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Car hire in France

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Car hire in France

I'm planning to rent a car from Bordeaux and drive down to Biarritz and San Sebastian, and finally to return it in Bordeaux. This will be my first time to rent a car and this also is why I'm quite concerned being rip-off after reading all reviews of car hire experience.

Is there any car rental company of (relatively)better credibility and service?

Would there be any problem if I drive the car to Span for a day?

Should I better reserve a GPS from the car hire company or a pre-installed map on phone will be fine?

Edited: 14 April 2014, 16:12
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1. Re: Car hire in France

I have hired cars all over the world, including France, from all sorts of companies and have never been ripped off. Perhaps that is because I read the booking form/conditions and am very clear what I am being asked to pay for. I also arrange my own CDW insurance (insurance4carhire is my usual, but there are others).

You are unlikely to be able to take a hire car from France to Spain.

I always use either Google Maps or Tom Tom on my smartphone - MUCH cheaper than hiring a satnav.

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I have been using AutoEurope for car hires for 35+ years, hundreds of rentals, and never been ripped off, either.

I don't see why you couldn't take the car into Spain for a day or so. I've done that from France many times.

Can't help with the GPS; I don't like them or use them. I prefer Michelin paper maps.

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3. Re: Car hire in France

The standard T&C of all the major companies say that you can take the car into any mainland western European country (except sometimes Italy) unless you rent a specialised car.

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4. Re: Car hire in France

For car rental, use Autoeurope as mentioned. These days, Autoeurope might give you some small regional companies which you should avoid. Stick to the majors.

A GPS will prove to be extremely useful for travelers who are conditioned to using it. I don't advise renting one from the car company though as you can buy one online for cheap these days. I can't guarantee individual companies, but if you are from HK, you will find Garmin units on sale at Taobao. Make sure you get the ones with European maps included. Alternatively, you can purchase from overseas Amazon sites, etc.

For pre-installed phone maps to work properly, you will most likely need a data plan while traveling. I have never tried this so I can't vouch whether their software works well.

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5. Re: Car hire in France

Thanks for all valuable replies!

The cheapest deal offered by AutoEurope at the moment is Thrifty. There is also an option of Refundable Excess Insurance of about 9euro/day, does this policy covers most of the damages or I should go for a third party insurance? I know this kind of insurance can be tricky sometimes.

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Third party excess insurance is almost half the price.

In some cases, if you buy the insurance from the rental co then they will claim the excess off the insurance co but will charge you a service fee. But i don't know how you could check this in advance. If you buy third party insurance you will need to pay the excess and claim it off the insurance co.

In some cases there is a surcharge for taking thecar across a border. You will need to phone to check this.

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