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Tire chains for a rental car?

Question

I'm renting a car to head to the Alps, and I need to carry tire chains, I think, since the rental agency doesn't have them. Two questions.

First, does anyone rent chains in/around Brussels? We don't own a car and won't need them again at least until next year.

If not, where should I go to buy chains, preferably in the East of Brussels (Ixelles, Etterbeek, Auderghem or the Woluwes), and about how much will they cost? The agency can't tell me the model of the car in advance, so I won't have time to shop around at all.

Thanks in advance

MeHa

You can buy snow chains from any Auto 5: http://www.auto5.be/fr/
But you need to know either size of tires or make/model of the vehicle.
However, any reasonable car hire firm should carry appropriate chains to hire

Feb 9, 2015 10:52
Michael

Thanks, that was exactly the kind of store I was looking for. I knew something like that had to exist but since we don't own a car, I didn't even know what they were called.

I agree that the car rental place ought to rent chains , and I'll check again at the counter when I go, but the reservation agent was pretty clear on the phone that they don't have them (Europcar). At least they will let me mount them within the rental agreement.

Feb 9, 2015 13:30
MeHa

http://www.europcar.com/EBE/module/render/Driving-abroad-in-Winter-condi...

Snow tires and snow chains are available to hire from Europcar for an additional fee and must be requested at time of booking. Snow tires can be booked online or via our Call Centre.

Feb 9, 2015 15:28
becasse

Unfortunately that Europcar page on driving abroad in winter is a long way out of date. The reference to "snow" tyres is misleading since the legislation in various countries requires the use of WINTER tyres - which offer improved grip whenever the temperature falls below 7 degrees, not just when there is snow on the road (although obviously they are helpful then). Furthermore several countries have joined the "winter tyres compulsory" list since the list was compiled, notably Switzerland and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Feb 9, 2015 16:57