Six hacks that will save you a lot of money when renting a car

We all need a serious holiday every now and again, just to wind down from the stresses of our daily lives. So whilst it is a great idea to include a good holiday in your annual savings budget, at the same time, you don’t want to be wasteful with your money.

One of the ways you can blow your holiday budget is to overspend on car rental fees. The problem is that cars are just so convenient, particularly in places like Australia, where the distances are so vast and getting around is so much easier with a car.

All is not lost, however, because there are a few strategies you can use, to help rein in the costs of car rentals in every vacation destination.

Roadtrip the Great Pacific Drive to Cairns
Roadtrip the Great Pacific Drive to Cairns

Check out coupons online

This is one of the best ways to save money on car rental. Simply go online and search for the name of a rental car company and the word ‘coupon’ and you will usually find discounts of up to 50% on the cost of car rentals. This is an easy way to save money before you even leave home.

Investigate airline discounts

Many airlines have now partnered with car rental agencies and offer substantial discounts on the costs of hiring a car if you fly with their airline. If you also join the airlines rewards program you can accrue an amazing amount of flyer points from both the cost of your ticket and your rental hire.

Tackle NSW's most beautiful drive: Waterfall Way
Tackle NSW’s most beautiful drive: Waterfall Way

Ask about discounts for paying before you fly

Quite a few car rental companies will give you a significant discount if you pay for your car hire in full, before you leave home. So if you have a good idea of the dates you will need a rental car, then this is an option worth exploring.

Negotiate the price in person

If you have landed in an airport and haven’t already arranged a hire car, then you can still negotiate the price of the car rental. This is because, rental agencies only earn money when their cars are on the road. So if they are having a slow day and they have a glut of cars standing idle in the airport lot, then will be more inclined to give you a lower rate.

Pay with your credit card

Many credit card companies offer insurance when you purchase car rentals using their card, but they can also offer significant discounts on the rental fees as well. So check these out before leaving home and you might be able to save even more money than you first anticipated.

Roadtrip through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to see the Glasshouse Mountains
Roadtrip through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to see the Glasshouse Mountains

Book a rental car from comparison sites

Comparison sites like DriveNow lists all the available rental cars from major suppliers such as Avis, Europcar, Budget, etc. What’s surprising is that the prices from DriveNow is often lower than the ones listed on the suppliers’ websites. They offer cheap car rental at Melbourne airport and every major city in Australia and even abroad. You can even book your car hire online and you won’t even need a credit card, you’ll only pay the rent when you go collect your car at your desired pickup depot.

With all of these tips, you should have no trouble finding a cheap car rental for your next vacation overseas.

This post was sponsored by DriveNow, but as always I only support brands & content that I can get behind!

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