Avoiding the Extras for Cheap Car Hire in New Zealand
The best way to find cheap car hire in New Zealand is to compare prices online. Many New Zealand car hire companies offer budget and basic car hire options, which are typically small hatchback cars. Some car hire companies specialise in offering cheap, 'backpacker' type vehicles. Choose wisely and make sure the car you hire is what you need. A word of warning: hiring a small hatchback car may be cheap, but if you have passengers with long legs, it can also become extremely uncomfortable.
Tips on Avoiding the Extras for Cheap Car Hire in New Zealand
If you're looking for cheap car hire in New Zealand, then a good way of paying less is by choosing a very basic rental vehicle and avoiding paying for 'luxury' extras. These may include:
- Air conditioning and power steering
- Leather seats and luxurious finishing
- More cabin and luggage space (than you need)
- A powerful model (when a 1300 CC hatchback will suffice, for example)
- 4WD and estate car options.
Mileage options – You can also look out for deals featuring limited mileage. If you're planning a short trip, it may prove more economical to get car hire which includes a certain amount of kilometres. You should be careful not to drive over your limit, however, as paying for excess mileage may mean that your car hire is no longer the cheap deal you were banking on.
Insurance – It's important to make sure you are adequately insured for your trip no matter how many dollars you'd like to save, but you may not need to pay for 'extra' cover. So don't forget to drive carefully. Paying an excess of a thousand dollars or so for damage to your 'cheap' car hire, will certainly make your car hire and your New Zealand holiday rather more expensive.
Get back on time with the car filled up – The final extra, and the easiest one to avoid paying, is a late-return cost and the car hire company's cost for topping up the tank (when you can do it yourself).
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