Getting a car rental in Australia is pretty straightforward. There's over a thousand depots from the 5 leading companies, Hertz, Avis, Budget rent a car, Thrifty and Europcar rental. Outside of those there are about 1000 operators who control about 10% of total car rental bookings.
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It's been a year full of changes at the major rental companies and one of the biggest areas of change has been in fees. Put simply, they've gone up, stayed up, and there's new ones. Most rental companies now charge credit card fees, they have all increased the excess reduction costs and the cost of a $100 GPS unit can eventually reach $400 if you lose it. There's a lot of things to watch out for, so read on for more about the state of rental fees in Austalia.
Hertz has first launched electric cars through it's car share operation in the congested city of London and now it is in the US. No word yet of when it gets to Australia, but read on for more about the latest update on Hertz electric US.
Not surprisingly given the rate at which we are extracting the resources of Australia, there are shortgaes in key areas. A productivity report has identified gaps between supply and demand in mining towns and mining states, where mine workers fly in and fly out and often get to the other end with nary a vehicle in sight. Smaller independent operators are stepping up to fill the breach in towns like Townsville which are major sources of mine workers. Read on for more on the interesting state of mine rental vehicles.
Hostelbookers are now offering car hire in Europe through their related site, anytrip.com. There are dozens of rental companies and sites that allow users to compare car rental in the UK. Read on for more about this latest Hostelbookers car rental effort.
Thrifty is one of the smaller Australian car rental companies. On the back of research and input from thrifty and our customers that have used them, we have compiled a useful guide. Read on for more if you are looking to rent with Thrifty Australia!
Though an argument can be made that the parent company that owns Avis and Budget could lay claim to the title, we are going to say Hertz is the largest car rental company in Australia. It's important if you are looking at using Hertz to take into consideration the various fees and charges that are applied. There are "no hidden fees" when booking with most of the rental car companies in Australia, but it's not hard to find a fee for one thing or another that may have been unanticipated. Read on for more about Hertz cars.
Consumer group Choice has done an analysis of excess reduction fees charged by rental companies. It makes for very interesting reading and renters should definitely go to the depot armed with the full knowledge. while the watchdog is watching, users should be aware of these important tips. Read on for more info on avoiding excess reduction in Australia.
Avis UK has been charging cancellation fees and late fees for eternity. They have decided to take a leaf out of the books of Australian banks by removing these chrges in the event of inclement weather. In Australia, the booking process is a bit different. Almost no one pays before picking up the vehicle whereas in the UK and Europe it is all pre-booked. Read on for more about the decision from Avis UK car rental.
Hertz is offering promotions for flights in a contra with Etihad who will use Hertz to make it a smoother process for their customers to be able to make car rental bookings. Initially the deals for Etihad customers will be available over the phone and through Etihad holidays, their travel agency business. Read on for more about Etihad car rental.
USM, the United States facilities management subsidiary of Transfield Services, Ltd., has been awarded a contract with Avis Budget, a major global car rental company. The contract between Avis Budget and Transfield Services, Ltd., has a term of one year and will provide janitorial services to over 2,000 Avis Budget sites across the United States. Continue reading for more about Budget US.
Nathan Conn, the former manager and sole director of the Enterprise Car Rental Group before the company was liquidated, has been fined $110,000 by the Brisbane Federal Magistrates Court for inadequate compensation to seven of his previous employees. Keep reading on for more on Enterprise Car Rental complaints.
Bayswater Car Rentals, a Sydney car rental firm, is charging that the Sydney Council is harming car rental businesses within the city due to an unfair advantage enjoyed by its car-share scheme. Likewise, residents have taken to voicing their complaints over the lack of parking spaces that has resulted from the Council's programme. Read more about the Sydney car share program.
Flexicar, an Australian car sharing service, was purchased by car rental leader Hertz Global Holdings. The deal between the two companies was signed on October 31, 2010, and closed the next day, December 1. Continue on for more on Hertz and Flexicar.
Best Western, the accommodation group whose services primarily consist of discount hotel reservations, has reached a deal with Sixt car rental. The deal provides Best Western customers access to exclusive offers on Sixt car rentals and products. Read on for more about Best Western car rental.
Combining some of the world's most pristine natural landscapes, including a plethora of renowned white-sand beaches and national parks, with some of the world's leading business and metropolitan centres such as Sydney and Melbourne, the experience of driving around Australia is truly a one of a kind.
Whether you are heading Down Under for business or play, finding the best car rental deal and motoring your way around the many exciting cities or the expansive countryside is the only way to do it. Having your own car gives you the freedom to drive as far or as close as you please.
With its vast expanses of scenic and secret locations, taking your rental car (or 4WD) along the Great Ocean Road through Victoria, across the deep red of the Nullabor all the way to Perth, or north up into the Red Centre and Darwin, is the easiest and most organic way to experience the country. Alternatively, with depots in locations such as Albany, Broken Hill, Wrest Point and Broome, renting a car is also the quickest and most reliable way to travel for business to and from your desired CBD. But in a rental car, what you do after hours is then up to you!
Also, if you are flying in to any of the states or territories in Australia, renting a car from the airport is a safe and easy way to get started on your business or sight-seeing. Many of the airports in Australia (such as Gold Coast Airport (aka Collangatta Airport)) lie a significant enough distance away from the CBD and accommodation to make a taxi or shuttle ride expensive - some upwards of $50 AUD.
With a rental car, the vehicle is then yours for the rest of the trip, meaning you move at your own pace - whether it's from base to base, or place to place. And in a place like Australia and the Gold Coast, with its theme parks, world-renowned beaches and buzzing night life, the independence of a rental car is a must.
Here's one of our favourite ads for Australia, showing its a great place for a (really long) drive!
Tourism Australia TV campaign promoting Australia as a great place to visit for Australians
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