If you've decided to get around Europe by car, you may have assumed that hiring a vehicle is the only way to go. However, depending on which countries you plan to visit and the length of time you'll need the car for, a better option may be leasing.
Tax-free leasing is an option available through the French car manufacturers, Peugeot, Citroen and Renault, for non-European Union residents and guarantees you a brand new vehicle. Leasing is available for 'rentals' of at least 17 days and the longer you lease the vehicle for, the cheaper the daily rate becomes.
In my article A step-by-step guide to the tax-free vehicle leasing program in Europe, I go into specific details about the program and how it works. But in summary, the leasing arrangement grants you temporary ownership of the vehicle for the agreed lease price (based on the duration you will lease the car for) and the manufacturer agrees to take over the ownership at the conclusion of the lease.
When leasing a car you receive a brand new vehicle, and a full factory warranty, unlimited kilometres, full comprehensive insurance and 24 hour roadside assistance are included.
There are over 30 locations throughout Europe from where you can pick up and drop off your lease vehicle, and one-way leases are available. Manufacturers also allow you to drive your car into countries that are sometimes excluded when renting, giving you more flexibility (check with your lease company for confirmation of countries that you are permitted to drive in).
Having used the tax-free leasing program on numerous occasions, I can highly recommend it. Click here to get your free quote.
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