While renting a car may seem trivial, there are a few things you should know before you get started. Discover five frequently asked questions about leasing.
Over the years, the French have become more and more followers of short term rental, which has established itself as a very practical solution for those who do not wish to travel with their personal vehicle. It must be said that the offers have multiplied over the years, both for professionals and rental services between individuals, more and more popular with drivers. But if borrowing a car has therefore become quite an innocuous gesture, there are nonetheless some small subtleties that it is important to look into. Auto-Moto answers five frequently asked questions, in order to make you real short-term rental professionals!
Can we modify or cancel a reservation?
If the precise conditions depend on each rental company, it is generally quite possible to cancel or modify a reservation. Most of the time, you can do this free of charge up to 24 hours before departure, and you will have to pay if you make any changes after this time. Note that it is generally not possible to change the duration of a rental once it has started. It is therefore best to cancel it and start over if you cannot do otherwise.
Can I lend the wheel to someone else?
Contrary to what one might think, it is possible to pass the wheel to another person, although several criteria must be met. First of all, it must be the holder of a driving license (this is obvious, but it is better to remember it) and must have been declared as additional driver from the lessor. This usually involves the payment of a supplement, which is around 30 to 40 € approximately. It’s a cost, sure, but don’t try to avoid it. Because in the event of a claim caused by an undeclared driver, you risk very big!
Can I take my car from an agency and return it elsewhere?
Are you planning to take a car at Marseille airport and travel to Nice? Don’t panic, it won’t be necessary to bring the car back to its starting point, and fortunately. That is the job of the rental companies, who will take care of repatriating the vehicles to the right agency. By the way, you may not have known it, but it is possible to take advantage of this system to rent cars for less, by playing the role of conveyor. A very economical device, but which will not leave you the choice of the car, nor of the place of departure and arrival.
From what age is it possible to rent a car?
It is legally possible to rent a car from the age of 18. However, the young drivers being considered “at risk”, rental companies tend to impose a certain length of service, generally ranging from one to three years of license. A duration that can also vary depending on the type of vehicle, a sport generally requiring more experience than a city car. Note that additional charges may also apply if you are a young driver, and it is best to compare the different offers to choose the most advantageous.
What do I need to provide to rent a car?
To be able to rent a car, you will only need three documents:
- A valid identity card
- A valid license
- An international credit card in your first and last name (debit cards are not accepted)
It will also be necessary to pay a caution varying according to the type of vehicle, which will then be retained by the lessor in the event of a claim, in order to cover the excess.
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