3.9.1 Renting a Car

Renting a car is a great option to tide you over until you are ready to commit to buying and have found one that fits you. There are many car rental companies in Australia offering a wide range of makes and models.

The main hire car companies in Australia are:

  • www.avis.com.au
  • www.budget.com.au
  • www.hertz.com.au
  • www.thrifty.com.au
  • www.europcar.com.au
  • www.bayswatercarrental.com.au (Perth and Sydney only)

Some airlines and travel sites have affiliations with local car rental companies and may offer a discount off their standard published rates:

  • Travel sites e.g. Expedia, LastMinute.com, Flight Centre
  • Airlines e.g. Qantas, Virgin Australia, British Airways, SIngapore Airlines, Emirates, Air New Zealand, etc

www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au is a site that lets you compare costs among different car rental companies.

Private car rental

There are also various websites that offer private, peer-to peer car rentals:

  • www.drivemycar.com.au
  • www.carhood.com.au
  • www.carnextdoor.com.au

Car sharing

Car sharing is a great option if you are in a central city location and only need to use a car for a limited period of time. You usually need to sign up for a membership to gain access to a fleet of cars parked in designated spaces across the city. Some car sharing companies in Australia are (availability varies based on location):