Renting a car: things you should learn

Insurances to rent a car

In general, third party insurance is included in the rental price. It covers property damage and personal injury to a third party and their vehicle, even if you are at fault. You can also take out additional insurance to be covered in case of damage to the rented car.

Renting a car: checking the vehicle

Before getting behind the wheel of the rental car, it is important to check the condition of the vehicle (interior and exterior) in the presence of the lessor. If you notice any problems, do not hesitate to report them in the rental contract, because when you return the vehicle, the lessor may ask you to pay for any damage for which you are not responsible. Please note that the starting mileage must be the same as the one mentioned on the contract. Visit and learn more about ranting a car.

Booking to rent a car

Book your vehicle in advance to avoid any risk of unavailability. Sometimes you can even get preferential rates by booking in advance. Departure date: if you cannot pick up the vehicle during working hours or on a public holiday, some agencies drop off the keys at a shop near the agency. Date of return: ditto for the return of the keys, you have the possibility to deposit them in the letterbox of the agency. Place of departure: you must collect the vehicle from the agency. Be careful because if it is located in an airport you will have to pay a surcharge (airport tax of about 25 euros). Place of return: with the large rental companies, you have the possibility of returning the vehicle outside the place of origin (any agency of the brand), for an extra cost of 15 to 30 euros.

Renting a car: can you go abroad?

You can use your rental car abroad even if this authorisation does not apply to all countries. Please check with your car rental company beforehand because if you do not respect the rule, the insurance of the vehicle will not be valid.

Renting a car: return conditions, inventory of fixtures and fittings

When you rent a car, its tank is full and you must fill it up before returning it. If this is not the case, the rental agency will take care of it but will apply its own prices, higher of course. Another possibility is to pay in advance for the full tank of the car at a preferential rate. Always return the car at the time agreed with the agency, because in case of delay, the agency will charge you for half a day or even an extra day.

Car rental options

If your route is not too long, opt for the "Limited Mileage" formula, as you will benefit from a better rate. You can also ask for accessories (baby seat, cooler, portable GPS) but they are often very expensive. Unlimited mileage can be a good alternative in case of high expected mileage. Please be aware that any overruns on limited mileage in the rental options will result in an overcharge per kilometre. This can be up to 50 cents per kilometre.
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