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Read these interesting articles:
Important Information If You are Travelling Between November and March
Car hire: Watchpoints when renting
The Lingo Explained
Should you rent or lease a car

Leasing a car and renting a car are not the same thing. Knowing the difference between the two can save you thousands of dollars.

Leasing is actually a tax free buy back programme endorsed by the French government to encourage tourism - and boy does it work!

You pay for a minimum of 17 days and then a low daily rate thereafter. This programme has been offered for many years and each year over 100,000 people use this tax free programme.

The paperwork is all done well before you leave and there is just one set of forms to be completed. Please note that at least 6 weeks notice is required because the car has to be ordered and registered and the paperwork sent to France.

There are only 3 companies allowed to sell the tax free lease programme viz: Renault Eurodrive, Peugeot Open Europe and Citroen DriveEurope. We will automatically compare all three companies and send you the best deal.

When completing the form, if you are not sure which car would be best, let us know how many persons will be travelling or the name of the Australian car that you think will best fit your needs and we will offer you a similar sized French car.

Travelling in Europe between November and March?

Please note all Renault, Peugeot and Citroen lease vehicles are fitted with Standard tyres before leaving the factory. Standard tyres are not suitable for all weather conditions. Between November and March or April in some countries eg Germany, Austria, Switzerland etc it is compulsory to fit winter tyres or carry chains or both. It is the clients responsibility to check the requirements for each country they intend to visit. We highly recommend this link from the Automobile Association in the UK http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/snow-chains-winter-tyres.html

If winter tyres are required, Peugeot and Renault now offer a few vehicles with winter tyres. If the vehicle you want can not have winter tyres fitted, you will need to purchase your own, at your own expense and have them fitted by an authorised dealer. The original tyres will need to be stored and re-fitted before the lease vehicle is returned. This is an expensive option. For short term requirements this could make a rental car a better financial proposition. Please do not hesitate to discuss your requirements with one of our experienced consultants.

 
Car Leasing Information

Citroen Leasing - Click here to See 2014 Citroen Assistance Guide - 3.71mb PDF file

Peugeot Leasing - Click here for Peugeot Leasing 2014 Practical Guide - 4.92mb PDF file

Renault Leasing - Click here for Renault Travelling Instructions Booklet (2013) 1.06mb PDF file

 

 

Car Leasing Forms

Citroen Leasing - Click here for Citroen 2013 / 2014 Contract Form - 1.09 mb PDF file

Peugeot Leasing - Click here for Peugeot 2013 Contract Form - 600kb PDF file

Renault Leasing - Click here for Renault 2013 Contract Form - 679kb PDF file


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Renault Car Leasing Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for Travelling Instructions Booklet (2013) 1.06mb PDF

We have provided a list of the most frequently asked questions in relation to Renault Car Leasing in Europe.
Please do not hesitate to Contact US if what you need is not answered here.

Can my wife drive the vehicle?
Your wife, your children and your parents can drive the vehicle at no extra charge if they are at least 18 years old, have a valid driver's license for the countries in which they drive, and if they comply with the same tax-free regulations as you do. NB: Partners can also drive the vehicle if your relationship has been officially recognized or if they sign an official sworn statement.

Can I lease a car if I have a European passport?
Yes, if you have not resided in the EU for more than 6 months you can lease a car. You will have to complete a statutory declaration which is provided with your lease contract attesting to the fact that you are travelling on holiday and that you will return to a non EU country at the end of your lease period/holiday.

What documents will I need to collect my car?
You will need to have the following on you - your Renault Eurodrive contract – an international driver's license – a valid passport. If you have asked someone else to collect the vehicle, make sure you give this person written authorization.

Can I pay a supplement to be insured in countries other than those you cover?
No. Unfortunately no geographical extension to the insurance contract is possible.

What are the additional costs ?
As with any vehicle service costs are the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle (you). The Renault 2013 model range require their first service between 20,000 and 30,000 kms.

What happens if I go anyway?
If you decide to visit a country not covered by our insurance/assistance you are fully liable and must pay all expenses resulting from a breakdown or other problem

Can I return the car to another centre than the one initially planned?
Yes, absolutely. You must simply contact the centre of your choice at least 72 hours in advance to make an appointment and to get the phone number and opening hours of the centre along with a map).

Can I choose the colour of my car?
Unfortunately, we cannot promise to provide a particular colour. However, Renault tries to make sure its vehicles are in the most popular colours of the day.

If I pick up a car in winter, does it come with snow tyres?
No. Our vehicles have all-weather tyres all year round. When driving in winter it is the responsibility of each driver to respect the legal requirements in place in each country visited. Our insurance cover remains the same regardless of whether the car is equipped with snow tyres or not. If you decide to purchase your own snow tyres you must return the car with its original all weather tyres or you will be billed for them.

What are the additional costs?
The Renault Eurodrive programme is a tax free sale with buy back agreement. After you pay for your lease in your home country, your only other cost will be your petrol or diesel, tolls and motorway charges. Note that EXCLUSIVELY, Renault insurance does cover: Punctured tyres; Loss or stolen vehicle keys; Incorrect fuel placed in your vehicle and your personal effects.

What documents do I need to cross borders in Europe?
There are very few borders these days. However the documents you are given when you take deliver of your car - the vehicle registration document (grey card), car insurance and Warranty booklet and your identity papers (Passport, international driver's licence) suffice to cross European borders. However, you may need to purchase a special disc to travel in certain countries eg Hungary, Czech republic etc .

Is it possible to have the vehicle delivered or picked up at the end of the contract?
We unfortunately can only deliver vehicles to Renault Eurodrive delivery centres. French legislation prevents us from driving your vehicle

Considering this is 'my car' do I still have access to roadside assistance?
Yes. Roadside assistance is provided in over 44 European countries, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. Full details are provided with your final documentation.

Can I extend my lease once I have started?
Yes you can. You must contact the Head office at least 8 days prior to the end of your lease so that they can send you the paperwork to extend the insurance contract. Please note that the charge will be higher than what you paid in Australia.

Why do I have to give my credit card details on the contract?
This is for Renault's use only, in cases of any traffic infringements or items not returned with the vehicle, for example keys, registration papers etc. You will be advised before you are charged.

What are the age limits for drivers?
You must be in possession of a full drivers licence (no provisional or learner drivers allowed) . There is no upper age limit.

What countries are covered by the GPS unit?
Many of the vehicles provided by Renault Eurodrive are equipped with a TomTomCarminat GPS including the coverage of Europe. The coverage of the GPS unit is detailed below:

Countries fully covered (99.9%)
- Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Hungary, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands, Canary Islands and Vatican City.

Countries partially covered
- Greece (84%), Turkey (63%), Russia (33%), Bulgaria (54%), Latvia (63%) and Croatia (42%, including major cities and coastal areas).

Connector roads Other Central European Countries are covered allowing you seamless navigation throughout the entire region. Download the Tomtom Carminat GPS User's manual 5.16mb PDF

Does the vehicle come with a 'vignette' or Swiss highway sticker?
The vehicle does not come with any highway stickers or vignettes. It is your responsibility to buy one at the border. So if you are travelling to Austria, Switzerland, Czech republic please enquire.

Do I need to leave a deposit when I arrive or pay for any extras?
No. Once you have paid UK and Europe Travel you will be given a prepaid voucher, this will cover you for your lease and there are no extra’s to pay other than toll, highway charges or fuel. There is no deposit required or credit card imprints taken at time of collection.

How much fuel is provided and do I need to return the vehicle full?
The vehicle will be delivered with between 10-15 litres of fuel, which in most cases is enough to get out of the city or on your way. You are not required to return the vehicle full and there are no charges in doing this.

Will I receive a right hand drive vehicle if I collect in the UK?
No, all Renault models are left hand drive vehicles.

Can my friend or relative collect the vehicle for me?
No. The registered driver (the client that completed the forms), must collect and return the vehicle as there are forms to be completed.

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Peugeot Car Leasing Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided a list of the most frequently asked questions in relation to Peugeot Car Leasing in Europe.
Please do not hesitate to Contact US if what you need is not answered here.

Can I travel on a European passport?
Yes you can. However when completing the contracts you will need to supply UK and Europe Travel with a letter outlining your intentions to travel, dates of return and a copy of an invoice being phone, water or elctricity bill stating your current address. You must not reside in the EU and you must have been in Australia for more then 6 months.Detailed information on this will be sent with your Peugeot Lease Forms when your booking has been confirmed.

Why do I have to give my credit card details on the contract?
This is for Peugeot's use only, in cases of any traffic infringements or items not returned with the vehicle, for example keys, registration papers etc.

What deposit do I need to make with my Peugeot booking?
A AUD $500 deposit is required at the time of reservation to secure your booking if made outside of 6 weeks of collection. This deposit is non-refundable if the booking is cancelled within 6 weeks of collection.

How far in advance can I make amendments to my Peugeot booking?
All amendments must be made outside of 21 days from collection.

Do I need an International Driving Permit (IDP) when renting a Peugeot?
An IDP is proof that you hold a valid driver licence in your home country at the date of issue of the IDP and should be carried with your domestic driver licence. It is a very useful travel document and is required or recommended for many countries when hiring a motor vehicle.

Can I order a specific colour for my Peugeot vehicle?
No. Preference of colour can be written on the leasing contract, under the 'Observation' section, however it cannot be guaranteed.

What are the age limits for drivers?
You must be in possession of a full drivers licence (no provisional or learner drivers allowed) . There is no upper age limit

Can I pay extra to be insured in other countries not covered by insurance?
Unfortunately this is not possible. The insurance policy can not be extended or changed. If you do decide to travel ins a country not covered by insurance you will be held fully liable and must pay all expenses resulting from a breakdown or theft.

Can I change my drop off point once I have already started my lease?
Yes you can. If you are changing from a French location to a non French location you will have to pay the fee to Peugeot Sodexa in Paris.

Is there a cancellation policy with Peugeot Sodexa?
Yes, a cancellation fee does apply. If a booking is cancelled outside 6 weeks - No charge. If a booking is cancelled within 6 weeks of collection, a cancellation fee of AUD $500 (loss of deposit) + Supplier levied charges will apply. If the booking is cancelled within 35 days of the collection date, a large cancellation fee can apply. We always suggest travel insurance to cover unforseen circumstances and therefore offer all clients a 20% discount on this essential item.

Does the vehicle come with a 'vignette' or Swiss highway sticker?
The vehicle does not come with any highway stickers or vignettes. It is your responsibility to buy one at the border. So if you are travelling to Austria, Switzerland, Czech republic please enquire.

Can you deliver or collect the car?
Unfortunately this can not be done for legal and insurance reasons

What do I need to collect my vehicle?
Upon pick up you will need to provide the pre paid voucher from UK and Europe Travel and your passport.

Do I need to leave a deposit when I arrive or pay for any extras?
No. Once you have paid UK and Europe Travel you will be given a prepaid voucher, this will cover you for your lease and there are no extra’s to pay other than toll, highway charges or fuel. There is no deposit required or credit card imprints taken at time of collection.

How much fuel is provided and do I need to return the vehicle full?
The vehicle will be delivered with between 10-15 litres of fuel, which in most cases is enough to get out of the city or on your way. You are not required to return the vehicle full and there are no charges in doing this.

Will I receive a right hand drive vehicle if I collect in the UK?
No, all Peugeot models are left hand drive vehicles.

Can my friend or relative collect the vehicle for me?
No. The registered driver (the client that completed the forms), must collect and return the vehicle as there are forms to be completed.

Can I have additional drivers and is there a fee?
Yes you are able to have additional drivers and there is no additional fee, however there are restrictions as follows. All additional drivers must fit the requirements of the program and the registered driver must be in the vehicle at all times.

Exception is immediate family members - Spouse, son or daughter who has the same surname and residential address as the registered driver. They may drive locally without the registered driver but under no circumstances can the family member take the vehicle across any borders or for lengthy periods without the registered driver in the car.

If I take my vehicle on a ferry will I be covered by insurance?
Yes. You are covered by full comprehensive insurance` and are covered in both the UK and Ireland. Ferry crossing fees are not included in the costs; these will need to be prepaid. Let us know if you are interested in this as we can help.

Is a diesel model better to have then a petrol model?
The price for diesel is approximately 10 - 20% cheaper than petrol in most European countries. Therefore we recommend if you plan on doing a reasonable amount of driving it may be more economical to pay the extra and take a diesel model.

Can I upgrade my car on arrival or request accessories?
No. Therefore it is vital you choose the correct vehicle and accessories prior.

Considering this is 'my car' do I still have access to roadside assistance?
Yes. Roadside assistance is provided in over 25 European countries, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. Full details are provided with your final documentation.

Do Peugeot Sodexa offer Tow Bars as an accessory or allow them to be fitted?
No. Peugeot do not offer these or allow them to be fitted on the vehicle by the client.

Does the Peugeot vehicle come with a spare tyre?
Yes. One spare tyre is included with all vehicles.

Do Peugeot provide safety equipment required by individual countries?
No. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure they have the adequate and necessary items required. The laws and requirements vary between countries. Peugeot cannot predict where each client will travel and therefore leave it to the client to investigate and purchase.

Will a reflective jacket and breakdown triangle be provided in the Peugeot vehicle?
All Peugeot deliveries from the 1st of July 2008 will be provided with a security kit which includes a reflective jacket and triangle. Peugeot Sodexa will charge the client's credit card EUR25 should the items not be returned with the vehicle.

What are the additional costs?
After you pay for your lease in your home country, your only other cost will be your petrol or diesel, tolls and motorway charges.  Note that insurance does not cover:  Punctured or damaged tyres;  Loss or non return of the vehicle keys;  Loss or non return of the registration and insurance papers;  Incorrect fuel placed in your vehicle and your personal effects.

What tyres do Peugeot vehicles come with?
All vehicles are fitted with standard tyres prior to leaving the Peugeot Sodexa factory. Standard tyres are not suitable for all winter conditions and during certain periods of the year. It is the clients responsibility to purchase the appropriate 'winter tyres' whilst overseas and have them fitted and removed at a authorised Peugeot Dealer. Snow chains can be prepaid with Uk and Europe Travel prior to departure and supplied by Peugeot Sodexa at time of collection, however they are not suitable for highway driving.

If I want to extend or change the details of my lease whilst I'm overseas, can I do this through my Australian Travel Agent?
No. Extensions or changes are possible however you will need to contact Peugeot Sodexa direct and arrange this with them. All costs will be in Euro and current taxes applied.

Does the car have to be serviced?
Yes - the car needs a first service at 30 000 and then 60,000kms for Petrol Models (20,000 and then 40,000kms for Diesel Models). This is at your expense. Details of the Peugeot dealers in Europe will be given to you at time of pick up

What happens if my vehicle is stolen or I have an accident?
Detailed information will be given to you in your final documentation, however it is relatively simple. You need to follow the same procedure as you would at home. Contact the police, fill out an accident report form and fax the document to Peugeot. In the event of your vehicle being stolen once you have notified Peugeot, the promissory note amount will not be invoked.

If I have to return earlier for any reason can I do this, and am I entitled for a refund?
Yes, please make sure you contact the representative prior to organise the return. A partial refund may be issued to client who had an initial lease for more than 35 days and who returned more than 7 days prior to the organised date.

How do I purchase the emission sticker that is required in certain parts of Germany?
These can only be purchased at the Peugeot dealerships in Germany. Simply show the registration papers that you are given at the start of the lease and the dealer will provide you with the emission sticker. The cost is approximately EUR 8.

Which countries are available to travel to?
The following countries are covered by insurance and for assistance:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus~, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (including Corsica), Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (including Crete and Greek Islands), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (including Sicily and Sardinia), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, San Marino, Serbia*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

~The cover of insurance provided for Cyprus is limited to the geographical parts of Cyprus which are under control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus.

*The cover of insurance provided for Serbia is limited to the Republic of Montenegro and the geographical parts of Serbia which are under control of the government of the Republic of Serbia.

Travel is not permitted into the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Belarus, Israel, Iran, Kosovo, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey and the Ukraine. Travel to these countries is at the lessees risk and is not covered by the Peugeot insurance or Peugeot assistance.

Does Peugeot Leasing have Assistance & Insurance Cover ?
Yes
See here for more information on Peugeot Assistance & Insurance Cover

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Citroen Car Leasing Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided a list of the most frequently asked questions in relation to Citroen Car Leasing in Europe.
Please do not hesitate to Contact US if what you need is not answered here.

Q: Will I get a new car and what are the purchase taxes such as VAT / GST?
A: Your CitroŽn DriveEurope car is a brand new vehicle and, under the special arrangement with the French Government, it is tax free.

Q: Is my DriveEurope CitroŽn insured?
A: CitroŽn DriveEurope includes full comprehensive insurance with no insurance excess.

Q: Can I travel on a European passport?
A: Yes you can if you are not residing in the EU and will return to your place of residence which must be a non EU country at the end of your holiday. Extra paperwork is required and will be provided to you with your lease forms.

Q: Does my new Citroen require a service?
A: Yes. The first service is required between 15,000 and 20,000 kilometres which will be at your cost.

Q: Is there a limit on the number of kilometres I can drive my CitroŽn?
A: No. You can do as many or as few kilometres as you wish, it has no effect on the price or conditions.

Q: What happens if I have a problem with my DriveEurope CitroŽn?
A: Your DriveEurope CitroŽn includes a 24 hour free-call emergency service backed by 24 hour roadside assistance and it is supported by an extensive CitroŽn dealer group that covers every country in which you can use your DriveEurope CitroŽn.

Q: Can I pay extra to be insured in other countries not covered by insurance?
A: Unfortunately this is not possible. The insurance policy can not be extended or changed. If you do decide to travel ins a country not covered by insurance you will be held fully liable and must pay all expenses resulting from a breakdown or theft.

Q: Does the vehicle come with a 'vignette' or Swiss highway sticker?
A: The vehicle does not come with any highway stickers or vignettes. It is your responsibility to buy one at the border. So if you are travelling to Austria, Switzerland, Czech republic please enquire.

Q: What if I choose to extend my trip?
A: CitroŽn allows you to extend the lease period while you are on your European trip. Additional fees apply. Simply contact CitroŽn head office in Paris 10 days prior to the original expiry date, with payment reaching CitroŽn Champ De Mars 5 days prior to the original expiry date, for your lease and insurance policy to be extended.

Q: What are the age limits for drivers?
A: There is no upper age limit and the minimum age is 21 years. All drivers must hold a full driver's licence.

Q: What safety and security equipment is fitted to my DriveEurope CitroŽn?
A: All DriveEurope CitroŽns are fitted with ABS brakes, 2 or more airbags, central locking and engine immobiliser as well as power steering and front power windows.

Q: What sort of in-car entertainment does my DriveEurope CitroŽn come with?
A: All DriveEurope CitroŽns are fitted with a CD system.

Q: Why are there so many diesels on offer and so few automatics?
A: In Europe due to environmental concerns diesel fuel can cost up to 20% less than petrol and is up to 35% more fuel efficient. There are simply more diesels manufactured. Automatics are also rare for this reason.

Q: Where can I pick up my DriveEurope CitroŽn for free?
A: There is free pick-up and return for your DriveEurope CitroŽn at more than 20 locations across France. You need not pick-up and drop-off to the same location.

Q: Can you deliver or collect the car?
A: Unfortunately this can not be done for legal and insurance reasons.

Q: Can I order a specific colour for my Citroen?
A: No. Preference of colour can be written on the leasing contract, under the 'Observation' section, however it cannot be guaranteed.

Q: What do I need to collect my vehicle?
A: Upon pick up you will need to provide the pre paid voucher from UK and Europe Travel and your passport.

Q: Do I need to leave a deposit when I arrive or pay for any extras?
A: No. Once you have paid UK and Europe Travel you will be given a prepaid voucher, this will cover you for your lease and there are no extra’s to pay other than toll, highway charges or fuel. There is no deposit required or credit card imprints taken at time of collection.

Q: How much fuel is provided and do I need to return the vehicle full?
A: The vehicle will be delivered with between 10-15 litres of fuel, which in most cases is enough to get out of the city or on your way. You are not required to return the vehicle full and there are no charges in doing this.

Q: Can I have additional drivers and is there a fee?
A: Yes you are able to have additional drivers and there is no additional fee, however there are restrictions as follows. All additional drivers must fit the requirements of the program and the registered driver must be in the vehicle at all times. Exception is immediate family members - Spouse, son or daughter who has the same surname and residential address as the registered driver. They may drive locally without the registered driver but under no circumstances can the family member take the vehicle across any borders or for lengthy periods without the registered driver in the car.

Q: If I take my vehicle on a ferry will I be covered by insurance?
A: Yes. You are covered by full comprehensive insurance` and are covered in both the UK and Ireland. Ferry crossing fees are not included in the costs; these will need to be prepaid. Let us know if you are interested in this as we can help.

Q: Is a diesel model better to have then a petrol model?
A: The price for diesel is approximately 10-20% cheaper than petrol in most European countries. Therefore we recommend if you plan on doing a reasonable amount of driving it may be more economical to pay the extra and take a diesel model. Diesel vehicles also offer better fuel economy eg. a 1.2L petrol will use approx 6L per 100kms whereas a 1.5L diesel vehicle will only use approx 4.5 litres per 100kms.

Q: Can I upgrade my car on arrival or request accessories?
A: No. Therefore it is vital you choose the correct vehicle and accessories prior.

Q: What are the additional costs?
A: After you pay for your lease in your home country, your only other cost will be your petrol or diesel, tolls and motorway charges.  Note that insurance does not cover:  Punctured or damaged tyres;  Loss or non return of the vehicle keys;  Loss or non return of the registration and insurance papers;  Incorrect fuel placed in your vehicle and your personal effects.

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