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First Timers Guide to Renting a Car in Australia

First Timers Guide to Renting a Car in Australia

Are you travelling from overseas and visiting Australia for the first time? Car rentals are highly recommended because it gets you to spend less when commuting and help you get around the place much easier. This guide is for anyone who is flying into the land Down Underand planning to use a rental car either to get around for their business trip or during a planned vacation.

But first things first, you need to know the basics before you search for an airport car hire.

  1. Make sure your Rental Car is Insured

It is quite important to check and compare each car rental providers’ Terms and Conditions on the insurance policy. Countries have a base rental rate that is includes Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) which is a basic protection for cases of an incident; while in Australia, car rental providers have a standard excess rate of $4000 to $5000.

  1. Use a Credit Card to Pick Up your Car

When picking up your car, you have to use your credit card since some car rental providers double check your credit score to make sure that you are capable of paying any charges. Through credit card payment, you don’t have to worry on passing through the credit check. But also keep note that prepaid credit cards are not accepted by rental services so be sure to stick with your actual credit card.

  1. Underage Surcharge

You’d be surprised that drivers under the age of 24 may have to pay a certain fee called daily underage surcharge in Australia. The rules on age requirement is different for every car rental companies so make sure to double check and get more information since drivers within 21 to 24 years of age may not be able to acquire and rent certain types of vehicles.

  1. Fill up the tank before returning the car

Majority of the rental cars come with a full tank of fuel along with the expectation that renters will return it in its same state. You will have to check the rental agreement if there are fees on this before dropping of the car with a half full tank. But to avoid all the hassle, we can just take a few minutes to refill the fuel tank before returning the car.

  1. Policy on Unlimited Mileage

If you’re going on a road trip, we highly advise you to check and see if the car rental company has deals on unlimited mileage. The policy on mileage limitations vary from company to company so you may want to check up on them before renting a car otherwise you’ll be stressing over it when you hit the road.

Take the time to learn these tips before embarking on a road trip in Australia and you’ll be able to avoid the hassles of problematic car renting service.

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