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Renting a car this Christmas

Christmas car rental rates

Looking to book a rental car for Christmas? No worries. Simply enter your desired travel dates into our search form and compare Christmas rates from Australia’s leading rental providers, including Avis, Budget, East Coast, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Why are rental rates more expensive over Christmas?

The main reason that rental car rates go up over Christmas and other holiday periods is because of high demand. Cars get booked up quickly for these times of year, resulting in fewer options at higher prices for anyone booking closer to Christmas, especially in locations with limited supply.

Is there a way to get lower rates on Christmas rentals?

Because rates on rental cars go up and down all the time, it can be difficult to know exactly when to book. However, if you’re booking for Christmas, the best thing you can do to give yourself a wider selection of cars and prices to choose from is to book well in advance. As soon as you know what dates you’ll be travelling on — even if you know as early as the start of the year — get that rental car booked! This way, you’ll be securing the rates you book even if they go up later, and you also won’t have to worry about missing out.

What happens if I book early and then need to cancel?

You are not locked into your rental agreement until you arrive to collect the rental car and sign the paperwork, so if you book now and your plans change later, you can cancel your reservation at any time. Note: if you paid a deposit at the time of booking, you will need to give at least 48 hours notice of your cancellation to receive a refund.

If you need to change your dates or book a different vehicle, please keep in mind that the rates will change based on the following:

  • When you modify your booking
  • Your new travel dates
  • The selected vehicle type
  • The selected rental provider

That said, if you know you’ll need to modify your booking, we recommend doing this as early as possible.

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