Cost Breakdown for Car Rental Prices in Australia
There are a number of different surcharges and fees that contribute to the car rental rate you see on your screen. The cost breakdown is different for each supplier, but there are many charges they all have in common. If you want to understand how the car rental price structure works, here is a guide.
What are the charges?
The additional taxes and surcharges that are added to your car rental rate depend on a number of things. For example, the location you are picking up the car from, the company you are hiring from and the age of the driver all affect the price. These charges are usually charged at a daily rate.
Even if you choose to add extras to your booking, this should not alter the base rate. Although the breakdown may be different for each of our suppliers, here is a quick overview of some of the charges that contribute to the price.
- The base rate is the basic cost of your rental car before any relevant taxes and surcharges have been added.
- GST (Australian Goods and Services tax applied to products sold domestically)
- Premium location fee (applies to locations such as airports). This fee is charged as a percentage of the total rate, so any extras requested may affect the price.
- Vehicle Registration Recovery is a charge that reimburses the car rental company for any registration and compulsory insurance charges imposed by the states and territories of Australia.
- Age surcharge (applied to drivers who are under 25)
- Administration Recovery is a charge for all administrative costs associated with your rental.