Wednesday 2 February 2011


Australians keen to enjoy the freedom of self-drive holidaying in Europe are discovering that leasing a brand-new vehicle direct from the factory can bring huge cost savings and bonus onboard facilities when compared with often base-model rental cars that can have thousands of kilometres on the clock.

Managing Director Australia for Renault Eurodrive, Paul Hodges says there's been a significant spike in recent years in car leasing, with customers able to order the exact model of vehicle they want, rather than having to take what's available at the time in the rental yard.

"In many cases we're able to offer higher standard vehicles with such extras as parking sensors, cruise control, possibly sunroofs, luxury specifications – and 37 of our 44 models of 5-Star Safety Rated vehicles, from compacts through mid-size, family-size, luxury and people-movers, come with GPS at no extra cost… built-in, not as portable units," he said.

"And specifically you've a new-car with new-car warranty, full vehicle insurance with no excess – a major benefit in Europe where excess can be over 1000-Euros for a small accident irrespective of who is at fault – plus our lease vehicles are Tax Free, compared with others that in some countries carry a 19.6% Sales Tax component.

"As you pay in Australian dollars before leaving home, only out-of-pockets  are fuel and tolls, we've 33 European collection and return depots, free 24-hour roadside service, and your new car is backed by 17,000 European Renault dealers. Its ideal for those holidaying from 3-weeks to 6-months and our Earlybird Sale is on until 31 March for deliveries to 31 December 2011."

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