long term car hire in Europe

  European Tax-Free Car Lease Qualifications

   Car Leasing Europe 2015.
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 of 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 permanent residents, on the other hand, do not qualify to obtain a TT registered vehicle. 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. P The pick-up date for a such a TT registered lease must be such that no one-year time-window involving that date — whether terminally, initially or otherwise — also contains more than 185 days during which the client was/is/will be in the European Union (EU); and if you are traveling to Europe using an EU passport, you will not qualify for such lease 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 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 Europen Union during their lease term and they cannot use the lease vehicle as an aspect of such entity's services. Click on a vehicle image (i.e. see one of our particular "Lease Info" pages) to learn more about TT Special qualification. Please feel free to contact IdeaMerge to learn whether TT Special registration is right for you. The pick-up date for a such a TT Special registered lease must be such that no one-year time-window involving that date — whether terminally, initially or otherwise — also contains more than 365 days during which the client was/is/will be in the European Union (EU); and if you are traveling to Europe using an EU passport, you will not qualify for such lease 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.

who else can drive the vehicle?

The following individuals are implicitly 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 over 18 years of age and not a resident of the European Union). Regarding other persons — e.g. friends and indirect relatives — who also meet the general conditions of eligibility of the program, they will be considered authorized drivers of the vehicle if you are in the car with them or you otherwise authorize them to drive the car for relatively short drives (ideally in terms of a note you would sign and leave in the glove compartment of the vehicle, along with a phone number or address at which you can be reached nearby; certainly the lease holder must remain in Europe). This means the included insurance is as effective when these authorized drivers are operating the vehicle as it is when you are operating the vehicle; it also means the French police and customs officials, if they happen to check the registration and the driver's license and passport of such person and perhaps call you nearby, will be satisfied that the usage of your lease is appropriate to both the spirit and letter of the program.

license

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. Citroen Euro Pass) doesn't care whether or not you have an IDP; it's up to you whether you cover yourself in this regard. Indeed, regardless of the pick-up location, you do not need to present an IDP upon the pick-up occasion; your domestic license and your passport suffice in this respect.

The USA's AAA now has a webpage whereby drivers licensed in the USA can obtain an IDP. Web searches will bring up a host of websites selling documents that conform to the model delineated in annex 10 of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (1949); but according to Article 24 of that convention, a truly valid IDP is one which is "issued … by the competent authority of another Contracting State or subdivision thereof, or by an association duly empowered by such authority .…" The US State Department says it has empowered only the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) to issue IDP's. The AATA offers IDP's through the National Automobile Club.

buy-back contract

Such lease is often referred to as being a "buy-back" agreement. The term buy-back implies negotiations and complex paperwork requirements upfront and upon return. That's not the case; you do not have to go through a buy-back process per se, and there are never any additional fees or charges beyond the upfront lease cost — which cost our online order software renders completely transparent. Instead, you merely need to complete a short contract with Citroen, which will be e-mailed to you after you submit your order. On this website we carefully and accurately represent all the important aspects of that contract; we don't want any surprises in it. You will send that contract back via e-mail, along with the requisite copy of your passport. Thus you will give Citroen the ability to register and insure the vehicle on your behalf for precisely the duration of your lease.

left-hand drive

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 delivered in England.)

brochure

Your IdeaMerge Citroen Euro Pass brochure.