Are you planning to hire a car for your New Zealand trip? Here are some tips for you to follow.
Understand your car rental policy
It is very important for you to understand the car rental policy before booking it. If you are booking online, make sure you read the terms and conditions very carefully. If you are booking over the phone, ask the agent about the restrictions. No matter what, be sure to understand the conditions of the reservation. If you don’t understand the restrictions of car rentals in New Zealand, you never know, it may turn out to be exorbitant for you later.
To understand it better, you can ask a few questions like whether your 20 year old son is eligible for driving the car, whether there are any fees for additional drivers, whether there is any penalty for no-shows and so on. If you are planning to take the airport pick up service, also make sure to give the customer service representative your scheduled arrival time and the flight number as that will protect your reservation if the flight is delayed.
Check if there is any damage
Before taking a ride, walk around the vehicle and not any scrapes, dents or dings. Use your smartphone or camera to take video or pictures of the damage. Also point out the damage to the car rental company and ask the person concerned to take note of it in writings. However, if you find the damage is extensive, just request for another car.
It is very important for you to compare the rates that are offered by different Europ car rental companies. So before you confirm your reservation make sure you do this. If you browse the internet you will find many sites that offer car hire in New Zealand. Just compare their rates and book your reservation.
Book your car wisely
You need to know how to book your car. Booking in advance can save you a lot of money. Book early for off-peak seasons when demands are low.
Ask yourself whether you really need to hire a car. If you plan to spend most of your time topping up the tan rather than traveling, opt for taxi rides. You can even enjoy visiting different places of New Zealand by traveling into public transport. If you plan to venture onto Auckland’s winding roads, you can take your own car, but only take it if you think it is a better option for you or else hire a car.
Book the car that you need. If you are traveling with your family (say three members), then booking an economy class car would be ideal for you. But if you are traveling with friends and family that comprises of six to seven people, hiring an SUV would be the best option for you.
- If you are renting for a week or longer, than you can do with hiring a car. But if you need to rent the car for more than two months for your business or holiday vacation, then buying a car would be a better option. That will be a reasonable option for you indeed. Buy the car with a buy back guarantee.
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