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Car Hire guaranteed with the lowest available rates all in one place and all the time. That's what makes DriveNow the home of the best rental deals in Australia. DriveNow delivers the widest choice of rental providers and vehicles to guarantee you the lowest and latest prices on car rental in Australia and around the world.

Since 2003 we've been comparing the cost of car rental and today you'll find the best deals in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, the US and on car hire in the UK to name but a few, and all under the one web roof.

When it comes to renting a car at an airport all the bases are covered with rates and vehicles for all Australia's major airports from every onsite rental provider.

Rental prices and vehicles are laid out in an easy to read grid allowing you to instantly compare the best deals, daily rates and review vehicle features before you book. Making a booking is quick and easy with instant confirmation and with most of our suppliers there's no need to enter credit card details when booking, simply present your card when you collect your vehicle.

We pride ourselves in looking to provide you with the very best experience. Our Reservations team are based in Australia so you can relax knowing that if you need help over the phone you'll be speaking with a local. We do not believe in cutting corners and hosting any of our services with offshore call centres.

At DriveNow we guarantee the lowest available price with absolutely No Booking fees and no hidden costs.

Our Car Rental partners

One of the best things about booking car hire through DriveNow is that you know you’ll be getting a vehicle from one of the most trusted and reliable car suppliers on the planet. We only partner with established and renowned brands. So whether you're looking to hire in Australia, across the ditch in New Zealand or heading further afield to parade around Portugal, explore Europe, see the sights of South Africa, or cruise through Canada your rental needs are in safe hands.

Our partners include:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Firefly
  • Hertz
  • Keddy
  • Redspot

With these companies you have literally thousands of vehicles and locations worldwide at your finger tips to compare and select from.

Advantages of booking Car Rental through DriveNow

  • Simple and instant rental rate comparisons
  • Independent - Free and independent comparison and booking service without bias or favour
  • Choice - No one offers more choice of rental brands
  • Airport car hire specialists - Dedicated pages and last minute car hire deals at airports right around the world
  • Smart phone friendly - no App required, just launch DriveNow.com.au in your phone's browser to load our dedicated mobile booking service
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • No credit card details required (with most suppliers)
  • Drive-away prices including all taxes and levies (excludes drivers under 25 surcharge)
  • Lowest price guarantee
  • Over 1600 Australian locations
  • 100% Australian based, owned and operated

We understand that it's not just about finding the best online deal available. Providing great customer service, being able to talk to someone and exceeding your expectations are all of paramount importance to us. Our Melbourne based reservations team are there to help and answer your questions.

How to save on Car Hire Excess Insurance

All rental cars are supplied fully insured, however the hirer, you, will be liable for an initial amount in the event of an accident or damage. This Excess amount varies between suppliers but can be upwards of $3000. You can reduce your liability to a few hundred dollars or less by directly paying the rental company a daily fee, which generally adds around $30 per day to your rental costs.

Many travel insurance policies will include car excess reduction options, alternatively DriveNow offers pre-purchased rental vehicle insurance through our partner Hiccup Insurance who specialise in car rental insurance and whose rates are often cheaper than those offered by the rental companies. Learn more about Australian car rental insurance options. Whichever option you elect to take remember that in the event of an accident secure copies of all documentation, police reports and if possible take photos.

Car Hire Top Tips

Not familiar with what goes into hiring a rental car for your holiday? No dramas! DriveNow is here to make your experience as cheap and easy as possible. Here are some answers to the most-often asked questions:

When should I book my rental car?

Book Early - No spruiking of services here - the earlier you book the better the rate and wider choice of vehicles. Where there are no cancellation fees or upfront costs there's nothing to lose and no risk. Booking early for Christmas, Easter and other holiday periods is essential. For instance vehicles such as People-Movers will be fully booked out by October for Christmas.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Australia?

The generally accepted age you need to be to rent a car in Australia is 25. However, there are some car rental companies that will allow licensed drivers to hire at the age of 21. Those that do will often have a surcharge fee for drivers aged 21-25. These are not hard and fast rules, so check the pricing breakdown of your rental to figure out if there is a charge and how much it is.

What if I need a car seat for my children?

Rental companies offer both child and booster seats. When making your booking through DriveNow, you can hire Infant and Child seats and use the comments section to provide any further details. Child seating can be a bit trickier with campervans, as some of them are not equipped to handle such pieces, we recommend speaking with our reservations team.

Car rental companies have different charges for child seats and booster seats, and these charges can also change depending on if you’re hiring from an airport or another location.

Do I have to return my hire car to the same branch?

No. One way rentals are a common occurrence. In some countries and locations there may be an one way fee, this is especially common when picking up or dropping off at remote rental branches in Australia.
However for those who have a flexible travel schedule One Way Relocation rentals can offer amazingly cheap deals. These deals occur where rental companies need to move vehicles, both cars and campervans, between locations. Rather than paying a staff member to drive they will offer the vehicle for rent from as low as $5 a day and in some instances even throw in fuel. Of course with deals this good there are additional Terms & Conditions and some restrictions (mainly around the number of days allowed for the journey). But if you do have a flexible schedule and can travel last minute there are some great One Way Rental Deals to be had!

Do rental cars come with GPS?

No, not as standard yet. However when booking you can opt to also hire a GPS unit that can help you keep your trip on track.
Exploring areas in which you’re not familiar is one of the fun things you can do on your trip. On the other hand, getting lost in remote areas is not. A GPS unit might be the tool you need to enjoy the former and avoid the latter.

Can I take my rental car to the Ski Fields in Australia?

No. Not unless you have purchased a specific snow package from the car hire company. Driving a rental car above the snow line in Australia without a snow package voids your insurance cover and you are liable for all and any damage to a vehicle. The Snow package includes things such as Snow Chains which are mandated in Australia above the snow line.

How many Drivers can I nominate for my rental?

Some rental companies will allow you to nominate a second (and more) driver for free whilst others charge a small daily fee per additional driver. All must have full and valid licenses covering the vehicle being hired.

is it more expensive to hire a car with manual or automatic transmission?

Unlike some countries, the cost to rent a car in Australia with automatic transmission is generally the same if not cheaper than a manual. The majority of rental cars in Australia are automatic. This makes renting a car that much easier for those who hold driving licenses covering only automatic vehicles.

What other add-ons can I have?

In addition to the options listed above, our partners have a range of extras, some of which come free, some of which come with extra charges, and some of which are not always available.

When it comes to renting a campervan, you’ll have a great range of awesome additional parts and pieces you can add on to make your trip what you want it to be. Turn any location into a snacking spot with picnic tables and chairs. Stay comfortable with an awning to protect you from the sun’s heat or the pouring rain, or grab a fan heater to keep your temporary home on wheels cozy when the temperature drops. And don’t keep yourself at the mercy of local radio stations that can fuzz in and out depending on your reception. Grab an MP3 adaptor so you can cruise to the tunes, podcasts, and audio books of your liking.

As with other add-ons, it’s best to check with your car rental company location to see if these are available when you make your booking.

What should I make sure to do before I leave the rental branch?

Look, we know it’s going to be exciting getting your hands on the keys to a car, truck, SUV, or campervan that is going to give you the power to live your wildest holiday dreams. But there are a few things you want to keep in mind before you take off from the rental company. Check out these car rental tips:

  • Give the vehicle a check: Checking the vehicle you’re going to rent for damage is standard practice, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Make sure you look for any damage on the hire car and have a staffer at the rental branch take note of dings and dents you see (they normally have a form and vehicle diagram to mark this on). Also take photos of these blemishes with your smartphone.

  • Learn about the fuel policy: Some car rental agencies will charge an arm and a leg to refill their vehicles with fuel. Avoid such stinging fees by making sure you fill up before your return. Learn about flat fuel charge options if you don’t want to mess with refilling the tank yourself, or ask the branch staff where a nearby petrol station is so you’re not wasting time cruising around a city you might not be familiar with. This is especially key if you’re under the pump trying to make a flight!

  • Know the rules: While cruising off road through majestic mountain scenery or hopping on a car ferry for destinations unknown sounds like a great idea, it could get you into hot water with car rental agencies. Make sure to inquire if you’re going to be driving anywhere out of the ordinary or taking a car ferry. For example, some Hobart car rental companies are not fond of you taking their vehicles from mainland Hobart over to Bruny Island. Many also frown upon you gliding over the Cook Strait in New Zealand on a car ferry. And don’t plan on towing anything or carting around your pets, either, car rental companies do not permit this.

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