep 27th, 2002, 04:33 AM
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Bob: We rented through Hertz before we left home. We picked out car up at the Versailles location and took the train there -- the Hertz place is very close to the station. The bad thing was it was raining, and we were driving to Beaune, and even though we were trying to avoid Paris traffic, we got stuck in it trying to get around the city and out of town. But once we got away from Paris, driving was a breeze.
Our car was a VW Passat Diesel, and we loved it. We had a family of four and, and it was very comfortable and had enough trunk space for 3 large suitcases or 4 small ones.
Have fun!
Pam B.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 12:53 PM
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Bob,
Ask for a diesel if you can get one. Fuel is very expensive and diesel is more efficient.
Vic Noir
 
Oct 2nd, 2002, 04:43 PM
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Oct 2nd, 2002, 05:53 PM
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www.kemwel.com or www.sixt.com

definitely get Michelin maps before you go - or the whole atlas.

an xSara 4 door should be good enough.
 

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