have arrived at Car Hire and Van rentals in South
West France, a page which will supply
you with information, advice and links to both the major rental
companies and the smaller local hire companys.
|WHEN RESERVING YOUR HIRE CAR
|Calculate exactly what
size of vehicle you are going to need and do not forget to allow for
your Luggage, Trying to get four people and their luggage in a Citroen
Saxo is no fun. Try to work out how many kilometers you will be
traveling as you may be asked in order for the reservation clerk to
calculate your price. Have a credit card at hand as they may require a
booking deposit. Remember to book in the name of the Main Driver and be
sure the credit card you use for your booking will be available as
proof of your booking on the day you collect the hire car or van.
|WHEN COLLECTING YOUR HIRE CAR
|Firstly just to
what has been said when reserving your rental
1. Have your driving license with you plus licenses fro any
2. Have the credit card with you that you used to make
At the booking desk ask the receptionist to give you a firm
price - I have known people that have returned home only to find the
rental bill was three or four times the price they thought they were
paying. Make sure the price is on the rental contract that you sign.
You cannot pay by cheque or cash they always require a credit
credit card will normally be charged for the excess amount on the
Concerning the insurance. Check exactly what excess you would have to
pay if there is an accident or damage on the vehicle which was not
there when you took delivery. A scratched bumper can cost up to 800
euros and a cracked headlamp
could cost even more. A mirror for some Citroen models can cost over 100
euros, remember most mirrors are heated and electric now days.
O/k you have finished in the rental office and now time to take delivery and
keys for your rental vehicle , Be sure to inspect the car or van and
pay particular attention to what is in the fuel tank as you will be
required to return with a full tank. Check for wheel trims, mirrors,
body trims and the paintwork make sure they are there and not damaged
if they are be sure the booking receptionist marks it and all damage on
your rental agreement. Check that the interior is clean, check there is
a spare and where the tools are for changing the wheel.
I know you are all excited about starting on your holiday or trip but
a little time now will save you latter.
Make sure you know where the fuel cap is and how do you open it. Also
ask what is the best fuel for the car.
Before you drive off be sure to adjust the seat and the mirrors to your
liking and generally familiarise your self with the vehicle do not be
a rush. Take a last look at your map in order to know what direction
you need to be heading and remember what side of the road to drive on.
|TAKING THE RENTAL CAR or HIRE VAN BACK
|Be sure to leave the
vehicle fairly clean and if you are smoker empty and clean the ashtray.
Reasonable valet charges are normally included within the rental price.
Leave the fuel tank full. If the car hire company has to fill it up
will charge you top price for the fuel. Upon arrival at the car hire
reception be sure the receptionist checks over your vehicle and produce
an invoice which relates to the agreement that you signed. Be sure to
get a receipt for your credit card payment and make sure the initial
deposit you paid is either canceled or deducted from the final invoice.
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