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    Default Car Hire in France

    Have started looking for a hire car for about 10 days in France (with quick trip to Spain) middle of this year.

    Most of the sites I've looked at (Hertz, Europcar, udrive, Avis etc) have fairly boring cars. If I'm in France I'd like a Citroen (don't have the timeframe or support for 2CV hire)


    My guess is its a potpourri of pot luck as to what you get on the day. The disclaimer appears to be 'or similar'.

    My short hire duration pretty well excludes me from Lease arrangements.

    Any suggestion folks?
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    You might contact Geoff Harris at driveEUROPE - Home and see if there are any short-term rental options available.
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    I booked through Europcar last year. I was assured on the phone when booking that I should be able to get get a Clio (that's mainly what they have), and if not, they'd certainly have a 208 or C3. I turned up to a Lancia Ypsilon, and with no availabilty for a French car unless I upgraded. In hindsight I should have upgraded (to a diesel, the fuel saving would have made up for the extra 7 euro a day).

    Perhaps just booking the minimum of what you need, and if it's not what you want trying to upgrade to something better at the counter may be a back-up.
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    if you can stay longer than the price plummets dramatically, I used Sixt last time in a new little Pug and it was really good value but that was 21 days. got right around Spain into France and back. Spanish freeways are great except the tolls...Going later say in August September would probably improve the cost too as you're out of the holiday silly season. That goes for hotels too. Weather still great and look at airbnb.
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    You are not going to see many bargains in rentals or much choice of car if you come in the high season of Jul-August.
    Try this site - it gives a comparison across a number of rental companies. Expect about 400 euros for a town car
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