Pitfalls to avoid when Hiring a Car

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Hiring a car can be a great alternative to paying for taxis or public transport while you’re on holidays in Australia. It allows you the freedom to go where you want, when you want, as well as the space to stretch out and enjoy the ride without being stuffed like sardines next to strangers. However, hiring a car can have its pitfalls, and knowing them can save you a lot of money and time.

The first step to hiring a car is making sure you are eligible. There are a number of requirements you must meet in order to hire out a car. The minimum age for hiring a car is 21 and the vehicles type is also limited until 25 years of age. Generally there are extra costs involved if you are under the age of 25 as younger drivers are more prone to accidents.

Another requirement is having a suitable driver’s license and credit card. The driver and any additional drivers must have a valid non-provisional Driver’s License from their home country if it is in English or a valid International Driver’s License with the original license if it is not in English. A credit card is also required for the security bond when the car is picked up. The credit card holder will be considered the main driver and anyone else additional drivers. This is needed as a guarantee for the car hire company. Additional drivers must be with the main driver at time of pickup so they can present their valid Driver’s License as well.

It is also important to know what liability or excess you will have to pay in the event of an accident. With most companies, this can be reduced by paying an additional amount to the rental of the car per day. When making a reservation of a hire car, make sure you know your Standard Liability and Liability Reduction options so you don’t get caught out. For example, some companies don’t cover you for single vehicle accidents at all, so if you drive into a tree you will have to pay for the entire cost of repair. This is why it’s really important to know what you are getting yourself into before making a car rental booking.

Another important thing to know is the mileage you get each day. Most rentals include unlimited or a decent amount of kilometres per day, whereas other companies that offer much cheaper rentals only include 100kms per day. This is where you would get stung by extra charges for the kilometres when you return your car, so make sure you find out exactly what your quote includes.

Child seats are a legal requirement in Australia for children under the age of 8. You can bring your own if they are suitable, but it is recommended to pre-book child seats with the car hire company due to availability. Car seats are additional cost but are a legal requirement for children under 8 years of age. Also keep in mind that car hire companies generally don’t fit the baby seats into the car as they don’t want to be held accountable should anything happen.

For more information on what to look out for before booking a car hire, call Brisbane-based car hire company Alpha Car Hire on 1300 22 74 73. Their competitive prices and adherence to Australian standards are among the best in the country and can help you know all your options and obligations so you can get the most for your money.