Car Hire Finder™ car rental: Compare car rental deals and options

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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Up to 20% off car hire

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Valid on hire cars in Australia and New Zealand for pick up before 16 December 2018. Must book 21 days in advance.

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15% off base rate on 5+ days rentals

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Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand until 29 June 2018. Book 7 days in advance to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Get one day free on weekend rentals

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of three consecutive days including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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10% off USA car hire + 30% off Legoland tickets

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Valid until 31 October 2018. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 25% off prepaid rentals

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Valid for use on select dates and rentals. Just select Pay Now when booking. T&Cs apply.

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$1/day one-way car hire Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Campervan hire from $5/day Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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15% off Audi rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 30 June 2018 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Car Next Door Car Next Door
Car hire from just $5/hour Valid for hire in Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast. Borrow a car from as low as $5/hour or $25/day.

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20% off Latin America and Caribbean car hire

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Valid until 31 July 2018 on intermediate and larger car categories. T&Cs apply.

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10% off private car rides

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Book now and save 10% off on private car rides all over 90 airports in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, and the Czech Republic. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals until 30 September 2018 with minimum of four consecutive days rental across Australia. T&cs apply.

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15% off car hire

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of seven consecutive days. T&Cs apply.

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$1 per day on New Zealand car hire

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Maximum of 3 days rental. This is a relocation deals and drive from Christchurch Airport, Queenstown Airport, Dunedin Airport, Hokitika Airport, or Greymouth to Nelson, Picton or Blenheim. T&Cs apply.

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Free upgrade on your car hire

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Rent an Economy (Group A) through to a Full Size (Group E) car for 2 or more consecutive days including a Saturday night and receive a free single upgrade up to a maximum Full Size Sports (Group P) car. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 35% off Europe rentals

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Valid for rentals between 23 April -13 May 2018. Destinations include Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, UK and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 35% off weekly rentals

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Valid for rental on select dates. Minimum of 7-day rental to redeem offer. Earn miles and points for all major airline and hotel loyalty programs. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off Los Angeles rentals

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Offer is only valid for online bookings on Sixt Rent a Car. Includes unlimited mileage and free rebooking and cancellation. T&Cs apply.

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15% off rides Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Sydney and Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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Mount Buller Day trip w/ CBD transfers for $77

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Valid for from 2 July - 7 September 2018 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Includes return CBD transfers. T&Cs apply.

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Holiday Cars Holiday Cars
10% off on car hire Get 10% off on your first car hire. T&Cs apply.

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Free 1 day car hire on 6-days rental

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Valid for travel on select dates until 15 June 2018. Minimum of 6-days rental to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Free double upgrade on Queensland car hire

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Rent an Economy (Group A) through to a Full-Size Elite (Group P) car for 3 consecutive days or more and enjoy a free double upgrade. Valid on rentals from 3 April - 30 June 2018. T&Cs apply.

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35% off Canada car hire

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Valid on select dates and destinations. Must be pre-pay to avail the discount. Conditions apply.

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Third weekend free car hire

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Available for rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Valid for 3 consecutive days over the weekend including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off SUV hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 4 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Free upgrade on 2-day car hire

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Valid for rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018.. Minimum of 2 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Italy car hire from just $24 Valid for travel on select dates. Rate is based on a 7-day rental. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off your first ride Get $20 off on your first ride.

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$20 off car hire

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Get $20 off an intermediate (Group C) through to Luxury (Group H) and Full-Size Sports (Group P) car rental when you rent for three or more consecutive days. Valid for rentals on select dates until September 2018. T&Cs apply.

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$10 off first ride + up to 20% off rides Use code for $10 off your first Taxify ride plus up to 20% off rides Monday to Thursday.

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Up to 25% off during happy hours Valid for use on select dates. Just look for the "Request Happy Hour" button when booking to redeem offer. T&C's apply.

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DriveMyCar DriveMyCar
Subaru XV hire from just $229 per week Valid for use on select dates. Minimum of 7-day rental to redeem offer. Inclusive of 100km plus extra 100km free per day, roadside assistance and comprehensive insurance.T&C's apply.

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DriveMyCar DriveMyCar
Car hire from $23 per day Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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15% off 2019 car hire

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Valid for rentals between 1 January 2019 - 15 December 2019 across Australia. Minimum of 5 consecutive days rental. T&C's apply.

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Get one free day on 5-day rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 30 June 2018 any day of the week. Valid across Australia.

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5% off US car hire for seniors

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Valid on select dates and US rental locations. Valid I.D. proving age of 50+ must be shown upon renting. T&C's apply.

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Up to 20% off Mexico car rentals

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Up to 35% off Germany weekly rentals

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Valid for travel on select dates and locations in Germany. Includes free rebooking and cancellation, third party insurance and more. T&C's apply.

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15% off Miami car rentals

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Valid for travel on select dates and Miami locations. Includes free rebooking and cancellation, unlimited mileage and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 10% off car rentals in Europe

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Valid for travel on select dates. Includes free rebooking and cancellation. T&C's apply.

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25% off premium hire insurance Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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Up to 15% off business car rental Sign up today as a partner to get up to 15% off on your business car rentals. Visit site for more details.

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10% off New Zealand car hire

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Valid for rental pick ups until 30 June 2018 at select locations across New Zealand. Minimum of 3-day rentals. T&C's apply.

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Save up to 70% on car hire from airports Valid on select dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. T&C's apply.

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10% off your first hire Valid on select dates and destinations. Sign up for newsletter and get 10% off for first hire. T&C's apply.

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15% off for 5-day car hire

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Valid for rental pick ups until 30 June 2018 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&C's apply.

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10% off 3+ day truck, ute and van rentals

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Valid for pick ups until 31 August 2018 in Australia. Minimum three day hire required.

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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.

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

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