The Bottom Line
Best of all, you have a brand new car, exactly the model you choose.
- Excellent Insurance Coverage
- No Hidden or Extra Charges
- Can Pick Up and Drop Off at Different Locations
- Get a Brand New Car
- Lower Cost than an Average Car Rental
- More Paperwork up front than with a Car Rental
- Only Italy pick-ups are Milan and Rome airports
- Extra Charge for Pick-up in Italy
- Citroen offers a good buy back car lease program for vacations 3 weeks or longer, usually at lower cost than a rental car.
- Price includes complete insurance coverage and there are NO hidden charges. Extra charge for pick-ups outside France apply.
- Car leases are for a brand new car and you'll get the exact model you choose.
- Prices are in Canadian Dollars.
- 24 hour toll-free assistance number within Europe.
Guide Review - Review of Citroen Car Lease Buy Back Program
Car leases must be arranged and paid for at least 30 days before you pick up the car. After everything is in order, you get a voucher stamped paid, directions for picking up the car, the 24-hour toll-free number for assistance, and a carrying case with a little notebook and pen to keep your papers in. Note that prices are in Canadian dollars (US residents may be charged a foreign exchange fee by the credit card company).
I often hear stories of people being charged extra for their car rentals (usually because of insurance problems) and I just read an article by someone who had been charged about $1500 extra on a 36 day rental. You won't have to worry about anything like that happening with a car lease. My husband could drive the car, too, without any extra charge.
If you're only visiting Italy, the down side is that there's an extra charge for pick-up and drop-off in Italy (or anywhere outside France). The only Italy locations are the Rome and Milan airports (where many travelers from North America arrive). There are French locations, such as Nice, near the border so you could avoid the charge by choosing a French pick-up site. Even with the extra cost, a lease is usually far more economical (and a more pleasant experience) than a rental.