A Traveller’s Guide to Car Rentals


Renting a car is generally the only choice for frequent travellers who like to travel by their own rules. If you have planned out a road trip through New Zealand and are now looking to rent a car, the process is generally quite straightforward. All you have to do is search for local companies that offer car rentals in the city, visit their websites, and arrange the rental. However, while it may seem pretty simple, there are numerous caveats and problems that you need to think about. First of all, the price quoted on the company’s website is slightly higher than it has to be, owing to a number of different factors. Secondly, there are many things that you can do to save money on your car rental.

Naturally, a frequent traveller would want to save as much money as possible on the car rental. If you are about to land in Auckland and wish to start your road trip through there, here are some important tips that will help you save money on your car rental in Auckland.

Start Looking Early

Ideally, the earlier that you rent your car, the better rental price you will get. Many frequent travellers consider this a rule of thumb and you should too. Once you have planned out the details of your trip and are now ready to start making arrangements, the first thing that you should do is to book your car rental. It’s generally quite easy to rent a car (the process is mentioned above). When putting in the details of the rental duration, make sure that you add the dates on which you will pick up the car and return it. Always keep a day or two as a buffer and plan for contingencies so that you don’t have to worry about paying a fine due to delayed delivery.

Car Relocations

Many rental companies that have branches in multiple locations often have to move cars from one branch to another. Since Auckland is the hub of commercial and tourist activity in New Zealand, you could easily save money if you find a company that’s looking to relocate their cars. They will give you a considerable discount if you decide to take their car to a particular branch. Worry not, because the company will rent you another car at a reduced rate when you arrive at the destination for the rest of your trip. It’s a very commonly overlooked option but could save you a considerable amount on the rental.


Last but not least, you should ask the rental company if you can choose an insurance policy of your choice. If you were to get an insurance policy through another insurance company, you could get a much lower rate than what you have to pay if you buy insurance directly through the rental provider. These are just some of the key things that could help you save a good deal of money on your car rental in the beautiful city of Auckland.