31 French words and phrases you will need to hire a car

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From asking for a particular type of car to telling someone there might be a problem with your vehicle, here is the essential French vocabulary for hiring a car in France

Location de voitures - Car rental

J’aimerais louer une voiture, s’il vous plaît - I would like to hire a car please

J’aimerais… - I would like…

Une petite / grosse voiture - a small / big car

Une voiture intermédiaire - a medium-size car

Un quatre-quatre - a 4 x 4

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Une voiture décapotable - a convertible

L’assurance, est-elle comprise? - Is insurance included in the price?

Qu’est-ce qu’elle prend: essence ou gazole? – Does the car take petrol or diesel?

Voici mon permis de conduire - Here is my driving licence

C’est combien pour louer par jour / semaine? - How much is it to rent per day / week?

Quand dois-je la rendre? - When do I have to return it?

Le plein, s’il vous plaît – Fill it up please

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RENTAL CAR FEATURES

La clime - Air-conditioning

Une nacelle bébé - A baby seat

Un rehausseur de voiture - A booster seat

Un siège enfant - A child seat

CAR PROBLEMS

La voiture ne démarre pas - The car won’t start

La voiture est tombée en panne - The car has broken down

Je pense que le pneu est à plat/crevé - I think the tyre is flat

Nous avons eu un accident - We have had an accident

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ROAD SIGNS

Suivez les panneaux - Follow the signs

Vous n’avez pas la priorité - You do not have right of way

Stationnement interdit – No parking

Cédez le passage - Give way

Ralentissez - Slow down

Sortie - Exit

Interdiction de doubler/dépasser – No overtaking

Déviation - Diversion

Bouchon / Embouteillage - Traffic jam

Sens unique – One way

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