Every year, thousands of people travel across Australia for work, pleasure and to visit family. Lots of these temporary tourists end up using one of the many car rentals that are available in each city, and for good reason — car rentals are quick and simple to access, and they provide a great service. However, there are often many questions people have that they want to be answered before they get the keys. Here are a few answers to the most common questions when it comes to car rentals in Australia.
Is My Car Insured Against Any Damage?
The short answer is yes — every car rental place in Australia will provide some form of insurance, but there is some slight variance. Some offer complete coverage for everything, which might increase your total cost per day. Others offer insurance but require you to pay excess up to a certain amount (often a few thousand dollars) if there is damage. It is therefore vital that you compare programs before you lock yourself into one to ensure you get the one you are most comfortable with. For international travelers, getting complete insurance is a much safer option that will hopefully spare you from the brunt of the paperwork that an accident can incur.
Is There A Bond When Renting A Car?
This question depends on how you intend to pay. When using a credit card, you can possibly get away with not paying a bond for lower-tier car rentals. If you are paying with a debit card, you will almost certainly be required to pay a bond for any and all cars you want to rent. This bond amount can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand when you get into the luxury car range. Car rental places prefer the use of a credit card, and you can tell that by the way some places offer reduced upfront costs for hiring their cars.
Can Anyone Drive My Car Rental?
The simple answer is no — not everyone can drive your car rental. When hiring a car, you normally write down the names of people who you expect will drive your car, and then that is sort of locked in. Often, if there is more than one permitted driver's name written down, you will incur extra fees (and this goes up with each additional name). If you want to save as much money as possible, you should try to utilise as few drivers as possible.
To learn more, contact a car rental place.