Peugeot, Renault and Citroen all have leasing programs
25.06.1996 - 01.06.2017
If you are using a car for 21 or more days (17 or more with Citroen), you should consider the buy-back (lease) program. We always do this and it is wonderful. You get the brand new car of your choice, fully insured with 24-hour roadside assistance in France. Everything is paid before you leave so there are no unpleasant surprises when you return your car as can happen with rentals. You do not pay extra for any family member to drive the car. Rentals charge for each extra driver; leases do not charge extra. It is literally your car until you return it. Some rentals also have upper and lower age limits that are quite limited, as much as a minimum age of 25 or 26 and upper age of 70. Leases do not. The minimum age is 18 with no upper limit so if you are a younger or older driver, this can been a big help. You may lease for 175 days over a period of 12 consecutive months and you may not work for pay while leasing. In other words, this is a program for tourists. There are some exceptions to the time limit so check the web sites below.
We use the Peugeot 208 automatic for ourselves and also when we have one of our daughters with us. When we have both daughters, we usually get a Peugeot 308 although in 2016 we used the 208 with both daughters and the four of us managed quite nicely. Generally, four people would need the 308 or 508 depending on how much luggage you have.
We've also had the Peugeot 308 diesel and it worked well and got great gas mileage. We've used the Renault once and friends have used it for years. It works well and they have since used Peugeot and liked it. At this point, we both shop for price and are happy with either Peugeot or Renault. The only negative I've heard is when we were returning our Peugeot one year, there was a couple who were returning a Citroen and they said they would not use Citroen again. We've never used Citroen so I can't comment on it. They may have just had a bad experience. We've been happy with Peugeot so will continue to use them unless the Renault is appreciably cheaper.
We always pick up and drop off in France so we don't have to pay extra charges but you can get the car nearly anyplace in Europe if you are willing to pay the pick up and drop off charges and in some cases forego the 24-hour roadside assistance.
On one trip someone managed to back into our parked car and put a huge dent in one side. Another time on the very last day driving to the airport a truck ahead of us snapped a stone into our windshield and cracked it. Both times we told the Peugeot folks when we returned the car and they said not to worry about it. We were impressed.
We have used Auto France the last few times but AutoEurope.com and Kemwel.com also have the Open Europe Lease Program with Peugeot. Here are web sites we have used with the exception of the last one, Citroen, which we have not used. Just click on the links for more information.
Auto France web site
Auto Europe web site
Kemwel web site
Renault Eurodrive web site
Citroen Euro Pass web site
I can highly recommend the Peugeot program because we've used it so many times and love it. If you live in the US, you can call AutoFrance at 1 (800) 572-9655 toll free for an estimate. If you live elsewhere, you can visit the autofrance web site I gave above and get a phone number or e-mail them.
You may not be an EU citizen to use this program unless you are living abroad and can prove it. This is strictly for foreign visitors to Europe. There are some time limit exceptions for students and missionaries. These are listed on the respective web sites.
For information about renting a car in France, click here: Renting a Car in France