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Whether at home or overseas you should know the ins and outs of car rental before getting behind the wheel.

Renting a car has numerous benefits, both when on holiday or at home. A rental car will give you the freedom to explore your host country at your own pace, letting you stop where you want for as long as you want to.

Back home, you can use a rental car on holiday too, and spare the wear and tear on your own auto. Before jumping into the driver’s seat however, you should make sure that you know all of the benefits and potential pitfalls.

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FREE double upgrade

Rent an Economy (Group A) through to a Standard (Group D) car with Budget in Australia for 3 or more consecutive days and you'll receive a free double upgrade and up to a maximum full size sports (Group P) car. Conditions apply.

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Up to 20% off hires

Valid for pick-ups on Sunday, Monday or Tuesdays in Australia until 31 March. Blackout dates apply. See site for details.

15% off hires of five days or more

Valid on rentals until 15 December in Australia and New Zealand. Blackout dates apply. See site for details.

Up to $30 max off weekend or weekly rental

Get up to $30 max off weekend or weekly rental at Hertz. T&Cs apply.

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$30 off car hires

Valid on car hires in Australia until 10 April that are five days or more. Valid on car groups B, C, D, E, F, P, V, K, W, L, G, H & S.

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20% off when you rent for 7 or more days

Get 20% off when you rent for 7 or more days in Australia at Hertz. Conditions apply.

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Get 3 days of free car hire

Rent a full size car, full size elite, premium, luxury, eco friendly, specials or Prestige car for 11 days or more and receive 3 days free of base rate. Valid on rentals between 7 January 2017 and 28 February 2017. T&Cs apply.

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2 days FREE

Rent a car for 10 days and get 2 days free at Hertz. Conditions apply.

FREE summer upgrade

Rent an economy car through to a full size elite car with Avis in Australia for 2 or more consecutive days and receive a free single upgrade up to a maximum full size elite car. Valid on rentals between 7 January 2017 and 28 February 2017. T&Cs apply.

Get one day free with weekend hire

Valid for car hires in Australia until 29 February. Rent a car for three days over a weekend and get one day free.

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30% on your next rental

Valid for pick-up in USA and Canada before 31 January. Get 30% on your next daily, weekly or weekend rental of most car classes at Hertz. Conditions Apply

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Save 15% when you book a weekly or weekend car rental

Get 15% off when you book a weekly or weekend car rental with the code at Conditions Apply

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Hire a car and get your fourth day free

Hire a car with Budget Car Hire through Drive Now for a minimum of four consecutive days and get your fourth day free of base rate charges. Available for pick ups at the airport in Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne (Tullamarine). Valid on select vehicles including family, full-size and SUVs.

Price guarantee or you get 10% off

Get the lowest price on car hire guaranteed or you'll get 10% off your Drive Now booking.

How do prices vary for overseas car rental?

If you rent cars in Australia, you will find that once you’ve take conversion rates into consideration, the prices are not much different for overseas car rental, especially when dealing with international companies like Hertz or Avis.

For example, renting a car in the United States is almost the same cost as in Australia, but in England they are only slightly lower. You will have to be specific about the country and which part you will be travelling in if you want to get the most accurate prices to compare.

What should I do when I have lost property in a rental car?

When you rent a car, you are given the option to purchase additional insurance and with some companies that could include personal effects insurance. If you purchased that insurance when renting the car, then any property lost or stolen from it will be covered by the rental car company for an amount depending on the extent of coverage you have chosen.

Alternatively, your travel insurance may include lost and stolen property covers. If you lost property in the rental car, call your insurance company to find out how to file a claim. Your last option is through your credit card. Some cards come with complimentary travel insurance, including for lost property. Put a call into your credit card company to report the loss and file a claim to be reimbursed.

What’s better? To hire a car or to purchase one?

Depending on how long you plan to rent a car, you may find that buying is a less expensive option. With a buyback deal you could get up to 50% back when a purchased car is sold back to the dealer at the end of your trip. This scheme works best when you need the car long term, but you have to take a lot into consideration.

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For example, you could rent a Toyota Yaris through a major car rental agency for six months and pay approximately $6,000. Advertised prices for a similar used Yaris can be found for as low as $10,000. If the dealer were to offer you a buyback of 50%, you could save at least $1,000 if not more if you were able to find an independent buyer when you are finished with the car.

Keep in mind, that with this system you will also be responsible for registering the vehicle, insurance and maintenance. With the rental company, all of that is included in the price. You also may have to take into consideration the price of financing if you don’t have the cash on hand to make the purchase. The only way to make buying more cost effective than renting is by taking the time to find the right priced car with the right buyback guarantee.

Help! I’ve damaged my rental car – what can I do?

Whether the damage is caused by an accident, or you mistakenly broken a window, the first thing you should do is contact the car rental agency. Depending on their policies and the type of insurance you have secured, they will let you know what to do next. If the car is damaged to the point where you can no longer drive it, yet you still need a car, they will take care of the repair and issue you a replacement car to finish out your contract.

Is there an age surcharge for car hire if you’re under 25 years of age?

Rental car agencies can charge additional fees daily for drivers under the age of 25. The amount of the surcharge varies with each company, so if you are in that age bracket and want to rent a car, you will need to look at each company’s individual terms and conditions to determine what the charge will be.

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Avis, for example charges $28.50 daily to driver’s between the ages of 21 and 24 in addition to the normal price of renting, while Hertz charges $16.50. Drivers aged 18 to 21 will be charged an even higher surcharge, if allowed to rent at all. There may also be restrictions on the type of vehicle you can rent if you are under 25.

What’s the best way to rent a car in Europe?

When booking a car rental for an overseas trip to Europe or any other location, it is recommended to book online or over the phone in advance. In almost all cases you will find that car rentals are priced higher when rented directly at the counter. Set aside some time and comparison shop amongst a few different companies to see which one is gives you the best value, but make sure that you are making fair comparisons. That means ensuring that it is the same class of car and all of the same charges are included in the advertised price, such as tax, booking fees and insurance.

All of your rental car arrangements should be made in advance, including payment. This will protect you from changes in exchange rates, hidden clauses, and other unexpected charges that could come up at the counter and make sure that you understand the policies regarding petrol on your return, late penalties, and how to report an accident or incident. When you make your online reservation print your confirmation details and have that document along with the receipt of payment readily available when you arrive at the rental car counter.

How do I decide on what car model to hire?

If you are attempting to save money with a rental car, the model type you choose should be suited perfectly for your needs. Generally the larger the car, the more expensive it will be, so if you are travelling as a pair there is no need for a larger vehicle. Also, take into account the amount of room you need for your luggage, the amount of petrol it consumes, and the expected distances you plan to travel by car.

What do I do if I think I’ve been overcharged for car hire?

If you note charges on your credit card from the rental car agency that you were not made aware of, contact them immediately and ask for an explanation. If it turns out to be an error on their part, then they will have to charge back your account.

If there is a dispute, and you believe that the car hire company overcharged you, you could also file a dispute with your own credit card company. They will investigate the charges and work directly with the car rental company to come up with a resolution.

Be advised, however, that many of those charges can be explained in the fine print of your rental car contract, making it very important that you read all of those documents thoroughly and ask any questions before renting a vehicle.

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