Well, no I hadn't actually so I read on a little more. The contract was set up as a sort of guaranteed sale/buy back of a brand new vehicle. I didn't really get the details so called the Renault Canada number and talked through it and glory be, it is totally kosher and actually works! All you have to be is non-EU resident to qualify. Having a UK passport I had to prove residence outside the EU and go through the shopping list of documents they needed as the deal really was a sale and buy back. The nice upside was that there was no restriction on where I could drive and the fully comprehensive insurance was included in the price. AND it was less to rent this way than say through Avis or Hertz.
Its all about the VAT of course which is why if you are UK resident, the whole thing falls down. I don't know if it works for non-UK but EU residents. We had red number plates that identified us (according to the Renault lady) as tourists and targets! Thanks. But it did let us spot other "tax dodgers" as Ali called them.
The pick up points for Renault were all round France and at various other places including London but in these cases with a delivery charge. As we were heading to Calais anyway and had a hire car in England already, I simply arranged to drop the UK car off in Dover, walked into the ferry terminal and bought a ferry ticket, walked off the ferry in Calais and into the area where the Renault pick up point was.
|The new Modus|
It passed with flying colours!
May of the drives were long. Le Touquet to La Rochelle for example was 750 kms and the Milan to Stuttgart day was 8-9 hours long. Everything worked beautifully. Part of this was due to the fact we collected it with only 5 kms on the clock -- the Renault lady recommended we should use a qualified Renault dealer to do its first service at 25,000 kms! During these journeys Ali and I worked out a sort of lineage for Renault vehicles starting at the bottom: Clio son of Modus
Next was the siblings: Megane brother of Modus and Espace big brother of Modus.
And finally the parents: Scenic father of Modus.
But of course, there was the black sheep of the family: Kangoo.
The nice thing was that each day I started the car, the comforting message popped up saying that oil, water and all the rest of it was "bon".
|Modus out on the town one night in Split|
A big plus of course was the never ending road photos that Ali took at various places. Most from the car came with a bit of Modus in them whether screen reflection, door frame or something else like a road sign, road barrier, tree or bush blocking the way to whatever the photo's object was.
|One of the many tunnels in Autoroute du Sud in France|
|Portofino in the background ... honest!|
|On the road in Croatia towards Rajetka and Split|
|Heading down to Dubrovnic|
|15 minutes in Bosnia|
|The fjord in Montenegro towards Kotor|
|Lost in Vienna|
|Raining at last in Austria|
|Great photo. This is a chemical plant in Austria normally invisible but because of the black rain clouds the white smoke stands out. Ali took several of this with the best (!) obscured by a tiny road sign that came out of nowhere at the last moment|
|Italy/Slovenia border post|
|Into Croatia for the first time|
The countries we visited were (in order) France, Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia (we think), Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium and France.
|Modus in Kotor|
|Driving in Serbia (maybe) or Bosnia|
|Bosnian border with someone|
|Bosnian road engineer on mobile phone ... it happens there too!|
|Modus in trouble! Parking ticket in Zadar|
|Austria for the first time ... one day we criss crossed into Austria, Switzerland and Germany on many occasions|
|Trust the Swiss to go over the top with their border post|
But we did come up with THE name for Modus: OPTIMUM MODUS TRANSPORTAE. Thanks Modus, you were great!