I rented and prepaid a EuropCar rental of a Diesel compact for 13 days well before my trip. I chose my pickup point to coincide with my eventual departure point from Paris. I picked the Downtown office at the Bastille which is a short walk from the Gare D’ Lyon where I was catching my train to Italy.
The entire rental went very well (I have rented from EuropCar before). Pick up took all of 1/2 hour including the inspection of the car. They gave me a brand new Fiat 500X which I loved. We had 4 good sized adults all of our luggage and a dog... all of us fit quite comfortably and it got a consistent 49 MPG.
I put about 2000 Kilometers on it driving from Paris to Normandy then back across most of France to Burgundy all around and back to Paris. I loved driving that little car. I’d buy one in a minute back home. UNFORTUNATELY WE DONT GET THE DIESEL. Nor do our cars get the same great fuel mileage of the European ones.
Because I am taking my dog around Europe with me I stopped at a self serve car wash on the day I returned it and vacuumed it and washed it off.
Check in was a breeze. The man gave it a quick once over...it was all clean and shiny...signed it off and I was on my way.
EuropeCar was very easy to deal with at this location, driving in France is a breeze with great roads and great service plazas along the “A” routes. My credit card worked in all the station machines but one grocery store chain. And the regular stations are all the type where you fill up then pay inside.. We used cash in all of the Toll Road machines and that was easy, intuitive and fast.
So all in all it was a very good experience with none of the problems or issues that I read so much about here in the forum before I left. I hope if you are renting a car in France your trip goes just as smoothly.