Aug
10
2010

Welcome to the New Look DriveNow

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DriveNow, today is Australia’s most popular online Car and Campervan comparison site. After almost 10 years of providing the very best in online Car and Campervan rental booking services, we have given our site a major revamp. This refresh has been completed thanks to the valuable feedback from loyal DriveNow customers. Your comments and compliments have been used to map our future and the services we offer you. 3 Key aspects to the new look: Search and Booking Process stays the same The number one comment we receive is – DriveNow is a great comparison and booking tool, don’t change anything!   We have certainly listened to this and ensured that the soul of DriveNow remains the same.   Our focus has been to refresh the look and feel of the site to make it even cleaner and visually easier to navigate and use.Here are some of the most recent comments to highlight this feedback. “Overall, a good site – great to…

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Jul
21
2010

Perth to Broome Campervan Tale – Grey Power Touring

By Australia / Broome / Perth / Western Australia /

On the must do list was finding out what it was like to join the “grey army “that travels around the camping grounds of outback Western Australia and escapes the Melbourne winter. In May 2010 We convinced friends to join us – 4 people, two vans and plenty of open road. As non-seasoned campers the starting point was the DriveNow website to look at options for Campervan Rental in Western Australia. Being chardonnay travellers we settled on a Mauri motor home with on board kitchen shower and toilet facilities. The planned route over 30 days was Perth to Broome via the coast and inland to Tom Price and the Pilbara region. The DriveNow website made arrangements easy but we arrived at the Maui office in Perth for check in with some trepidation. The efficient reassuring staff provided a DVD of the on board facilities and their operation -gas /taking on water /power/and the toilet discharge. First task was to turn…

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Jun
29
2010

2011 Rugby World Cup New Zealand – Finding a Motorhome Rental

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  Ina little over a year the 2011 Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand taking on Tonga in the opening game at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday 9th September 2011.  For those planning on attending the Cup, it’s fast approaching time to think about accommodation and how best to travel between matches. With 40 matches and 12 venues spread across the North and South Islands travelling between venues will involve hitting the roads or airports and organising hotel accommodation in each location. However, an increasingly popular alternative to emerge during recent Rugby Tours has been motorhome rental. Why rent a car and book accommodation separately when you can combine the two, throw in the flexibility of taking your bedroom with you and explore New Zealand between games! These days Motorhomes are superbly equipped with complete kitchens, full bathroom facilities, TV and DVD players, easy to drive and can sleep from 2 up to 6. With Campervan Parks…

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Jun
02
2010

How Does the Green Machine Roll on?

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NOT so long ago the Toyota Prius was the only option available to environmentally conscious car renters in their bid to fly the “green” flag. But in the words of a legendary singer/songwriter, those times are “a-changing”. Much has happened since the Prius reached Australian shores in 2000, but the choice of “affordable” hybrids has broadened only marginally with Honda’s Civic and the much-vaunted release of Toyota’s Camry Hybrid in February. Rental companies traditionally have kept the Prius as their green vehicle of choice and this is still very much in vogue. However, the popularity of the Camry brand and its larger capacity will drive change within rental green fleets. Only Hertz offers the Hybrid Camry on their books, but watch this space as other rental companies come into play in the near future. As the Hybrid show rolls on, manufacturers of traditional carbon-fuelled vehicles have not merely been sitting idle. A new generation of small compact cars has emerged…

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Jan
12
2010
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Bellarine Peninsula – Point Lonsdale

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Looking to escape for a weekend or just a quick day trip out of Melbourne? Perhaps a Summer break in Point Lonsdale ……. Getting there is easy. From Melbourne head over the West Gate Bridge down towards Geelong and follow the sign postings (B110) for the Bellarine Peninsula and Queenscliff. Travel time is around 90 minutes from the city. If you’ve collected a rental car from Melbourne Airport you’d be looking at roughly the same time via the Western Ring Road and if you arrive via Avalon Airport you’re half way there as the airport is just outside Geelong. Point Lonsdale is relatively quiet when compared to more popular summer destinations around Melbourne such as Sorrento, Anglesea, Torquay or Lorne. There’s no pub, a scattering of rather busy coffee and breakfast cafes, an excellent IGA supermarket and don’t forget to check out Kelp, a great little Café restaurant for a bite or just a quick drink, all located across the…

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Nov
27
2009
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Using Australian Toll Roads when Hiring a Car

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It’s a sign of the times when just about every major city in Australian today has road tolls in one shape or other, generally on the most useful roads & freeways.  If you’re an inter-state or overseas traveller with a hired car then paying for these tolls needs to be done within a certain time frame of travelling to avoid penalties, not only imposed by the Toll Service but also rental car provider. A Quick Guide to Australian Road Tolls: Sydney: Sydney operates one of the most extensive networks of Toll Roads and Bridges in Australia. All use electronic e-tags and only 4 – the Eastern Distributor, M4, M5 and M2 – offer cash booths. Travelling without a Toll Pass incurs fees from the Toll Operator and in the case of a hired car from the Car Rental Company as well, so it pays to plan ahead. Service Toll Charged Toll Type Cross City Tunnel – Main tunnel Both directions…

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Nov
20
2009

Driving and Mobile Phones – New Victorian State Regulations

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As with most countries, the holding and use of a mobile phone whilst driving has been banned in Australia for a number of years, with 3 License demit points and a fine for those caught doing so. However, it is still an every day occurrence and common sight on Australian roads today.  VicRoads, the Victorian Road Authority, reports that you are 4 times likely to be involved in an accident when using a mobile phone and a staggering 23 times more likely if texting. The Victorian Government has decided to get tough on this issue and has introduced Australia’s most stringent regulations governing the use of Mobile phones, GPS units, Televisions etc whilst driving.  These new regulations came into effect on 9th November 2009 in Victoria and include the following: You cannot use your mobile phone unless it is secured in a commercially designed Car Kit or it can be operated without actually touching it (i.e. you have a Blue…

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Nov
09
2009

Keeping Kids safe in Cars – New Regulations in Australia

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Australia’s states and territories have finally got their act together and established a National set of rules to govern children and how we secure them in cars. The introduction of these new rules does vary. In Victoria they come into effect from November 9th 2009, Tasmania introduces them in December 2009 whilst the other states and territories will follow in 2010. In a nutshell the following will apply: Under 6 months – Children must be seated in an approved and properly fitted rear facing child capsule 6 Months to 4 Years – Children must wear an approved and properly fitted rear or forward facing restraint with in-built harness 4 – 7 Years – Children must wear an approved and properly fitted forward facing child restraint with in-built harness or an approved booster seat, correctly fitted and fastened Whilst these rules are to be welcomed they do not take into account that all children are not alike and nor do they…

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Nov
05
2009
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Can I really get a One way Campervan Rental from a $1 a day?

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YES you didn’t misread the title, and NO it’s not another one of those sales gimmicks. Truly it is possible to rent a Campervan for as little as a $1 a day or even essentially for nothing from some of Australia’s leading providers. So, perhaps a bit of background to explain what’s this all about and how it comes about. With Campervans and other vehicles being hired and dropped off at different locations around the country, the rental companies are often left in the position of having plenty of vehicles but sitting in the wrong locations. These need to be moved across to branches where customers are expected. In particular this becomes more necessary as the Australian Seasons change.  Popular Touring times in Northern Australia – Darwin, Broome and Cairns are during the Dry season running from May until late October. For Southern parts of Australia the most popular touring period is generally November through until mid-to-late autumn in April…

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Oct
04
2009

Surfers Paradise and 2 Theme Parks in 2 Days

By Australia / Gold Coast / Queensland /

So, having relaxed on the beaches of Far North Queensland we headed for a slightly different pace of life, south to Surfers Paradise and the Theme Parks. Flying into Brisbane we picked up another Avis Car rental at Brisbane Airport. We’d make the booking with DriveNow back in August and one point that really came through was how much cheaper it was to book in advance. That may sound like a sales pitch however the reality was that it saved us $60 on a 3 day rental. It does pay to book in advance particularly in peak periods such as Christmas, Easter and School Holidays. Perhaps we were lucky with our timing but we had bags and hire car collected and were on the road within 35 minutes of landing. We drove south to Surfers through the road-works on the Gateway Motorway (why in Australia do we refer to some roads as Motorways and others as Freeways? Aren’t they the same thing?) and on…

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Sep
30
2009
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Port Douglas – 1 Car Hire, 2 Bags, 2 Kids, 2 Parents and a Blissful Break

By Australia / Port Douglas / Queensland /

Weathermen were redundant for our week in Port Douglas. I mean, how difficult can it be to forecast blue skies and 30 degrees? Sheer and utter bliss. For that’s the only way to describe our week in September up North. Departing a grey overcast Melbourne and with the obligatory (and brief) Sydney stop-over we arrived into Cairns to find the airport in a somewhat chaotic state with extensive renovations underway. To be fair looking at the impressive Qantas check-in area the chaos will be worth enduring. We’d booked ahead through DriveNow (no surprise there!) and organised an Avis Corolla car rental at Cairns Airport which was perfect for 2 large bags, 2 excited children and 2 parents hoping to spend at least a little time relaxing in peace on the beach, book in hand. Glad to report that no one was disappointed. Heading up the Captain Cook Highway we did ponder about taking the Karunda Skyrail – this unique Rainforest…

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