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Buying, renting, accident, driving: everything about the vehicle

If renting a car on holiday can be convenient for getting around, it's best to adopt the right reflexes to avoid unpleasant surprises: check the services included, such as insurance, read the rental contract carefully, find out about the credit card required...

If you find the car of your dreams in another EU country, before buying it, check the seriousness of the seller, find out about the number plates needed to bring the vehicle back to France and don't leave without the documents needed for its final registration.

In this section you will also find practical information on winter tires, traffic violences and driving rules in France.

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Car rental

Information about renting a car in Europe: Online reservation, rental contract, handover protocol, accident, fines etc.

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Car purchase abroad

We explain how to avoid problems when buying a car in another EU country and what you need to know about vehicle registration and transfer.

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Travelling by car in France: beware of road traffic offences

Speeding in Germany, unpaid tolls in Italy, running a red light in Spain... Can you be prosecuted in France for an offence committed abroad? What do you risk?

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Winter tires in Europe

If you are crossing the border on a daily basis or planning a trip to Europe during the winter, it is not always easy to know whether winter tires are mandatory in the country you are visiting. More information in this article.

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Traffic fines in restricted areas in Italy

If you're visiting an Italian city by car, beware of the "Zona a traffico limitato" or limited traffic zones (ZTL)! You could be fined.

Environmental zones in Europe

In recent years, local traffic restrictions and environmental zones have been introduced in various European cities. Here's an overview of existing regulations.

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Car accident in Europe

Here are some practical tips that will make it easier for you in the event of a car accident in another EU country.

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Electric scooters in France

Free-floating electric scooters have become a very popular means of transportation in the French capital and 15 providers are currently offering their services. However, the town hall has also received many complaints for nuisance

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