A Guide to Renting a Car in Australia

handing car keys on car rental

Know these things before you book a car hire

Which companies to choose?

There are numerous car hire companies in Australia that provides car rental to both holiday and business trips. Among those few are Avis, Budget , Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty. These companies provide a wide variety of rental cars to choose from. They also make sure that their vehicles are new and in excellent working conditions. And guess what, each of these rental companies can be found at the major airports and city locations. Therefore, there is no need to wait for a shuttle bus.

Where can I book?

The ideal way of looking for cheap yet very good vehicles in a faster way is through the internet. There are certain websites that offer easy and fast booking to car rentals and allows you access to car rental rate comparisons, such as VroomVroomVroom, which can help you look for the best car rental which is suited for you. You can easily compare different car rental rates and will surely help you choose the ideal rate for your budget.

Early bird catches the worm car rental 

In order to get good vehicles in a cheaper price, you should book early because the price is inversely proportional to the supply and demand of the car. It means that the more cars that are available, the cheaper are the rates.

What happens if I receive a speeding fine in my rental car?

The car rental company will either charge your credit card for the amount detailed on the fine or supply your information to law enforcement agencies, who will in turn issue a fine to your postal address. In the event you get penalised, it is wise that you pay any fines you receive before leaving the country as negligence to pay fines may result in refusal of a hire car, refusal of entry or cancellation of a visa on a return visit.

Penalties for drink driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drink driving is a serious offence in Australia. Police has the right to stop a driver at any time and run a breath test. Note that all Australian states have a blood alcohol limit of 0.05% for drivers. In New South Wales, however, the alcohol limit for a person driving a car is 0.02%. If you are found to be over the legal limit, you will be arrested and obliged to take a full blood test at a hospital or health institution.

International Drivers

Back to the car rentals, here is another important tip which will be very beneficial for you. If you're a foreigner, you can drive through Australia using your current license. But make sure that your license is in English. 

Meanwhile, if you are looking for more ways on how you can save money when travelling to Australia, make sure to read this article here. Happy road travels!

Article by

Jayson Paor is a Content Writer and car rental expert at VroomVroomVroom.com.au - The easiest way to rent a car!

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