Not all auto hire companies are created the same. So, before you rent a car whilst travelling, you need to keep this in mind. If you want to save money on hiring a car then, you need to make certain distinctions, especially when it comes to payment.
Saving on the Daily Rate
For instance, it is best to choose a company whose published website rates also include the GST, or goods and services tax. Make sure that your rate is secured and applies to any extension. If you pay $25.00 per day for seven days then, any extensions (from day 8 onward) should also remain at the seven-day rate. Unless you are hiring a car during the peak season, you should seek this type of payment arrangement.
In addition, most auto hire companies in Australia will not permit you to hire a car unless you are at least 21 years old and hold a full valid driving licence. Drivers cannot use an under-probation or provisional licence.
Book Online to Get the Best Rate
Preferably, it is best to book a car online on an auto hire’s website. By choosing this method, you can lock in the rate of your auto rental and usually receive a lower rate. Once you make a booking, the company will usually send you an email confirmation. A one-day rental or non-refundable deposit is typically needed to book the car. However, all bookings that are paid are guaranteed a vehicle.
That is why it is strongly recommended that you book online when securing a car hire in Perth. Doing so will provide you with an immediate quote and lock in your booking requirements. By taking this approach, you streamline communications too. Should you need further assistance, it is best to shoot an email to the company. Call-in and walk-in hire rates are usually more expensive. So, if you want to save on the daily rental rate, make sure to book your rental online.
What Happens if You Cannot Book a Requested Vehicle
Whilst website bookings generally feature live availability, the company will contact you within 48 hours if they do not have the car you need. If a car is unavailable when you book online, you do not owe the company anything. The non-refundable deposit (or one-day rental amount) is forfeited if a booking has to be cancelled.
Methods of Payment
When choosing an auto hire company, check out their payment methods. They should receive Mastercard, Visa and Amex cards. Mastercard and Visa debit cards should be accepted as well. However, for safety reasons, the driver’s name usually must be embossed on these cards. If the name is not embossed, then the driver needs to show that they are the owner of the card.
This can be done by providing a bank statement with the owner’s contact details, and a copy of an identification card or passport. The auto hire company may also accept cash. However, cash only extends to the rental charges on the car. Any bond or security deposit must be placed on a valid debit or credit card.