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When we went back we bought a car on ebay - sold it after we left for more than we paid
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Arrived Adelaide - 16/3/09 (Temporary 475), Applied for PR - 16/3/11 (887), Visa Grant - 12/04/2011, Official Aussies March 2014
I thought car hire would be cheaper if I produced my uk driving licence, but found out that this isn't the case.. worked out a lot cheaper using my Australian driving licence..
I use either driveaway.com.au or www.rentalcars.com if you don't care which car hire company you go with. I have used these guys twice now for the UK and basically they list all the different rentals and prices and if you are picking up from an airport as long as you go for one that says "On Airport Pickup" then you can go through and pay in full to get a cheaper rate and then once you get the voucher it will tell you which company it is - I have had Europcar both times now but it could be any of them.
I have found they are normally $40 -$50 cheaper than booking direct with the car hire company and they charge in AUD and have an office in Australia. When you get the voucher it includes all of the compulsory insurances that all car hires do so technically you can just literally drive it away from the depot but if you want to add the extra insurances on then you do this direct with the car hire provider on arrival.
I also had a ding on my last rental to the UK (totally my fault being in hysterics when leaving my mum and so clipping the wheel arch on there wall lol!!) and when you report the damage you are still dealing direct with the car hire provider and so really rentalcars.com are just a booking engine for a slightly cheaper price.
The only flaw I could find is that if you want to amend the car hire then there are higher fees than normal to do this but aside from that all good.
Also just as an FYI as we get this a lot from people who hire a car - you do not need to take any of the insurances etc that they try and flog you when you pick up the car as all car hires by law have to include the basic Collision Damage Waiver, 3rd party insurance, taxes and fees in the price you have originally agreed to. Most Travel Insurance providers will cover you for the excess that you pay if you damage a rental car (normally up to $4000 which is adequate) and so even though you pay this up front you claim it back easily when you get home (providing you weren't under the influence or being a total idiot in the car)
Therefore sometimes its just a case of getting a decent Travel Insurance rather than being stung X amount a day for "extra" Insurance that is already covered under your Travel policy
I work for Phil Hoffmann Travel in Norwood so pm me if you need a holiday!!
And of course dont forget the massive security deposit they will want to hold under pre authorisation on your credit card!
Avis dont do this. I booked my uk hired car throught the australian avis site and paid the exact equivalent quoted in pounds.
Arrived November 2005........live in Happy Valley