Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Mon April 18 2016

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  • Sam Schuler | April 18, 2016 10:00 AM ET

    How to Save on a Long Term Car Rental

    How to Save on a Long Term Car Rental

    There are lots of reasons to plan a lengthy trip to Europe.

    Perhaps you’ve decided to take a summer sabbatical while your kids are still young, exposing them to culture and history during the ultimate family road trip in Europe.

    Maybe the kids have left home and you can finally escape on the extended European tour you’ve always dreamed of. Or you could just be between jobs and in search of inspiration and direction for the next chapter in your life.

    SEE MORE: Why Choose Auto Europe

    Whatever your reason for touring Europe over the period of a month or two, it can be surprising how affordable travel can be when you skip public transportation and rent a car or opt for a short-term lease on a new car in Europe. Not only is touring Europe by car the most cost effective option, but it is also the most flexible and convenient means of transport for your dream trip.

    Long-term car rental deals are especially attractive since they are mostly structured in such a way that the longer you need the wheels the more you can save. In general you can expect to pay a lower daily rate for longer reservations, and the savings get even better if you rent a car for two to three weeks or more.

    Our Top 4 Insider Tips

    As experts in the European rental car market, we at Auto Europe have put together a few pointers to help you find the best long-term car rental deals.

    • Get quotes for various periods of time and compare the base rate. Even if your trip is for 6 weeks, you may find that it’s cheaper to rent a car for two months and return it early … just make sure you aren’t charged early return fees if you return your rental car before the last day on the contract.
    • Book through an established company, such as Auto Europe. Working with a company that specializes in European rental cars and books a large volume of cars each year. At Auto Europe we are offered the lowest available rates due to our position in the European rental car market – savings which we are happy to pass on to our customers.
    • Beware of extra costs to your personal account once you are on the road. Unexpected road permits or road safety equipment such as snow chains can make a big dent in your budget. Once again, it comes down to doing your homework and working through a reputable company which is available to answer your questions so you’re fully prepared.
    • Look out for alternatives, such as short-term car leasing. For example, Auto Europe has partnered with Peugeot in Europe to offer its customers an exciting option for car rentals of 3 weeks and more from major European cities. The Peugeot Open Europe Leasing program gives travelers the unique opportunity to lease a brand new car for a low daily rate. Enjoy unlimited mileage, zero deductible coverage, and 24/7 roadside assistance as additional perks. There are also no hidden fees such as young driver or airport surcharges.

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    Now that you know the benefits of arranging an extended duration car rental, there aren’t many excuses left! Start planning the ultimate European road trip today. Hit the road in Brussels and give the car back two months later in Budapest.

    Or you could consider a coastal trip starting in Normandy, passing all the way through Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and ending on the gorgeous Adriatic coast in Croatia? Wherever your imagination takes you – Auto Europe can get you there.  


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Sam Schuler Europe by Car

Sam Schuler Sam Schuler is a travel writer, photographer, graphic artist and a member of Auto Europe's marketing team in Portland, Maine. An Oregon native, Sam has enjoyed trips to France, Italy, Bermuda, and Mexico on multiple occasions. Sam continues to draw creative inspiration from his travels, documenting many of them in a variety of mediums, including travel blog writing and photographic exposes.
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