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Short-Term Car Leasing in Europe

Renault and Peugeot tourist leases for overseas visitors

If you need a car in Europe for 21 days or longer and you reside outside the European Union, a Renault Eurodrive or Peugeot "Buy Back" tourist lease can help you save money and avoid insurance hassles.

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photoDo you live outside the European Union and need a car for several weeks or months? Short-term auto leasing  from  or Renault or Peugeot can help you save money and avoid insurance hassles.

The concept behind short-term leasing, or "purchase-repurchase," is simple:

photoIn France, the purchase tax on a slightly used car is much less than on a new vehicle. By leasing new cars to tourists at cheap rates, Renault and Peugeot create a supply of almost-new, reduced-VAT cars that can be sold to European citizens and rental firms at highly competitive prices. The result is a win-win-win situation for everyone involved--including you, the foreign visitor.

The benefits of short-term leasing are considerable:

  • You get a new car straight from the factory.

  • You save money because short-term leases aren't subject to VAT (value-added tax), which typically ranges from 16 to 21 percent for car rentals.

  • You get full comprehensive insurance, with no deductible and no extra charges for CDW or LDW. (See our rental-car insurance article, and you'll understand why this is a real plus).

  • You can pick up your car at one location and drop it off at another if you wish.

  • Age limits are minimal. Both Peugeot and Renault will lease to licensed drivers over the age of 18, with no maximum age. (In contrast, many rental firms won't do business with young drivers or adults over 70.)

The downside? There are just three:

  • The minimum lease period is 21 days. (You can return the car in 17 days if your trip is shorter, but you'll be billed for three weeks.)

  • You can be a citizen of any country, but your domicile or permanent address must be outside the European Union. Also, if you're a business traveler and your company is paying for the lease, the firm must be headquartered outside the EU.

  • Renault and Peugeot offer fewer pick-up and drop-off points outside France than traditional car-rental firms do, and you'll pay a surcharge to collect or return your car at some locations.

A friend of ours, Teresa Plowright, leased a car for a trip from Italy to Greece. To read about Teresa's experience, see her Renault Eurodrive review on page 2 of this article.

Related Web sites:

Renault Eurodrive our partner and reader favorite
Renault KangooRenault has a long history of short-term car leasing to travelers from outside the EU. The company offers a large selection of vehicles, ranging from the ultra-economical Twingo to 5-, 7-, and 9-seat vans. Two of the more fun models in the fleet are the roomy but fuel-efficient Kangoo (a vehicle that combines the best features of a car, a station wagon, and a van) and the Megane convertible.

Minimum lease period: 21 days *

Peugeot Open Europe "Buy Back" Program our partner
Peugeot is represented by Auto Europe. (If you click on the link above, you'll be taken to the Peugeot Open Europe page at Auto Europe's Web site.) Peugeot's car models range from econocars to luxury sedans and the Peugeot Partner, which squeezes a lot of interior space into a boxy SUV-like body.

Minimum lease period: 21 days *

* Pricing is based on a minimum of 21 days, but you can return the vehicle in as little as 17 days if you're unable to spend a full three weeks in Europe.

Also see:

Car Rentals: When to rent, when to lease
Use our comparison chart to determine whether you can--or should--choose a short-term tourist lease over a traditonal car rental.

Driving in Europe
This Europe for Visitors article has links to articles on driving in Europe, rental-car insurance, how to obtain an International Driving Permit, information on European traffic laws, and more.

Next Page: A traveler's report (Renault Eurodrive)

In this article:
Short-term car leasing in Europe
A traveler's report (Renault Eurodrive)

Also see:
Renault Eurodrive tourist car leases
Peugeot Open Europe "buy back" car leases
Driving in Europe
Car Rentals: When to rent, when to lease

Photos (top to bottom) Patric Sautelet, A. Chatelain, and C. Cugny.
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