What are the conditions for renting a car?

What are the conditions for renting a car?

When renting a car, there are some pitfalls to avoid and good feedback to discover the best deals (summarized for you in this handy guide). But above all, there is an indispensable condition that must be fulfilled in order to hope to get behind the wheel. It is better to know them well. Thanks to the summary below, no more unpleasant last minute surprises! You’ll be ready to start the adventure or rethink it differently if necessary.

1. You are legally authorized to rent

The minimum age to officially rent a car in France is 18 years. However, in practice and with some rare exceptions (Ada for example), most rental companies require you to be at least 21 years old for the base model.

Added to the age is the number of years your final driver’s license is valid. For a B license, a year or two is generally enough probationary period to be able to rent a classic car or truck; This can extend from 3 to 5 years depending on the rental companies when it comes to accessing other types of vehicles, luxury vehicles or utility vehicles.

Note that in any case, if you are under 25, you will always have to pay a daily “young driver” surcharge (or even a double discount with some rental companies, including in the case of a partial refund). But at least it will be in good condition for rent. 😉

Required age, license seniority, potential supplement amount that varies from rental company to rental company and depending on the type of vehicle, before you start, remember to compare by incorporating as many parameters as possible. Then review the company’s general lease terms to avoid any subsequent disappointment.

2. To be able to bear the sum insured

No matter what car you want to rent, you won’t be able to avoid a security deposit that covers the deductible that will be paid in the event of damage or accident due to fault (unless you replace it with additional expensive and rarely offered renter insurance). And even if this practice tends to disappear, some agencies can also require an advance on rent.

For these deposits, which vary according to vehicle class and agency, you are required to present a means of payment in your name at the counter, in this case a credit or debit card. Prepaid cards are not widely accepted so if they are much easier than checks, check directly with the rental company if that’s really what you have.

thats understood. With a simple credit card imprint (with deferred payment), the lessor ensures funds are available in case of need, whether for repairs or simply to cover any contractual fuel costs or additional kilometers within the established mileage policy. On the contrary, with a debit card (instant payment), he will have to take the deposit to block it and then refund it to you once the car is returned without incident. For you, this means that you have the relevant amount in your account and a sufficiently high purchase limit. If necessary, you will have to adjust your plans!

3. Signing a contract

In addition to your driver’s license and your bank card, in order for the lessor to prepare a well and due rental agreement, you must provide him with other necessary documents, namely, your identity card or passport and proof of original residence dated less than 2 months. If, during your epic, you plan to pass the wheel to a friend to take a break, snooze, take photos or act as a DJ, that person will also have to pay their identification document and permit on file. 😉

But what should this lease agreement include? It’s very simple: everything.
Written in duplicate, it states the basics of the service and sets out the General Terms of Tenancy (GTC), the lessor’s obligations and yours. It also includes a physical base vehicle condition sheet, to be jointly validated after verification upon departure and return.

In particular:
It states how much the car rental costs, details the terms and starting price (today’s rate, possible increases, options, etc.), and specifies the amount of the discount, security deposit, and advance on the rental if needed.
Explains the basics of your protection and liability in the event of a claim: Third party insurance is automatically included but you can decide to activate additional guarantees with the rental company or independently insure your rental car (in which case, they will also be out of coverage).
It contains valuable information of all kinds, for example it explains what to do in case of a problem when renting a car, gives the contact details of breakdown insurance for the renter to contact, etc.

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