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Short-Term Car Leasing in Europe

Renault, Peugeot, and Citroën tourist leases for overseas visitors

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

Peugeot Traveller

ABOVE: The Peugeot Traveller is the perfect van for large families or small groups.

For cars and prices, go directly to our partner's site:
Peugeot Open Europe
Renault Eurodrive
Citroën Euro Pass

Peugeot 208Do you live outside the European Union and need a car for several weeks or months? Short-term auto leasing  from Renault, Peugeot, or Citroën (three of Europe's major automakers), can help you save money and avoid insurance hassles.

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

Renault KangooIn France, the purchase tax on a slightly used car is much less than on a new vehicle. By leasing new venicles to tourists at cheap rates, French car companies 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 Peugeot, Renault, or Citroën vehicle 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. Renault, Peugeot, and Citroën 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.)

Renault CapturThe downside? There are just three:

  • The minimum lease period is 21 days.

  • 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.

  • Car-leasing programs have 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.

Need a testimonial from someone who's tried short-term car leasing? Click here.

Related Web sites:

Renault Eurodrive our partner
Renault has been in the tourist car-lease business since 1954. It offers a full range of vehicles, from subcompacts like the Dacia and Clio to the Espace 7-seat luxury crossover and the Trafic 9-seat van. GPS is standard on all models.

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

CitroŽn Euro Pass our partner
Auto Europe also handles leasing for Citroën, one of France's Big Three car brands. Vehicles include sedans, hatchbacks, crossovers, SUVs, and vans. All models include GPS at no extra cost.

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.

Also see:
Renault Eurodrive
Peugeot Open Europe
Citroën Euro Pass
Personal testimonial (Renault Eurodrive)
Driving in Europe
Car Rentals: When to rent, when to lease