Hertz vs Thrifty
Can’t decide between Hertz and Thrifty? We’ve made it easy by comparing them both.
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Planning to hire a car? Choosing a company can be a time-consuming process. Thrifty and Hertz are both popular choices, with offices all around the world.
We’ve compared the two to help you decide which is best for you. From vehicles and payment options to policies and special offers, we’ve got it all covered, so you can book your rental with confidence.
Hertz vs Thrifty
|Where can I hire a car?||Hertz has 9,700 locations across:||Thrifty is part of The Hertz Corporation and has more than 1,000 locations shared with Hertz across:||Hertz has more locations.|
|What types of cars does it have?||Thrifty has a wider range of vehicles.|
|Does it require a deposit?||No, although paying a deposit decreases the overall price.||Yes.||Hertz does not require a deposit.|
|Is insurance included?||Yes. Accident damage excess is included, which reduces your liability for loss or damage to the vehicle. Additional insurance packages can also be purchased.||Yes. All reservations come with standard cover, including third-party cover to reduce your liability for third-party incidents and vehicle loss or damage. Additional insurance options are available.||Both companies include insurance in their rental packages.|
|How much is excess?||The excess is $4,650 for 2WD and $6,001 for Prestige/Adrenaline vehicles, 4WD, AWD and light trucks/vans.|
The excess is $7000 for vehicles heavier than 3 tonnes and $8,250 for Dream Collection vehicles.
|The excess is $4,000 for passenger vehicles and $5,500 for 4WDs.||Thrifty has cheaper excess.|
|Do I need to wash the car?||No. However, the car should not be returned in an excessively dirty or smelly condition.||No, but vehicles should be clean and tidy when they are returned.||Neither Hertz nor Thrifty require you to wash your vehicle.|
|Rental requirements||Drivers must be 21 years of age or older with a valid driver’s licence either written in English or accompanied by a translation.||Drivers must be 21 or older with a valid, non-provisional Australian licence or a current overseas licence. Licences not written in English or lacking a photo must be accompanied by a translation or an international driving permit.||Hertz has simpler rental requirements.|
|Does it charge per mile/kilometre?||No. However, in cases where a limit on distance applies, if you exceed the limit you may be charged by the kilometre/mile.||No. However, rentals with limited mileage may be charged per mile/kilometre if the limit is exceeded.||Neither company charges per mile/kilometre.|
|Is there unlimited mileage?||Depending on your pickup location and the type of vehicle, mileage may be limited. If so, a daily kilometre allowance will be shown on your rental agreement.||Typically, mileage is unlimited, but limited mileage does apply to certain vehicles and locations. Mileage is always specified in the rental agreement.||In most cases, mileage is unlimited on Hertz and Thrifty rentals.|
|Does it rent to under 25s?||Yes. The minimum driving age in most locations is 21. However, in some places, renting to people under 25 is not possible or is subject to restrictions and fees.||Yes. However, drivers aged 21-24 will incur an age surcharge and cannot purchase the Ultimate Protection insurance package. Location-specific limitations may apply.||Both companies rent to under 25s, subject to fees and location-specific restrictions.|
|Does it accept cash?||Yes.||No.||Hertz accepts cash.|
|Does it price match?||Yes. If you can find a better rate, Hertz will match it and take a further 10% off that rate.||Yes. If you find a better rental rate elsewhere, Thrifty will take a further 10% off the rate.||Both Thrifty and Hertz price match.|
|Does it pick you up?||In some locations.||Pick-up and drop-off services are offered to disabled customers and their travelling companion/s.||Both companies offer very limited pick-up services.|
|What are my payment options?||Hertz has more payment options.|
|Does it accept debit cards?||Yes.||Yes. However, there are exceptions. Check with your Thrifty office before your rental begins.||Hertz universally accepts debit cards.|
|Does it allow for cancellations/changes? If so, how?||You can cancel online before the rental begins, but fees may apply. You can also make changes to the return date, time and location, but fees may apply.||You can cancel or make modifications online before the rental begins. During the rental period, you can make changes by contacting the Thrifty office responsible for your rental.||Hertz and Thrifty both allow for cancellations and changes before and during the rental period.|
|How long does it hold reservations?||Depending on the location and vehicle type, vehicle reservations are typically held either for two hours after your specified pick-up time or until 11:59pm on the specified pick-up date.||Thrifty has no clear policy regarding reservation hold periods. The policy varies by location. Always inform your rental company of changes to pick-up and drop-off times and dates as soon as you are able.||The length of time that Hertz and Thrifty will hold reservations varies by location.|
|Can I add an extra driver?||Yes. Your immediate family and partner, employees and employers can drive the vehicle free of charge provided they meet the rental requirements. Anyone else must pay an additional driver fee of $5.50 per day, capped at 5 days. An additional fee applies for drivers aged 21-25.||Yes. Additional drivers must meet the rental requirements and be listed on the rental agreement. There is a charge of $5.50 per day, capped at $27.50 per 30-day rental period. Some corporate rate customers, Auto Club members and Blue Chip members are exempt from the additional driver fee.||Both companies allow additional drivers.|
Who offers the best price?
Hertz and Thrifty have identical price match guarantees, so whichever company you choose, you know you will get the best price on your rental. One advantage of renting with Hertz is the option to pay a little more to book without a deposit. The major point of difference between Hertz and Thrifty is their base prices.
We entered exactly the same reservation criteria on both Hertz and Thrifty’s booking engines and found that Hertz offered a cheaper price.
Hertz rental price:
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Any other differences worth noting?
Do they have manual and/or automatic cars?
Hertz and Thrifty offer both manual and automatic vehicles.
Do the seats have covers?
Neither company specifies whether seat covers are included.
Do cars have trackers?
Some Hertz vehicles are fitted with in-vehicle monitoring systems which track the vehicle’s location, speed and distance for the duration of the rental period.
Thrifty does not specify whether its vehicles are tracked or which system may be used. Enquire at the time of booking for a definitive answer about your particular vehicle.
Is there a points/loyalty programme?
Hertz has a Gold Plus Rewards Programme, where you’ll earn one point for every US dollar or equivalent spent at participating Hertz locations.
Thrifty’s rewards programme is called Blue Chip. Members can book faster, skip the queue at the rental counter and even skip the counter at select Australian locations. Members also receive exclusive email offers and are rewarded for continued loyalty with benefits and a Blue Chip VIP upgrade.
Is GPS included?
Thrifty and Hertz do not automatically include GPS systems in rental packages, but they are available as an extra.
Can I return the car early?
Hertz allows early returns, but you may have to pay an early return fee.
Thrifty allows early returns. You will only be charged for the days you used the car, but fees may apply.
Can I get a discount?
Aside from special deals, offers and vouchers, Hertz does not offer discounts. Gold Plus Rewards members can redeem points for free rental days, weekends or weeks.
Regular Thrifty business customers can access pre-agreed lower rates using Corporate Discount numbers. Auto club members are often eligible for discounts as well. Otherwise, the only discounts Thrifty offers are special deals and Blue Chip membership rewards and discounts.
What are the deals like?
Hertz deals include a flat percentage discount off the overall rental price, free days and discounts for certain vehicles and locations. Frequent deals we’ve seen include one free day off the base rate when you book five days’ rental, 20% off the base rate when you book seven or more days’ rental and getting a car for three days over the weekend for the price of two.
Thrifty’s deals include partner deals, weekend specials, vehicle class upgrades, free rental days and discounts for certain vehicles and locations. Thrifty currently offers 25% off midweek moving truck rentals, 12% off larger passenger vehicles, free vehicle upgrades at select Australian locations, four days for the price of three, 10% off SUV rentals, cheap Nifty car rental in Western Australia, free day/s for Northern Territory car rentals, two free theme park passes with SUV rental from Coolangatta and deals with partners including Bluesfest, AFL, Experience Oz and Virgin Australia.
Both companies have an excellent range of deals covering vehicle upgrades, free days, rate discounts and more. However, Thrifty currently has more deals, especially partner discounts, where you can reap some serious benefits for other aspects of your holiday – think theme park entry, Virgin Velocity points, accommodation and more.
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