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Avis was founded by William Avis in the United States in 1946. Its first car hire outlet, at Willow Run Airport in Detroit, was the first airport car hire depot in the world. While Australian entrepreneur Eric McIllree eventually negotiated a deal with Avis for the rights to the name, he commenced operating under the name in 1955 with FJ Holdens stationed at six Australian airports. At the time, McIllree had the sole concession for car hire at airports, and by 1971 he had rented one million vehicles.

Today Avis has over 200 rental locations across Australia, including at all major airports and city centres. From these locations, Avis rents over a dozen types of vehicle including compact cars, standard cars, full size cars, and 4WDs, along with a selection of specialty vehicles, such as hybrid and luxury cars. Aside from cars, Avis also rents utes, vans, trucks and buses.

As Avis and Budget share the same owner, at airports you may find the two rental agents working side by side or even sharing the same desk. If you’re looking for the Avis desk but can’t find them, look for the Budget desk.

Avis has won a number of awards for its operations in Australia, including the “Most Satisfied Customers - Car Rental” award from Canstar Blue in 2021 and the “Quality Service Silver Award” from Readers Digest, also in 2021.

Customers renting with Avis can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points, while Accor Live Limitless members can earn reward points tied to their rental days.

If you have a query, or need assistance booking an Avis vehicle, contact us.

Why Book An Avis Vehicle?

  • Rated 4 stars for Overall Satisfaction by Canstar Blue in 2022.
  • Over 200 car hire locations in Australia, including at major and regional airports.
  • A wide selection of urban and rural depots across Australia.
  • Frequent Flyer points awarded on bookings.
  • Compact and standard cars, 4WDs, luxury vehicles, and people movers are all available for hire through Avis.

Avis Important Rental Information
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Frequently Asked Questions About Avis

What cars does Avis have?

Avis offers compact cars, economy cars, intermediate cars, SUVs, wagons, and passenger vans. The available range of vehicles varies per location.

How can I pay for my car hire with Avis?

AMEX, Mastercard, Visa, and Diners Club credit cards are accepted for vehicle payments with Avis. You can also pay with a Visa or Mastercard debit card.

How much does Avis require for security bond and how long will it take to refund?

Both credit and debit card payments require a $200 security hold ($400 for commercial vehicles) in addition to the estimated total cost of the vehicle. You won’t have access to these funds until the rental period is completed. The refund usually takes 2 to 10 days, but the amount of time depends on your bank.

What is the minimum age to hire a car from Avis in Australia?

Avis’s minimum age requirement for drivers is 21; however, drivers aged between 21 and 24 will need to pay a young driver surcharge.

What type of driver licence does Avis accept?

Any valid driver’s licence printed in English meets Avis’s licence requirements. If your licence isn’t in English, you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Does an Avis hire car include insurance?

Yes. Basic cover is included in the rental quote, but if the vehicle is stolen, damaged, or a third-party loss occurs, you’ll have to pay up to the Rental Vehicle Excess amount listed in your Avis rental agreement.

How much does roadside assistance cost for an Avis vehicle?

You won’t be charged for mechanical breakdowns, however if you require roadside assistance for a non-mechanical issue, like flat tyres, running out of petrol, or locking your keys in the car, a $198 call-out fee will apply.

How do I pay for road tolls with Avis?

All Avis vehicles are fitted with e-Tags, meaning your toll road usage will be recorded and your nominated credit card will be charged by RMS for any amounts accumulated.

Do I have to wash the vehicle before returning it to Avis?

No. Avis doesn’t require you to wash the hire car prior to drop-off, but it’s advised you return the vehicle in fair condition to avoid cleaning fees.

Do I need to refuel before returning the vehicle to Avis?

Yes. Return the hire car to Avis with a full tank of petrol to avoid extra charges.

How do I extend the booking period of my Avis hire car?

If your rental period is yet to commence, you can modify your booking with the VroomVroomVroom app or contact our customer care team to make the required changes. Otherwise, if the rental period has commenced, you’ll need to contact the Avis depot you collected from, bearing in mind that any changes may alter the total cost of your rental.

Can I get discounts on Avis vehicles with VroomVroomVroom?

Unlike other comparison sites where you’re required to input discount codes upon booking, our rates on Avis vehicles already have applicable discounts applied, resulting in the sharpest available rates on every search.

Happy Customer Reviews
Rating: 4.8 / 5 based on 41358 reviews
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Hathaithip J.
    Date: 01 May 2022
    Feedback: Nice and comfort
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Nicole H.
    Date: 18 Apr 2022
    Feedback: Great experience. No issues at all. Friendly, helpful staff. Good cars (have booked multiple times with AVIS)
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Louise K.
    Date: 16 Apr 2022
    Feedback: Absolutely fine. Its always straight forward and transparent.
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Christiane C.
    Date: 27 Feb 2022
    Feedback: Very good service
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Kylie F.
    Date: 22 Jan 2022
    Feedback: Very reliable car
    Rating: 5/5 😀