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Should I bring my right hand drive car to Cannes?

Posted by brightarkarma - Created: 6 years ago
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Posted by les321 - 6 years ago

We ran a RHD car here for 3 years and found out after a while that UK car insurnace does not cover you for more than 30 days in a single trip, it's invalid if you have an accident. By all means ask your UK insurance company if they will cover your car long term in France.

Many people use AXA in Nice. We also used them to insure our RHD, UK registered car. BUT discovered that you, your UK car & other roadusers would not be covered in an accident - We had to sell it & buy a French registered car.

All French insurance companies, other than AXA in Nice, will tell you you are not covered.

To find out just contact one of many insurance companies, eg. AVIVA on 04 94 73 00 11 & ask them if what I'm saying is correct.

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Posted by brightarkarma - 6 years ago

Thank you Caz - good to know both sides of the coin. Really grateful! A.

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Posted by brightarkarma - 6 years ago

thanks for the tip - will give them a call. A.

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Posted by Caz4129 - 6 years ago

Hi,We brought our much loved 205 Roland Garros down with us 12 years ago and regretted it !! You must have air con fitted as it is too hot to have the roof down,our heads fried ! Also you can get targetted with British plates,especially at traffic lights and car parks and it costs about 700 euros to French register.Also [ doom and gloom ] the french don,t care about opening their car doors into yours and normally use your car to know if they are in a parking space.We took ours back to England,had it resprayed etc and garaged to use when we make visits back.On the auto route is ok,but on the ordinary roads it is very difficult to see to overtake and if you get stuck behind a lorry or bus it is a nightmare especially with hooting from the line of irrate drivers behind you.Sorry to be so dismal,but I did not enjoy having a well looked after right hand drive car over here.

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Posted by cizealin - 6 years ago

You will be covered third party only on your UK insurance unless you ask for a green card. Most insurance companies only offer this for three months or so. If you get stuck and need an annual green card to keep your car fully comp try Stuart Collins insurance brokers in Wales (google) who specialise in this, not too expensive.

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Posted by brightarkarma - 6 years ago

Thanks John!

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Posted by john794406-226781 - 6 years ago

Hi We've had right hand drive cares here four five years, no problems except you need a T peage badge.Still on English plates without query, other than only found AXA for insurance & thy're a bit more expensive.Good luck, John

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Posted by brightarkarma - 6 years ago

Thank you - I think I can get a t-peage account from the UK.... I guess it will come down to how much I could get for my UK car before I leave. Convertibles are harder to sell during snow storms, I'm told!

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Posted by soundsalike - 6 years ago

There is no problem only inconvenience of RHD with Péage, answer get a badge to use auto péage, lots do the conversion to French plates, its only the cost to do it.