Hi, good morning Bill, Paul here. This advice will only be relevant if you are considering purchasing a new vehicle. I have just returned from France. My wife and I are moving there permanently in January. One of the reasons for my visit was to purchase a new car.
I had no French Bank Account or Permanent Address although I explainedthat at the time of collection, I would have both.
Before my visit I did a bit of research online and printed off quotes from the manufacturers sites that contained prices, including extras etc. I downloaded prices from dealers in Holland, Belgium and Germany and just kept the quotes that contained the lowest prices. I wrote a brief letter detailing exactly what i was looking for including warranty and after sales service, but not price (I used Google translate for this and it was pretty accurate). I printed off 4 copies and then, when if france visited 2 dealerships close to where we propose to live.
A salesman at each dealership took a look at the quotes and my written specification and on both occasions they beat the online quotes without me having to haggle. In addition, I was offered an extended 3 year manufacturers guarantee (5 years in total), 3 years free servicing and the price was on the road with no extras. The price quoted by the dealer was within 400 euros of what I wanted to pay, I asked for the additional discount and said that he could have his order immediately if he could meet my price, he even threw in a set of floor mats. 5 minutes later the deal was done. it took 35 minutes in total.
It was really easy. I have had to pay no deposit and my car is ready to collect mid Feb 2016.
If you are looking for a new car, i can think of no simpler way to present your case to a dealership, no language issues and the process is very easy. On this occasion my wife had wanted a small, economical car and chose a Ford Fiesta. if anyone else is thinking of doing the same and is interested in a Ford, then I can pass on the details of the dealership. They are based just outside Perigeaux. In total, we saved £6000.00 on a comparable car in the UK and just under 3000 euros on the French price. All I can say is that the deal was good for me.
Good luck and I hope that this helps.