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How Do I Request a Child Seat for my Rental Car?

Child seats

The safety of their child is something every parent must consider when travelling by car. When you reserve your car hire, keep in mind that there are laws in each state and territory in Australia which regulate the kind of baby seat to use for children ages 0 to 16 years.

Your child must be seated in a rear-facing seat until he or she is six months old. Children below seven years old should never sit in the front, and depending on their age, there may be other requirements for the seating arrangements.

With a wide selection of child seats available in the market right now, some parents get overwhelmed by the choices and end up buying or renting the wrong car seat. To help you choose the perfect car seat for your child, VroomVroomVroom has put together a guide.

What type of child seat do I need?

The type of child seat you will need depends on the age of the child. Here is a general guideline to the types of seats that are available in Australia:

  • 6-12 months: Your child must be in a rear-facing child seat. Please not that capsules are not available from car rental companies - only rear-facing seats.
  • 6 months to 4 years: Your child should be restrained in a approved forward-facing seat with a built-in harness.
  • 4 years to 7 years: Your child should be seated in a booster seat that has an adjustable seat belt with a harness.

How do I add a child seat to my car rental booking?

If you need to add a rear-facing, forward-facing child seat or a booster seat to your booking, you can do so during the booking process. If the pick up time is more than 48 hours away, you will have the option to request a child seat as you make your booking. The cost of the seat will be displayed on the screen - but not reflected in your total. When your request is confirmed, our team will contact you regarding the updated cost.

If you have already made your booking - you can request a child seat by contacting our Customer Care Team. You can contact our team via phone, email or live chat. Alternatively you can reply to your booking confirmation email advising the age of the child.

If you need to add more than two child seats to a booking, you will need to contact our Customer Care Team directly, as this request will depend on availability and the type of vehicle you are hiring.

How much does it cost to add a child seat to my booking?

Car Rental CompanyChild Seats Costs
Avis logoBooster seats cost $5.50* per day (or $27.50*) per week up to a maximum of $55* per rental. Rear-facing and forward-facing seats cost $7.70* per day (or $38.50* per week) up to a maximum of $77*.
Budget logoYou can add a child seat to your booking at a cost of $8.80* per day (inc. GST) / up to a maximum of $88* per rental.
East Coast logoForward facing seat, rear facing seat and booster seat cost $6.05* each per day (inc. GST) / up to a maximum of $66* per rental.
Enterprise logoBooster seats cost $30* per rental. Child seats and baby seats cost $55* per rental.
Europcar logoYou can choose to add a forward-facing seat or a rear-facing seat to your Europcar booking at a cost of $11* per day, up to a maximum of $77* per rental.
Hertz logoInfant seats, child seats and booster seats are charged at $22.00* inc GST.
Thrifty logoBaby seats are available from most locations at a cost of $12.65* (inc GST) per day / $88.55* per 30-day rental.

*Prices in AUD. All extra add-ons will attract additional percentage taxes and surcharges. Prices are subject to change without notice. For information about your specific booking - contact our Customer Care Team.

Read more about adding extras to your car rental booking.


Before you request a child seat . . .

Make sure you advise the age of the child if you are contacting our Customer Care Team to request a child seat. The age of your child determines whether they should be seated in a rear-facing, forward-facing or a booster seat. Remember that forward or rear-facing seats cannot be used on 12-seated vehicles because they do not have the anchor point to secure these types of seats. However, booster seats can be used for 12-seaters.