10 sites to book rental cars online

Drive the price of your rental down by comparing the car rental companies from around the world.

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Renting cars for holidays can be a confusing business. There are so many providers to choose from, all with different terms and conditions, vehicles and models and, most crucially, prices.

We’ve rounded up the best car hire sites on the Internet to help take the stress out of your search.

What’s the difference between booking direct and booking with an online aggregator?

On one hand, aggregators allow you to easily compare options from different companies with one simple search, but on the other, booking direct can let you access exclusive deals and discounts that are only available when booking direct. We recommend a combination: Use an aggregator, like the tool just below, to see more options and check in on our car hire deals page to see what offers are available to get the best price for you.

Top 10 sites to book rental cars online


Europcar

Europcar

Despite the name Europcar is not confined to Europe. Since it was founded in 1949 it has spread to over 140 countries worldwide, and rents a wide variety of cars, vans and trucks.

  • Redeem Virgin Velocity Frequent Flyer points against your booking
  • Accounts available for business customers
  • Privilege Loyalty Program offers exclusive rewards and discounts

Search for cars from Europcar


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Avis

Global car hire giant Avis has been around since 1946. Since then it has expanded and currently has over 5,000 rental locations worldwide.

  • Mobile app available for iOS
  • Offers and specials available in the site’s deals section
  • Avis Preferred Membership offers priority service and pricing

Search for cars from Avis



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Hertz

Hertz was founded in 1918 with just 12 Model-T Fords in its fleet. Today it has operations in over 146 countries and is the largest worldwide airport use car rental brand in the world.

  • 24-hour roadside assistance with every booking
  • Hertz Mobile Wi-Fi connects you to Wi-Fi wherever you go
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards users receive exclusive rewards

Search for cars from Hertz


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Budget

Part of the Avis rental group, Budget specialises in cars and trucks for those on, well, a budget. It stocks a wide range of cars, vans and trucks in over 2,500 locations worldwide.

  • RMS E-Toll in all bookings automatically charges any tolls incurred to your credit card
  • Join the Budget Fastbreak program for exclusive rewards
  • Earn FlyBuys or Qantas Frequent Flyer points on all bookings

Search for cars with Budget


DriveNow

Use Drive Now to compare the price of car hire, plus book campervans and car relocations.

  • Compare car prices from multiple companies
  • Guaranteed best rate on your car hire or you'll get 10% off
  • Book cars in almost 100 countries around the world

Search for cars with DriveNow


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Expedia

Since it was founded in 1996, Expedia has become one of the world’s leading online travel agents and is a trusted site for finding online deals. It is known for flight and hotel bookings, but also offers rental car deals.

  • Price match guarantee ensures it won’t be beaten on price
  • Exclusive last minute deals
  • Expedia+ provides members-only discounts and deals

Search for cars with Expedia


Sixt

With thousands of locations around the world, no matter where you need a car, Sixt has you covered.

  • Frequent deals with up to 35% off hires
  • Discounts available if you pre-pay for your vehicle
  • Average age of cars is just three months

Search for cars with Sixt


Wotif

Wotif

Australian travel-planning site Wotif burst onto the scene in 2000, offering bookings for flights, hotels, packages and car hire.

  • Customer reviews let you see what others thought of hotels, airlines and rental agencies
  • No hotel booking fees
  • Sign up to the newsletter for exclusive deals and savings

Search for cars with Wotif


BYOJet

BYOJet

One of Australia’s leading travel sites, BYOJet finds great deals on a range of travel needs, including car hire and discounts on world famous attractions.

  • Car hire, packages and insurance available worldwide
  • Live chat available
  • Exclusive deals on local attractions

Hotwire

Hotwire

Hotwire specialises in unsold travel deals. This means that anytime a plane seat goes unsold, a hotel room goes unbooked or a hire care is not reserved, Hotwire swoops in and negotiates a cheaper rate for consumers.

  • Exclusive rates and deals
  • Get $10 off when you sign up for the newsletter
  • Mobile app for on-the-go browsing and booking

Search for cars with Hotwire


Which of these retailers allow me to compare different car companies?

  • Wotif compares car hire companies including Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz
  • Drive Now compares both car hire and campervan rental from popular companies including Hertz, Budget, Avis, Europcar, Britz, Jucy and Maui.
  • Expedia compares car hire companies including Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Enterprise
  • BYOJet compares Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz and Budget
  • Hotwire compares Alamo, Budget, Dollar Rent A Car, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty

Which car hire company should I choose?

There's no single right answer to this question. Sometimes it might be cheaper to book direct with the car hire company, but aggregators like Wotif and Expedia may feature special deals that you can only access through them.

If you’re looking for the cheapest car hire available for your trip, spend the time to see what each company and aggregator is offering in terms of cars, price and insurance costs, to make an informed decision. Don’t forget to check out our coupon codes and deals [link to the coupons below] to see what steals you can drive away with.


Which of these retailers allow me to add on hire car insurance?


Considering car insurance?

READ MORE: The ins and outs of car rental excess insurance

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