Planning to travel to Australia? Whatever the reason you may have to visit the country, we highly recommend renting a vehicle for the occasion. Of all the vehicles you may have access to, a car will provide you with the most value for money. Australia’s a large and vast country, and a car is the perfect medium of travel to get you wherever you want to go.
That being said, Australia’s car rental process is slightly different from what you may know. As such, here are the considerations you must make when renting a car in Australia.
1. The Cost
The price for the rental car you have in mind will be dependent on the ongoing demand, along with who you’re renting from. Location will also determine the price. For example, if you rent a car from anywhere near the airport, you will generally see higher prices compared to places further away. As such, it is vital that you compare as different prices as possible to decide whether or not the costs are worth the benefits.
2. The Fines
If you incur any types of fine such as a speeding fine for the rental car, it is your responsibility to pay the fees before you leave the country. In some cases, the rental company may charge your credit card the amount fined. If law agencies require it, your information may also be supplied to them by the rental agencies and will issue a fine to your address. Either way, if you do not pay for it, you may be refused to rent another car. In fact, your visa may even be cancelled if you decide on a return visit.
3. The License
In most cases, you can drive around with an English-language license. If you have a UK or US license, you are good to go. If you do not have an English license, then you will need to obtain an international driving permit. Otherwise, you cannot drive a car legally in Australia, let alone rent one.
4. The Insurance
When looking through the ToC (terms and conditions) in your rental agreement, it is vital to ask about the insurance policy. You may already have purchased travel insurance or have insurance provided by your credit card. However, Australia’s rental services have an excess amount, meaning the amount you have to pay in the case of an accident. The reason you will want to check the policy is to understand that excess amount to know how much you will have to pay if an accident occurs.
5. The Renting Process
As for the actual renting process, the best way to go about this is to search the internet. It allows you to compare rental rates in many locations, saving you plenty of time and finding you the car you need quickly. Plus, you can book early to save even more money, which is something you can do if you do plan to rent online. Note that you may need to pay additional fees for extra features like a GPS and a baby seat.
With all of that out of the way, you are prepared to rent a car in Australia. Just remember to take the time to compare as many rental rates as possible in various locations to see which one is the perfect offer for your budget. With that in mind, we highly recommend researching not only the car but even the rental agencies themselves. You should only ever work with reliable and professional car rentals to guarantee that you get a good offer, a well-maintained car, and the support you need to ensure safe and fun use of the vehicle.
AutoSys Vehicle Rentals offer a huge variety of vehicles for commercial and personal use, paired with flexible and affordable plans to help individuals find the right car for their needs. If you are looking for car hire in Adelaide, check out our offerings!