Our Most Recent Vehicle Lease

Our happy little Renault in Tuscany

Say hello to our newest car, a Renault Captur. This is our 5th lease with Renault Eurodrive and each time we have been really happy with their service, their delivery options and most of all their prices.  Over the last two years, covid has disrupted supply chains around the world and there is now a shortage of cars.  The result is that car rental prices have skyrocketed, and that’s assuming there are any cars available.  In early November 2021 Renault came out with their 2022 offers and we immediately booked a car while they were available, actually, we booked two separate leases for our 6 months in Europe.  The reason for two separate leases is that Renault limits the lease duration to 170 days, not sure why, but this cut our trip short by a couple of weeks so we had to do two leases.  The price for our first brand new vehicle is $28.80 USD per day!!  Because this is a lease and not a rental it costs much less as long as your term is for more than 21 days, plus the cost is all-inclusive of insurance and 24-hour roadside assistance.  Roadside assistance can be a lifesaver if you have an accident and need help in English.  Insurance covers minor scratches and dents which is essential when driving a car through the narrow European streets and dueling with the wild and crazy Italian drivers.  We scraped our front bumper a few years back, not quite missing a big rock in a parking lot, and we had no extra charges to pay when we turned the car back in to Renault, that’s amazing!!!!  We picked up our latest Renault close to the Rome airport and will turn it in at the end of May at Orly airport in Paris.

I understand that a lot of North Americans don’t like to drive in Europe but for us to be able to go wherever we want, whenever we want, a car is essential.  We like to stay in small villages and at farm stays, or visit out of the way towns and wineries, which are not always on the rail lines or public transit routes.  When we decide to stay in a city, we will park the car and walk everywhere, but that is not generally our first choice.  Besides, you get used to driving over here after a while, so Blair says 😃

I wrote a blog post during our first tour of Europe as nomads explaining our logic for having a car and how it allows us to buy a few extras to make life more enjoyable.  So here were are again filling up our little car buying a blender to make our morning fruit smoothies, a couple of pillows so we have something of our own to lay our head on each night, and comfy slippers to wear on the cold tile floors, oh and multiple bottles of wine from our vineyard tours 😋😋  These minor comforts make nomad life just a little bit more enjoyable.

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Our Most Recent Vehicle Lease

  • July 8, 2022 at 4:23 pm
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    Hi, we had a quick look at Renault’s lease program a couple of years ago. Seemed like a great way to go. We recently did a rent-a-wreck type of car rental in Italy but although it was inexpensive, it was most definitely not a new car! We had to pay the full 4 months up front. Is this the same with Renault’s program?

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    • July 9, 2022 at 12:22 pm
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      Hi Angie, yes we had to pay the full rental up front with Renault and all 4 of our leases with them have been perfect. We tried a cheap rental once in Australia in 2020 with Jucy and it was such a disaster we will never go with anyone who rents old cars. The car had over 200,000 km on it and felt extremely unsafe to drive 🙁 I hope your Italy rental was not as bad!!

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  • May 19, 2022 at 8:59 am
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    Just going back to your early posts. Do you have one where you’ve shared how you deal with health insurance? Are you still connected to a Canadian provincial plan that requires you to be in Alberta for 5 months out of each year?

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    • May 19, 2022 at 9:51 am
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      Hi Rose, I sent you an email about our current insurance. We no longer have provincial health coverage, we don’t have plans to be in Alberta long enough now that we are back traveling again 😊 I have written about health insurance a couple of times in the past but I think I missed writing about our current coverage.

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  • May 2, 2022 at 2:52 pm
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    Can you cross borders when you lease the car or did you have to stay in Italy.

    I am enjoying your posts.

    from another Canadian hoping to be a nomad one day!

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    • May 3, 2022 at 12:40 am
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      Hi Susan, Renault allows their leased vehicle to be driven into about 40 countries. We are taking our next lease on a ferry from France to Ireland, the UK is off the list since Brexit unfortunately. I am glad you are enjoying our blog and wish you all the best in planning a future life as a nomad. It’s a wonderful life 😊

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  • April 20, 2022 at 4:42 am
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    Leasing a car vs rental is a brilliant strategy especially with your multiple stay locations.

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    • April 20, 2022 at 8:54 am
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      Thanks Noelette, it really is the only way to go if a person wants to travel freely around Italy for a longer period of time.

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  • April 16, 2022 at 5:09 pm
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    Agree with your reasons for having a vehicle. Since we are traveling with a vehicle, we also bought a blender and pillows. Smile.

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