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Thrifty Car Rental in Australia: How to Book a Car Hire with Our Help

Thrifty offers a wide range of car rentals that can fit any budget. With depots spread throughout major areas in Australia, you can conveniently pick up a hire car for your trip. We've partnered with Thrifty to get you the best deals on car rentals. If you need help hiring a car, contact our friendly customer care experts, who will happily assist you and answer any inquiries. You may also refer to the fleet guide, terms & conditions, and other details we've listed below.


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About Thrifty

Whether you're planning to go on a business trip to Melbourne City Centre or a romantic getaway at the Gold Coast, Thrifty has the right car hire deal for you! They offer affordable rental cars in 210 locations across the country, including key destinations and major airports. You are assured of a convenient pick up and drop off location wherever you go in Australia.

Thrifty is owned by The National Roads & Motorists' Association (NRMA) Motoring and Services. The Australian-owned car rental brand offers car hire deals in more than 1000 locations all over the world. Apart from rental cars, they also have bus hire and truck hire for those traveling in large groups and planning to transport huge items.

Thrifty's head office is in Sydney and their friendly staff are more than willing to assist you with all your car rental needs. You can either drop by their location, make a call, or contact them online – you are assured of getting the best service.

Reasons You Should Hire A Thrifty Car

There are many reasons why people choose to hire their rental car with Thrifty. Each vehicle is checked and maintained by trained mechanics. The company has an extensive network of depots throughout the country which makes for flexibility in travel arrangements and allows a greater possibility for one-way travel.

Enjoy great rates every day as Thrifty constantly strives to give their customers amazing deals and low prices. You can also find the latest promos in their offices which is updated constantly on their website. Apart from getting the best deals, you are also assured of finding a vehicle that suits your preference. The Aussie car rental brand has a wide range of cars, buses, trucks, and utes to choose from – and they are all in great condition.

Thrifty makes it a point to change their vehicles every six months so customers will get a peace of mind knowing that they are driving a new model. Their vehicle fleet is one of the newest in the industry and there are thousands of models to choose from. You can easily book a Thrifty car rental online so no need to wait at the counter and fill up some forms before you can hire a car.

For those who applied for Velocity Frequent Flyer programs, they can now take advantage of picking from a great range of Thrifty vehicles the next time they fly, as well as earning Velocity Points. Note that when renting in Australia with Thrifty, members can receive 3 Points for every dollar spent. Subscribers of Silver, Gold, and Platinum can receive a Point bonus in addition to the base Points received. With a Thrifty car hire, you can now explore the Land Down Under at your own pace. Renting a car gives you the freedom to visit many wonderful destinations in Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions on Thrifty Car Hire

What cars does Thrifty have?​​

Thrifty offers a wide selection of vehicles ranging from economy car to luxury SUV. They also have passenger vans that can seat up to 8 people. Check out Thrifty’s vehicle fleet​ in Australia

How can I pay for my car hire with Thrifty?

Thrifty’s preferred payment method is with a credit card and this method is accepted nationally. Credit Cards must be bank-issued in the name of the authorised renter, and your credit card details are supplied to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for toll payments. Debit cards are only accepted at some locations so please check with the staff at the location prior to your rental. Click here​ for more information on payment methods.

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

You need to be at least 21 years old at the commencement of the rental to be able to hire a car from Thrifty in Australia. Renters aged 21 to 24 inclusive (whether the main or additional driver) will incur an age surcharge per day and can access our standard range of vehicles. To see the minimum age requirement of other car rental companies, click here​.

What type of driving licence does Thrifty Australia accept?

Thrifty accepts current non-provisional and non-probationary Australian driver’s licences and current overseas licences. If the driving licence is not written in English, the renter should also present an International Driving Permit (IDP) or a certified translation in English. Click here​ to learn more about the different types of licences accepted by Thrifty.

Does Thrifty car rental include insurance?

Thrifty has full insurance for your chosen car rental. Basic cover is included in your rental quote, but you need to pay the Rental Vehicle Excess amount listed in your rental agreement if the vehicle is damaged or stolen.

How do I pay for road tolls with a Thrifty rental?

All vehicles from Thrifty are installed with an E-Toll Tag so your credit card automatically gets debited each time you pass by a toll road. Aside from the toll charges, you also need to pay the daily service fee which is only applicable on the days you’ve travelled on a toll road. Read our article on toll charges​ to learn more about the fees and payment process.

Do I have to clean the rental car before returning it to Thrifty?

It is not a requirement, but it will be good to remove all trash and personal belongings when you return your rental car to Thrifty. You may get charged with a cleaning fee if the vehicle is found to be extremely dirty.

Do I need to refuel my rental car before returning to Thrifty?

Yes, you need to return the rental car with a full tank to avoid paying any additional refuelling charges. Some Thrifty locations offer Prepaid Fuel which enables you to pay the fuel in advance so you can return the vehicle with an empty tank without incurring any additional charges.

How do I extend the booking period of my Thrifty rental car?

You can extend the booking period of your Thrifty rental by modifying your booking online​ or contacting us​. This is only applicable if you haven’t picked up your rental car yet. Once the rental has commenced, you can call Thrifty 24/7 on 1300 367 227 or visit the nearest location to request an extension. Any request for extension is subject to vehicle availability and successful payment of extension period in advance.

Do you offer Thrifty discount codes?

VroomVroomVroom gets a 5% discount automatically calculated into the quote for Thrifty bookings (although the discount may not be offered on already discounted deals). You don’t need to input any discount code because the special promo codes are already inserted into the rates that are displayed.

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