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We are having a 3/4 month trip around Europe later this year starting in France. We will be pre arranging all the accommodation from the UK i.e. staying a week or two in cottages/apartments etc. My question is this - do you think it best to take our car from the UK (RHD) or buy a car (LHD) in France and then re-sell in France on our return home. We don't want a camper van or anything 'fancy' - just a strong deisel estate car to take us around for the duration. We will not be spending the entire time in France. Is buying a car in France a simple process? What do you guys think?
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Normally, I'd prefer to be driving a car designed for the side of the road you're driving on. But I'm not sure you're going to be able to buy a car in France and register it there if you aren't going to be "resident" anywhere in the country. At a minimum, the process threatens to be complicated.

Under those circumstances, if you've driven your current car on the "other" side of the road before, I'd just take it and deal with the inconveniences as you encounter them.
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Bev
 

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Have you thought about buying a LHD car in the UK and using that ?
 

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Have you thought about buying a LHD car in the UK and using that ?
Yes I think that is the most likely option as it appears the registartion of a car when not a French resident maybe a problem. We wouldn't want anything fancy a strong deisel estate - I'm sure theres car dealers in teh UK specialising in LHD cars
 

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We are having a 3/4 month trip around Europe later this year starting in France. We will be pre arranging all the accommodation from the UK i.e. staying a week or two in cottages/apartments etc. My question is this - do you think it best to take our car from the UK (RHD) or buy a car (LHD) in France and then re-sell in France on our return home. We don't want a camper van or anything 'fancy' - just a strong deisel estate car to take us around for the duration. We will not be spending the entire time in France. Is buying a car in France a simple process? What do you guys think?
Any help and advice would be welcome.
Hi Alan,

I live in France now as a permanent resident with a RHD vehicle - I do not personaly find it a great disadvantage - we have driven from the UK to Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and back into France twice with no Problems and I've put 30,000 miles on the vehicle here. It comes down to your preference and to a lesser degree your driving experience. The roads here are generally much quieter than the UK and therefore easier to navigate safely - just remember what side of the road your supposed to be on when you start the day.
Forget trying to buy here and then resell - Bev is quite right, you have to have a permanent residence here in France to get a Carte Grise (reg document) and its expensive. And buying LHD in the UK leaves you with the hassle of reselling it back there.
Hope that helps - enjoy your trip, you'll love it.
Bruce
 
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Yes I think that is the most likely option as it appears the registartion of a car when not a French resident maybe a problem. We wouldn't want anything fancy a strong deisel estate - I'm sure theres car dealers in teh UK specialising in LHD cars
There are plenty but look on Ebay for clues.

However, in your situation I wouldn't bother.

1. You have a car that you know. Any car you buy will be an unknown quantity.

2. Unless your current car is a 1902 steam-powered 1-door unicycle , designed in Lichtenstein by a left-handed watchmaker as a hobby, you should be able to get spares for it anywhere if needed. A mate with a 1932 Wolsely Hornet stopped by here, had car trouble, and was only delayed a week.

3. Why burden yourself with the bother of finding buying and sellig something you don't need in the first place. If it was for a year, or longer, then yes maybe, but the fact that you are driving from the 'wrong' side of the car shouldn't worry you in practice.
 

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There are plenty but look on Ebay for clues.

However, in your situation I wouldn't bother.

1. You have a car that you know. Any car you buy will be an unknown quantity.

2. Unless your current car is a 1902 steam-powered 1-door unicycle , designed in Lichtenstein by a left-handed watchmaker as a hobby, you should be able to get spares for it anywhere if needed. A mate with a 1932 Wolsely Hornet stopped by here, had car trouble, and was only delayed a week.

3. Why burden yourself with the bother of finding buying and sellig something you don't need in the first place. If it was for a year, or longer, then yes maybe, but the fact that you are driving from the 'wrong' side of the car shouldn't worry you in practice.
It's a 1903 model - will this help?:)

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Switzerland

In Switzerland, garages and car rentals have cars available for 3 months with decent prices, they are second hand cars (not always up to standards: no AC) and not always economical.
Try on google
I found this Easyloc.ch
Not the best of cars, best I assume that you can negotiate prices very hard. Tell them you stay in Switzerland ( insurances cover all of Europe anyway).

I also found this where your rent for a year and you can select as per your need for instance: 6 months a cabriolet and 6 months a fammily car or 4x4
Europcar Atlantique : le véhicule idéal.

I found car rentals for 100 or 200 days here (or more)
ZENIUS | Les avantages écologiques de la location voiture à l'année



Good luck
 
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