A Guide to Renting a Car in Australia

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Are you planning on renting a car in Australia? If you are travelling from overseas, there are a few requirements to be aware of. The car rental process in Australia may be different than what you are familiar with. We have put together a guide to help you navigate the basics of car rental in Australia. We can also give you advice on road rules, driving licenses, and travel distances.

There are many car rental companies in Australia. They provide car rental for both holiday and business trips. Among those are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise (formerly Redspot) and Thrifty. These companies have a wide variety of rental cars to choose from. Their vehicles are new and in excellent condition. Each of these car rental companies has depots at the major airports and city locations. We can bring you a choice of car rental vehicles across Australia. Are you looking for a compact car to explore the city? Or would you prefer an SUV to head to the country? No matter what your preference, VroomVroomVroom can help.

Where can I hire a car in Australia?

VroomVroomVroom offers car rental in locations across Australia. This includes popular airport destinations, as well as many regional depots. You can find car rentals in locations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Perth and more. Click here to find other locations where we offer car rental. 

How to rent a car in Australia

The ideal way of finding cheap car rental vehicles is through the internet. VroomVroomVroom allows you to compare car rental rates in one location. This saves you searching many web pages. Find car rental rates that suit your budget. Click here for a quick guide on how to book using our website. 

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To get quality vehicles at a cheaper price, you should book early. Supply and demand affect the pricing of rental cars. The more vehicles that are available, the cheaper the rates will be.  To find out more secrets of car rental, see our article here. 

Will more than one person be driving the rental car? If so, you will often have to pay an additional driver fee. You can also request extras like a GPS or a baby seat if you are travelling with young children. 

What is the minimum age to rent a car in Australia?

The rules differ between suppliers. Generally, car rental companies in Australia require drivers to be over 21 years of age. They also need to have a full driving licence. Drivers under the age of 24 may need to pay a daily underage surcharge. Young drivers may not be able to hire certain kinds of vehicles. 

How much is it to rent a car in Australia?

The prices for rental cars is dependent on the time of year and the supplier you have hired the car from. It can also change based on the type of vehicle you will be renting. Location can also determine the price. For example, renting a car from an airport location may incur an extra daily surcharge. 

How can I make sure my rental car is insured?

It is important to check the terms and conditions of your insurance policy. Many visitors buy travel insurance or use insurance offered through their credit card. Rental cars in Australia will have an excess amount. This is the amount you will be liable to pay for any damage caused to the vehicle. You can buy excess reduction products at the car rental counter. These reduce your financial liability. 

What is Car Hire Excess Insurance in Australia?


Can I drive in Australia on a UK or US licence? 

Car rental companies generally accept English-language driving licences. They often do not accept provisional licences. If your driving licence is not in English, you will need an International Driving Permit. 

Information for tourists driving in Australia

For many visitors, driving on the left-hand side of the road will be a major difference. Visitors may find driving distances are larger in Australia. If you are travelling long distances, allow plenty of time and take frequent breaks. It is illegal not to wear a seat belt, or to use your mobile phone while driving. Australia's main roads are well maintained. Car rental companies generally do not allow their cars on dirt or gravel roads.

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

The car rental company may charge your credit card for the amount detailed on the fine. They also may supply your information to law enforcement agencies. In turn, these agencies will issue a fine to your postal address. It is wise that you pay any fines you receive before leaving the country. Negligence to pay fines may result in refusal of a hire car, or cancellation of a visa on a return visit.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence in Australia. Police have 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, but, the alcohol limit for a person driving a car is 0.02%.

Are you looking for more ways on how you can save money when travelling to Australia? Make sure to read this article here. Happy travels!

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