Performing a simple forum search will yield pages and pages of information comparing and contrasting the differences between leasing and renting.
In a nut shell, using the insurance provided by a credit card (unsure about rules in Canada) and renting a car always saves you money over leasing. Leasing becomes attractive as the maximum period of credit card insurance is reached, somewhere between 14 and 28 days. Beyond this limit, leasing is usually cheaper than renting and assuming complete insurance coverage.
The fact that a lease guarantees a new car may be attractive to some. Others consider the red license plates on leased cars (indicating certain taxes have not and need not be paid) a flag to would be car thieves (tourist cars are always easy targets and often contain hidden valuables).
I have both rented and leased. I recommend choosing the cheaper alternative.
Thank you, I'll consider renting. What about International Driving Licence? Is it mandatory for leasing in France?
<<<What about International Driving Licence? Is it mandatory for leasing in France?>>>
International Driving Licenses are not required for France.
I believe you need an International Driver's Permit (a translation of your license) to drive in Spain and Portugal. You can obtain one at your local CAA office. It should cost no more than $10 to $20.
Whether renting or leasing, an automatic car requires an advance reservation and it tends to be more expensive so look well in advance.
There are various deals on car rentals offered by rental companies and also your credit card (some cards give you insurance and discount off car rental rates). You should also check online rental brokers such as Autoeurope.
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