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Bargain Car Rentals - Important Rental Information

Please note: for Bargain Car Rentals Australia’s full terms and conditions, a link will be provided upon booking submission.

Below is a summary of the most important information. If you have further questions, please contact our customer care team.

Rental Vehicle Excess

The excess amount is approximately AUD $5,000 and will be specified in the Rental Agreement you accept upon pick up.

The excess is the most you’ll pay towards repairs for damages to the vehicle’s bodywork, where the repairs are covered by the rental provider’s basic insurance. The basic insurance often doesn’t cover damage to other parts of the vehicle (overhead, underbody, interior, windows, wheels) or other charges (misfuelling, loss of use, key loss, towing, roadside assistance, child seats, GPS devices, personal belongings); you may be charged full costs for repair or replacement expenses that are not covered by the basic insurance.

Protection options to reduce or reimburse the rental vehicle excess are available. These options include third-party Rental Vehicle Excess insurance, and excess reduction waivers sold by the rental provider at the rental counter.

Credit Card Surcharge

1.4% of the total transaction value will be charged to any card used for payment with Bargain Car Rentals.

Security Deposit/Bond

For the security of the credit card holder, the primary driver must present a credit card in their own name. It is not possible to collect a vehicle with someone else’s credit card.

A security hold of AUD $500 will be charged to the nominated card by way of pre-authorisation. The card holder will not have access to the security deposit funds until billing is finalised upon completion of the booking.

Luxury Vehicles: For Luxury vehicles, the security deposit by way of pre-authorisation is AUD $1,000.

Accepted Cards

Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit and debit cards may be used for payment, physical card is required upon pickup.

Diners Club, EFTPOS-only cards and virtual card (i.e. Apple or Google PAY) are not accepted, nor are payments made by cash or cheque.

Bargain Car Rentals accepts any debit card which:

  • is issued by a bank or other financial institution; and
  • displays the Mastercard or Visa logo; and
  • has the primary driver’s name and card number on the card.

Interstate Travel

Bargain Car Rentals does not permit its vehicles to be driven interstate.

Driver and Licence Requirements

Upon commencement of the booking, renters are required to present a valid passport or national ID card, an unrestricted driver licence printed in English, and an accepted credit or debit card.

Driver Licence & ID

A valid driver licence from the primary driver’s country of residence must be presented in person upon collection of the rental vehicle. This licence must be unrestricted (ie. not a probationary licence), include a photograph of the driver, and be printed in English. The licence must also certify the driver as qualified to legally operate the class and category of the vehicle being rented.

Driver licences not printed in English must be accompanied by a valid International Driving Permit (IDP). Any and all required documentation must be under the primary driver’s name and be presented by the primary driver upon collection of the rental vehicle.


  • Persons carrying a learner permit, provisional licence, or probationary licence may not operate Bargain Car Rentals vehicles.
  • Bargain Car Rentals cannot rent a vehicle to persons holding a suspended, revoked, expired, cancelled, or surrendered driver licence.

Driver Age Requirements

Drivers must be between the ages of 21 and 85 years old to rent a vehicle with Bargain Car Rentals, excluding luxury vehicles. Minimum age of 25 years old is required for the luxury fleet.

Age Surcharges

Bargain Car Rentals does not apply any age surcharges. Persons between the ages of 21 and 85 are fully eligible to rent a vehicle provided they possess a full, unrestricted driver licence and meet all requirements listed above.

Additional Drivers

Additional drivers can be added to the Rental Agreement upon collection of the rental vehicle. Bargain Car Rentals does not charge extra fees for additional drivers.

Additional drivers must meet the same requirements as the primary driver and must present a full, unrestricted driver licence in the name upon collection of the rental vehicle.

Fuel Policy

Full to Full: The vehicle is supplied with a full tank of fuel; if the vehicle is not returned with a full tank of fuel, additional refuelling fees will apply.


Unlimited kilometres are included for the duration of the booking unless otherwise specified when booking.

For Northern Territory vehicles, a daily kilometre cap of 250 kilometres applies; a 30 cent per kilometre surcharge will apply to all excess kilometres.