We are currently in France and staying for a couple of months, we flew over so needed to hire a car once here. When I got quotes from the various car hire companies at the airport, the cheapest I could find was £850. I had heard that supermarkets in France hire out cars so I thought I would see the price difference and it’s a huge saving.
Where the airport hire companies advertise as approx £10-£15 a day for a small eco car, the supermarkets where saying from €4 a day!
If you aren’t fluent in French, it is a lot more difficult to get from the supermarkets but still doable and I think the savings make it worthwhile. When I looked on my phone I couldn’t get anywhere but when I looked on a desktop computer, it allowed me to automatically translate the website from French to English.
We flew into Bergerac airport so I went with Leclerc which is approximately 15 minutes drive from the airport. We have hired a Renault Clio and it has cost us €150 to hire for 4 weeks and the we pay for the kilometres that we use. I estimated what it would cost us for the full 53 days and it will be about £450 which is a saving of £400 compared to the airport rentals!
The deposit is bigger that you have to give credit card details for as it’s €1200 rather than £300 that the airport companies tend to charge but they give you information how much will be hatched for what damages etc so that’s a bit more reassuring. They wouldn’t let me hire it for more than 30 days though, even when I was in the office so I’m going in to renew the contract after 30 days for the next 23 days.
I also hired a car seat for Lucas which was €10 as opposed to around £50 which the airport hire companies charge. As well as Leclerc, there is also Super U and Carrefour to try depending on where you want to hire from x