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What are some common additional charges?

The good things in life are not always free, and that holds for renting a hire car as well. Read on to discover some of the more common features that may attract an additional fee.

When you pickup and return a rental vehicle, there may be some additional charges you will be required to pay. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of some of the potential things you can be charged for by the car rental company.

  • Fuel

    You can choose to pre-purchase fuel at the start of your rental, so that you are not required to return the car with a full tank. If you have not selected this option, you can be charged per litre if you return the car without a full tank.

  • Optional Extras

    If you require a GPS or a child seat, you will be charged by the car rental company at the depot. VroomVroomVroom does not take payment for these charges.

  • Additional Driver

    If you want to authorise an additional driver to drive the rental vehicle, you may have to pay an additional daily surcharge, but in some cases, the additional driver is included in the rate. You will need to consult the Terms and Conditions of your rental car to find out the rules specific to your case.

  • Young Driver Surcharge

    Most rental car providers will add a surcharge for drivers aged 21-24. This is referred to as a Young Driver Surcharge.

  • One Way Fee

    If you are dropping your rental car in a different location to the one you collected it, you will be charged a one way fee. This amount depends on which location you will be dropping the vehicle.

  • Excess Reduction Products

    Some customers choose to pre-purchase Rental Vehicle Excess Insurance, but another option is to purchase the excess reduction products offered at the counter. These products reduce your financial liability in the case of any damage being caused to the rental car.

  • Toll Charges

    If you are planning on using toll roads, you will be responsible for any toll charges incurred.

  • Parking/speeding fines

    If you are fined for any traffic infringements during your rental period, the car rental company will pass these charges on to you. You also may have to pay an additional administrative charge.

  • Kilometre charges

    If your rental car has a kilometre limit that you have exceeded, you will be charged an additional fee to cover the excess kilometres.

  • Damage Fees

    If any additional damage is found when you return your rental car, you are liable to pay up to the capped excess amount.

Important Information

Zoe wants to drive from Melbourne to Sydney

Zoe made a reservation for a rental car with VroomVroomVroom. When she arrives at the depot, the car rental company representative tells her that she will need to pay a Young Driver Surcharge because she is 22 years old. Zoe also said she would like to hire a GPS, which incurs an extra daily surcharge. Because Zoe is planning to drop the car off in Sydney, she will need to pay a One Way Surcharge. When she returns the car to Sydney, Zoe does not have time to fill the car with fuel, so as a result, she is charged a fee for re-fuelling the car. Because her car did not have a kilometre limit, she did not use any toll roads and no additional damage was found, Zoe will not be charged anything extra.