Car Leasing in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe on vacation, leasing a car could be the perfect way of travelling around the continent or UK and provide options not available through regular vehicle rental channels.
Car leasing in Europe is well established and dominated by French vehicle makers including Citroen, Renault and Peugeot. All vehicles are brand new and left-hand drive with pick-up and drop-off locations in major cities right across Europe and the UK.
Car leasing owes its origins to a French Government incentive scheme to encourage tourism in France. The tax-free buy-back program allows the 3 French car manufactures to lease out vehicles at discounted rates and receive tax credits. The program has proven to be very popular as well as successful with over 125,000 European visitors taking advantage of it each year.
The way it works is very simple and along the lines of a regular car lease. You lease the vehicle and the manufacturer guarantees to buy back the vehicle at the end of the leasing period.
To lease a car in Europe on this program you must be a non-European national and reside in a country outside Europe
Car leasing starts at 21 days through to 175 and offers the flexibility of picking up in one European country and dropping off in another. In addition, all vehicles come with full comprehensive insurance cover which removes that nagging worry about excess insurance liability.
All the paperwork is completed and submitted well in advance of your departure date. This is to allow enough time for your vehicle to be sourced, registered in France and then delivered to your pick-up location. Therefore, you have peace of mind knowing that everything has been organised prior to your arrival. We recommend allowing 6-7 weeks prior to departure.
The minimum car lease period is 17 days following which you pay a lower daily rate up to a maximum of 175 days.
Vehicles can be collected up at delivery centres across Europe (no home or hotel delivery service is available) and offer the flexibility of picking up in one country and dropping off in another. This may entail a pick-up/drop-off fee. This is factored into the upfront price. In France, which has the most delivery locations, there is no fee.
Drivers from the age of 21 are able to lease vehicles and there is no maximum age limit either, the only requirement is to hold a valid driving license.