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21 June, 2013 - Peta Daniels Peta Daniels

Guide to Getting the Best Car Rental Deal

If you are searching for the best car rental deals in Australia, it pays to compare. With a large selection of major and independent suppliers servicing the car hire market, you can find a variation in the inclusions and terms and conditions on offer from each rental agent.

So how do you get the best deal that is right for your travel needs? It comes down to your budget and what you need as part of your hire package.

Here are a few aspects you should consider that will help you with choosing a rental package that is right for you.

Guide to Getting the Best Car Rental Deal


Vehicle Size
How much luggage will you be transporting?
How many passengers will you be travelling with?
Do you require a three door car, five door vehicle, or a van?

Vehicle Transmission
Able to drive a manual?
Automatics are a popular choice and when comparing, you may find they are slightly more expensive than manuals. Ensure you check out the great manual deals on offer.

Optional Extras
When comparing suppliers and rental packages, ensure you check out the inclusions and the prices for optional extras you may need.

Excess Reduction
Want extra peace of mind? Choose excess reduction either direct from the supplier or through a third party provider such as, Allianz Insurance or 1Cover.

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Other Helpful Tips
Book in advance to ensure you have access to a greater selection of available rental packages.
Expand your search locations - try other locations near to your preferred destination.
If you are flexible with your pick up and drop off times, remember to try and view all options. Suppliers do have opening hours and your selected pick up time of 4:30am may mean you are limited with your available deals as most suppliers operate from 5:00am. A half an hour difference can be significant in your car rental options.
Aged between 21 and 25* but travelling with a licenced person that is 26 and older? If you opt to be the main driver, your rental package will include an age excess. If you prefer to save on the additional cost and forgo being the driver, you may like to have your travel companion be the designated driver.
Certain suppliers will include 25 within their age surcharge bracket. Please refer to the individual 'Rental Conditions' of each supplier for further information.