Short Term Car Lease Europe

About Citroën Tax Free Car Leasing in Europe

Driving in Europe for two weeks or more? Considering a one way car rental in Europe? A Citroën car lease in Europe may be a much better value for you than a long term or one way car rental. We're talking tax-free short-term car leases the government of France has authorized since the 1950's.

IdeaMerge expertly serves this niche. We arrange Citroën Europe car leases ranging from 21 to 360 days long — in France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal and England.

Benefits of a Short Term Car Lease in Europe

  • You save money — largely because the lease is tax free (a 16–21% savings).
  • You receive precisely the brand new, factory fresh left-hand drive make and model you choose.
  • You enjoy full insurance with zero deductible, effective in 40 European countries.
  • You gain Personal accident insurance (PAI).
  • You get 24/7 Citroën road-side assistance, breakdown cover, and factory warranty.
  • You pay no additional driver fees, face no maximum age limit, and the minimum age is just 18.

What's more, IdeaMerge makes leasing a car in Europe easy.

Altogether France's short-term car leasing Europe program sounds too good to be true, we know. But keep digging and you'll find it is true!

A Citroen car lease in Europe.

Just see our Car Lease Europe Customer Reviews, our average review being 4.9 stars out of 5, this based on 167 recent Citroën European car lease reviews.

That's why IdeaMerge is proud to represent the Citroën "Car‑2‑Europe" buy-back (purchase-repurchase) car lease program.

Why Citroën? Of the French car brands, Citroën has the most remarkable history of innovation and revolutionary engineering and is today significantly the most avant-garde. Citroën's slogan "Créative Technologie" expresses this identity. Citroën automobiles are characterized by great spaciousness and by a verve that is quintessentially French. We love 'em, and you will too.

Peugeot SA owns a large stake of Citroën SA and the companies are combined into a holding company, known as PSA Peugeot Citroën.

DS is PSA Peugeot Citroën's luxury brand, inspired by and named after the famously sophisticated Citroen DS/ID from the 1950s–1970s. Driven by this outstanding heritage and avant-garde spirit, DS perpetuates the Citroen values of innovation and distinction. DS models stand apart from the competition through their design, refinement, advanced technologies and dynamic serenity.

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It's Cheap And Easy To Lease A Car In Europe Tax Free!

Just a few factors determine how much a tax free car lease in Europe costs. You don't of course pay the full value of the car, just the fixed, upfront, relatively very small cost presented by our software. Naturally the cost is different per car model, with diesel models being more expensive but cheaper to keep fueled. The longer the duration the lower the per day cost; the lease price is weighted on the front end, a block cost applying to the first 21 days and a smaller per day cost applying thereafter. If you pick-up and/or return such a lease car outside France a location fee will apply.

For exact total costs, please submit a Search above. Our online order software will then present to you all the available lease cars, SUV's, minivans, and vans, ordered by how much they cost.

If you then click on the "More Info" button below a vehicle, a page will pop up presenting the following info specific to the lease vehicle and dates:

How much does it cost to lease a car in Europe?
  • pricing details
  • basic inclusions (e.g. insurance, 24/7 assistance, additional drivers)
  • insurance (e.g. zero deductible, domain of coverage some 40 European countries)
  • vehicle specs, images, and brochures
  • 24/7 assistance info and policies (e.g. repair protocol, replacement car policy)
  • booking policies (downpayment and balance due date)
  • pick-up and return instructions (e.g. depot location)
  • change policy (e.g. return location can be changed before or after pick-up)
  • cancellation policy
  • extension policy (extensions are possible but pricier)
  • early return refund policy (partial refund is possible)

Ultimately select the car you want and go from there. Any optional items (e.g. child seats, roof bars) are presented during our online order process, along with selectable pick-up and return times. You would own outright any optional items you select. In other words, the optional items are for sale not for rent. But you would be welcome to simply leave them with the car when you return it.

So, you can easily proceed through our online order process and wait for your confirmation to arrive within one or two business days.

Such lease is often referred to as a buy-back (or buyback) agreement. The term buy-back seems to imply large sums, negotiations and complex paperwork requirements upfront and upon return. But that's not actually the case; you do not have to pay the full value of the car or go through a buy-back process per se, and there are never any additional fees or charges beyond the set, relatively small, upfront lease cost — which cost our online order software renders completely transparent.

Rather, within a business day or two after you submit your order with us online you will receive via e-mail Citroën's very short contract document (a PDF file with fillable fields) to complete. No worries: most of the fields thereon will be pre-populated; and during our online order process we carefully and accurately represent all the important aspects of that contract; we don't want any unpleasant surprises in it for you. You will send that completed contract back via e-mail, along with a scanned copy of your passport. Thus you will give Citroën the ability on your behalf to register and insure the vehicle in your name for precisely the duration of your lease. The original downpayment is minor (e.g. 200 US dollars). When you pay the balance due (automatically charged to your card 45 days before your lease pick-up date) a copy of the completed contract will be marked "PAID" and e-mailed to you along with supporting information — including the depot info (already presented to you by our online order process) and instructional booklets (PDF files) reminding you what to do in case of accident or breakdown (hardcopies will also be provided in the car).

And voilá, you're all set.

When your car lease duration ends, your ownership of the car ends automatically. You just return the car and walk away.

It's all so easy!

Note it's possible to buy your so-called buyback lease car outright at the end of your lease. Almost nobody does this, however, because the cars are made to European safety and environmental specs, not to the corresponding specs of North America, Australia, etc.

For a variety of info and websites related to traveling Europe by car, please visit our Resources page

The Dynamics Of This European Buy-Back Car Lease Program

The short-term tax-free car leasing program was created way back in the 1950's and authorized by the French government to stimulate French tourism and the French automobile manufacturing industry.

Under this program you as a visitor to Europe become the first registered "owner" of a truly brand new French automobile already fully insured with excellent, zero-deductible insurance — effective in some 40 European countries — and supported by a full factory warranty and breakdown assistance service (including a replacement-car protocol for the unlikely possibility your brand new car ends up in a repair shop).

You get precisely the car model you choose. The registration and insurance are in your name. In a sense you own the car. But the cost to you is merely commensurate with and probably cheaper than the cost of an "equivalent" car rental.

Again, when your car lease duration ends, your ownership of the car ends automatically. You just return the car and walk away. The vehicle can then be sold on the open market by Citroën as a used car, which in France means it can be sold at a much lower tax rate than can a new car. Thus everyone wins — except carmakers who export new cars to France (e.g. BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, etc).

Note: All the vehicles in the tax-free short-term leasing program are left-hand drive vehicles (i.e. steering wheel on the left, even if the car is delivered in England).

Qualifications For Such Car Lease

General Requirements

The French short-term tax-free car leasing program — i.e. involving "transit temporaire" or "TT" registration — is available to persons whose permanent residence is outside the European Union (EU), whose age is eighteen years or more, and whose valid non-provisional driver's license in their country of residence has been valid for more than one year prior to their driving the lease vehicle. European passport holders living permanently outside of Europe are therefore welcome to participate in the TT leasing program. European Union permanent residents, on the other hand, do not qualify to obtain a TT registered vehicle. Residents of Switzerland cannot drive their TT vehicle in Switzerland. Persons who will be working or studying in the European Union during a limited stay can qualify to obtain a TT registered vehicle for that stay, but they must qualify for TT Special registration, described below. However, persons who will receive compensation (including room, board, etc) from an entity in the European Union (i.e. rather than from an entity outside the EU) during their stay in Europe do not qualify to obtain a TT registered vehicle for that stay.

As indicated above, there are two specific types of "TT" lease registration available:

Standard/tourist category TT lease registration. These leases are available to persons traveling to Europe for tourism or leisure, which category naturally involves the vast majority of customers. Persons working for or studying at an entity in the European Union do not qualify for this standard type of TT registration but might qualify for the TT Special registration described below. The maximum duration for standard TT leases is up to 175 days depending upon the delivery location chosen. Our website is programmed to calculate this maximum available term based upon the delivery center chosen. One constraint: You shall not have been in the European Union for more than 185 days in the 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the lease. And if you are traveling to Europe using an EU passport, you will not qualify for such lease (nor for the TT Special lease described below) unless you or perhaps your work supervisor sign a form stating that you intend to return to your non-EU country of residence (or take up residence in another non-EU country) after the lease.

TT "Special" lease registration. The TT Special lease registration is for persons officially traveling to Europe to work or study, and as such the TT Special registration can be for a duration of up to 355 days. There are some additional paperwork requirements that help to verify qualification for this category of lease, which documents will be provided for completion shortly after our receipt of a lease order. Most importantly, a TT Special lease applicant must not receive any direct compensation (including room and board) from an entity in the European Union during their lease term and they cannot use the lease vehicle as an aspect of such entity's services. Constraint: You shall not have been in the European Union continuously in the 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of the lease.

Who Else Can Drive?

The following individuals are authorized to drive a TT registered vehicle: you the client (i.e. the one person whose name is on the lease contract), your spouse or domestic partner, your parents and your children, provided they too meet the general conditions of eligibility of the program (i.e. they are at least 18 years of age and not a resident of the European Union). Regarding other persons — e.g. friends — who also meet the general conditions of eligibility of the program, they will be considered authorized drivers of the vehicle if you the lessee are in the car with them. This means the included insurance is as effective when these drivers are operating the vehicle as it is when you are operating the vehicle.


We do not need a copy of your driver's license to book such auto lease. You only need to present your license (and your passport) upon the pick-up occasion. You do not need to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) upon the pick‑up occasion.

Your domestic driver's license will suffice throughout France, provided you are at least 18 years of age (again, there is no age maximum) and have held such valid license for at least one year prior to the pick‑up date.

Technically speaking, however, several other European countries require of drivers who are not European residents an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well. You should contact the relevant tourist office, consulate or embassy to determine whether a country requires you to carry an IDP while driving. A good secondary indicator in this respect is the IDP webpage posted by the UK's Automobile Association. IDP's are sold for a nominal price by your national automobile club; you don't have to be a member to buy one. Just take your domestic driver's license, two passport-sized photos and the requisite cash to the club office. Ten minutes later you'll have your IDP. Basically an IDP is a means by which police in a foreign country can know — in terms of translations in nearly a dozen different languages — that your domestic driver's license is indeed recognized as being valid by the proper authorities in your country. Is it really necessary that you obtain an IDP if you plan to drive in a country that reportedly requires one? In practice of course it depends on the particular police officer you might happen to be dealing with. The vehicle leasing company (e.g. Citroën Car‑2‑Europe) doesn't care whether or not you have an IDP; it's up to you whether you cover yourself in this regard.

What Our Customers Say About Us

Our first lease through IdeaMerge was 12 years ago. First class service and assistance with Eric and the crew in Portland ever since 2003. This year was two months and 8830km in France, Germany and Italy with a Picasso C3. IdeaMerge made it easy with our 3 or 4 schedule changes and short term rental after our lease was done. Thanks again to IdeaMerge, we look forward to our next opportunity to book another car with you. Read More …
Another very satisfied customer of IdeaMerge and the Car Lease program in Europe. I picked up a Citroen Berlingo in Lyon and dropped it off at the Rome airport Fiumicino location. The car was great — drove it over 13,000 km through France, Sicily and mainland Italy without a hitch performance wise. I did have a mishap of my own in Amboise, France — going down a road that quickly became too narrow for the car! Had to back out a few hundred meters and managed to scrape the side mirrors and a bit on the back. As has been reported by others there were no problems at all when I brought the car back. Read More …
, Canada
Great service, we rented a car in Rome and drive to Paris on December 2015 - January 2016. The cars was new, terms and conditions exactly as mentioned. The best part 1000 USD for 22 days of car rental, all insurances included. I did a quote in other rental companies, the rent for the same period including the insurance would be the double. Read More …
, Mexico

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The specials offered by our RV rental suppliers and by our European car lease supplier can be quite confusing. So, our software does the thinking for you (and us) in this important respect. You submit the distance you expect to drive — if the supplier indeed charges for driving distance — and you choose the extras you would like; our software then determines the optimal special or set of specials for you, inasmuch as any special does indeed apply.
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