I’m taking a short trip to Italy soon. What’s really frustrating is that I’m not going long enough to take advantage of the French auto leaseback.
Renting a car in Europe is an adventure in tacked-on hidden costs. Paid for no-deductable insurance? Fine, there’s a 35 Euro fee for paperwork if someone runs into you in a parking lot. It’s probably explained somewhere in tiny print, but then there are those other charges…
Like why should it cost 6 Euros a day to put someone else’s name on the contract as a second driver? That’s nuts. Sure, it allows a company to offer a low cost lowball figure to put in big letters on their web site. Don’t be sucked in.
Read the fine print. All of it.
Leasing is a much better option. You get a new car, full insurance coverage, and pretty much anyone with a license can drive it.
You don’t have to find a gas station within fifty feet of the return point to fill the thing up at-then worry that if it didn’t quite fill all the way the rental company will charge you their customary arm, leg, and your first child. And it better be a boy. Return your lease car empty as a politician’s noggin. They don’t care.
And nobody’s smoked in the darn thing. Think of it, clean ashtrays. You can keep your autostrada change in them.
Leasing is a great option. Want more info? We have an arrangement with Auto Europe. They lease Peugeots. Check out their Buy Back Program on the Auto Europe website.
If you prefer a Renault, they have a program as well. Head over to Renault Eurodrive to check out the cars.
Here’s the list of benefits Renault lists over renting:Brand New Car
- Unlimited Miles
- Free GPS
- No Hidden Fees
- Tax-free Program
- No Age Restrictions
- Free Additional Drivers
- Drive in Eastern Europe
- Zero-deductible Insurance
- 24/7 Road Side Assistance
Think on that a while. Then make your vacation a long one and don’t sweat the door dings.