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Get Fast, Cheap Car Rental with DriveNow

DriveNow gives you access to an amazing amount of car hire options and provides the power to reserve a set of wheels for you and your fellow travellers with just a few clicks of your mouse or taps of your favourite mobile device. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it’s perhaps the best way to get around so you can make holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

Maybe you’ve decided it’s about time you and your mates or family take to the Australian highways to see bit more of what this great country has to offer. Or perhaps it’s time for a hop over the Tasman to explore the fantastic North and South Islands of our wonderful neighbour New Zealand. You can find wheels that will open up the map to your travelling whims in both countries, as well as others around the globe.

DriveNow’s got you covered when you want to stretch your holiday legs and rent a car outside of Australia and New Zealand, too. Heading for a European vacation that would make the Griswold family blush? Turn the continent into your own personal playground with a rental car that fits all your equipment, travelling party, and budget. With cheap car hire outlets in some of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe, including, but not limited to, Italy, Ireland and Germany, you can see incredible iconic attractions without having to worry about how you’re going to get around.

Whether you’re looking for a car, truck, or SUV to get you from Point A to Points B, C, D, and beyond, or want to make the road your home and hire a campervan to get around, we can help you get the keys to the vehicle you need to live your holiday dreams.

We can’t guarantee your flight is going to be on time. Or that your bags are going to make it to your destination. And there’s nothing we can do about ensuring your accommodation looks like it does in the photos and is free of bed bugs. But, we sure as heck can help you with getting your hands on some hassle-free, cheap car rental. With DriveNow, getting a car is just one less thing you have to worry about, giving you a bit more peace of mind and letting you concentrate on other important parts of your trip.

Explore Australia and New Zealand in Style with DriveNow Car Hire

You don’t have to spend hours and hours in the air to transport yourself to an amazing holiday destination. And you don’t have to rely on public transport or expensive cabs or apps to schedule your movements, either. Taking a domestic trip in Australia or New Zealand is a piece of cake when you rent a car for your holiday from DriveNow.

With an enormous range of options when it comes to car hire in Australia and New Zealand, we can help you make your dreams of cruising around on a classic Aussie or Kiwi road trip become a reality.

If you’re hitting any of the major cities around the country, you can bet your bottom dollar there is going to be an easy and affordable way to get your hands on the keys of a quality hire car from DriveNow. Whether you want to pick it up right when you get off the plane or would rather grab it once you’re in the city, we have more than 1,400 locations that can make sorting out your hire car in Australia an absolute breeze.

Stay domestic with DriveNow car hire in Australia

Heading to Melbourne to catch a game at the iconic MCG or hitting the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles and other mouthwatering scenes? You’re going to want a sweet set of wheels to cruise in comfort and style. Get the keys to your rental car at Melbourne Airport and take control from the start.

The same goes for other awesome Australian locations. Fly into Sydney and check out the country’s most populous city before starting an epic road trip up the east coast. Cross into Queensland and follow the M1 north to hit some of the stunning sandy beaches in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and the aptly named Surfers Paradise. You can start and end your trip just about wherever you want, as DriveNow car hire at Sydney Airport and Brisbane Airport makes it easy for you to drop off the keys before getting on the plane and returning to real life.

Cross the Tasman and rent a car to experience all New Zealand has to offer

There’s more of the same ready and waiting for you in New Zealand. The North Island is home to the country’s most populous city, Auckland, as well as the capital of Wellington, with all its wind and culture ready to sweep you off your feet. Meanwhile, the South Island is where you’ll find a revitalised Christchurch, thriving after being rocked by earthquakes and tremors in the 2010s, as well as Queenstown, the city many call the adventure capital of the world. You can do all the hiking, camping, bungee jumping, and general holidaying your little heart desires with the right set of weels, and DriveNow’s cheap car rental can give you exactly that.

One tip when travelling to New Zealand: check the rules about taking the ferry across the Cook Strait in your New Zealand rental car. Some suppliers prohibit you from doing so or make you sign a waiver. But don’t sweat it! You can just grab another car on the other side super easily for your next NZ island adventure!

Hit the Road for the Overseas Holiday of a Lifetime

While Australia and New Zealand have enough to see and do to keep you occupied for multiple lifetimes, don’t let that big ocean stop you from exploring further afield! There’s a wonderful world out there that’s just begging to be appreciated by you and your travelling team.

Whether you’re heading off on an overseas adventure to the UK, the USA or South Africa, let DriveNow expand the horizons of your holiday by giving you the freedom to explore at your own leisure. While public transport can be a cheap and convenient way to get around, it can get much more confusing when multiple languages are involved. Having your own set of wheels means there will be nothing lost in translation. What’s more, you can carry as much luggage as you wish, play your own music, and stop for as many picnic or photo opportunities as you like!

Europe

If it’s the multicultural, colourful jigsaw of Europe that you’re heading to, having your own car is especially useful. With so many countries so close together, you can encounter more than one in the same day. This means that you can be eating croissants for breakfast in France in the morning, and dancing the night away in Spain by night! Travelling between European countries by road is far easier than spending excess money or time using air travel, and you won’t need to worry about repacking your suitcase to suit those pesky airline baggage rules each time with your own rental car!

Travelling in summer with the family in tow? Head to sunny France, a country that has something to please every member of your travelling party. Start your trip in the accessible Charles de Galle airport in Paris and treat the kids to a day in Disneyland. Or use Geneva as your starting point and grab a hire car with room for sports equipment so you can get driving through the magnificent European Alps to cross into Italy or Switzerland. With lakes and mountains as far as the eye can see, there’s endless potential for outdoor activities, whether that’s water sports, climbing, biking, or paragliding.

If your holiday itinerary revolves around the best places to eat, then a self-driving tour of Italy may just be your idea of heaven. There’s no way to get a true taste of Italian food without sampling the different specialties from each region, so what better way to brush up on your pizza, pasta, and gelato knowledge than a food-filled road trip? Italy’s major international airports are a convenient place to start your European adventure, and the wide selection of cars, SUVs and campervans for hire from DriveNow mean you’ll be ready to hit the road no matter which direction you’re going.

While it may not have the climate or world-renowned cuisines of some of the more southern countries, the UK and Ireland still have a lot to offer when it comes to a great holiday, and it’s not just the fact that you can drive on the same side of the road as you do at home! The British Isles are filled with history, amazing landscapes, and plenty of exciting tourist attractions. If you’d like some time to explore on foot without a car, there’s no problem there. Fly into one of the multiple international airports in London, for example, and enjoy a few days exploring everything the famous capital has to offer before picking up your set of wheels and hitting the road!

If it’s an escape from the hustle and bustle that you’re hoping for, then fly into Ireland and let the scenery do the talking. The Emerald Isle has enough moody mountains, dramatic coastal cliffs, and pristine white beaches to recharge your batteries for multiple years. And the best way to see them all? A road trip in a discount car rental from DriveNow! If going where the wind takes you is your style, then embrace life on the road and book yourself a campervan to wake up to the sweet sounds of nature.

Of course, your self-drive travels definitely don’t have to be limited to just Europe. That’s why DriveNow has an equally extensive range of cheap rental cars in other continents to keep you covered wherever you go.

United States

Always dreamed of a road trip along the East Coast of America? Then pick up a cheap car hire at Miami Airport, pack your family in the back and get ready to have the time of your life! Equally, if you just want a vehicle to get you from the airport in Hawaii to your hotel, with the occasional run to the shops to pick up ice creams and sunscreen, we can sort you out with the perfect vehicle for the job.

South Africa

The same goes for DriveNow’s partners' reputable and reliable fleet of hire cars in South Africa. Fly into one of the major airports like Johannesburg or Cape Town and simply stroll out into your rebooked rental car, ready to see the sights. With so many things to see and do in South Africa, you’ll have your work cut out for you trying to even make a dent in a short trip. However, you’ll have far better chance of packing lots of activities in if you get your own set of wheels from DriveNow to plan your own schedule. Visit the magnificent Table Top Mountain, sample world famous South African wines in the cape Winelands, or even spot wild animals on safari, (although for this one we’d recommend leaving the driving to the experts!) When it comes to a holiday with a difference, South Africa is your spot.

No matter where you’ve dreamed of holidaying or road tripping, DriveNow could very well have a solution for you.

DriveNow’s Great Collection of Car Supply Partners

One of the best things about sorting out your car hire with DriveNow is that you know you’ll be getting a vehicle from one of the most trusted and reliable car suppliers on the planet. We’re not looking to make cut-rate deals with shifty companies. We hook you up with rock-solid names that millions have come to know and depend on all over the world, whether you’re planning on exploring Australia or New Zealand or heading further abroad to parade around Portugal, see the sights of South Africa, or cruise through Canada and the United States.

We’ve been helping people find awesome, cheap car rental for their holiday since 2003. In that time, we’ve built up secure relationships with:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Firefly
  • Hertz
  • Keddy
  • Redspot

With these companies having thousands of options available around the world at any given time, you’re able to take advantage of our convenient car hire comparison system for a huge number of potential destinations.

Why it Makes Sense to Rent a Car with DriveNow for your Next Holiday

As if being able to travel around on your terms wasn’t enough, there are heaps of different reasons why using DriveNow to rent a car in Australia, New Zealand, or wherever your trip might take you just makes sense!

It’s easy

Our convenient interface allows you to compare car hire at your own leisure, giving you one less thing to worry about when putting together all the pieces of your holiday puzzle. You can sort by location, car size, make, model, and price to find a vehicle that fits the bill.

Whether you’re after a smaller, sportier car, something a bit bigger to pile in all your gear, or even a sweet campervan to take your accommodation on the go, DriveNow puts options from our trusted list of suppliers in front of you in one convenient package. That way, all you have to do is compare the offerings and pick the one that’s right for you.

Grab a hire car at the airport when you fly into dozens of major cities around the world, or pick up the keys at a convenient service centre around whichever town you’ve decided to check out. Our car rental agency partners have heaps of locations from which you can start your journey, so you don’t have to throw away valuable hours tracking down one out-of-the-way spot.

It’s cheap

At DriveNow, we guarantee the lowest available rates on hire cars for your holiday. That gives you a bit more cash to splash on things like accommodation, tickets to major attractions and events, and, of course, sampling your destination’s finest eats and drinks!

When you book, you don’t have to worry about getting stung later on by sneaky fees. That’s because car hire prices are laid out easily and simply for you to scan as you’re making your comparisons. The price you see is the price you get. And, in most cases, you don’t have to pay a cent until you show up to pick up your vehicle. You’ll get instant reservation confirmation without even having to punch in your credit card details. On the off chance something comes up and you have to give up your trip, you won’t be charged a cancellation fee, either!

Other great reasons to use DriveNow when you hire a car

  • Independent, free and independent car rental comparison and booking service without bias or favour
  • Smart device friendly - no App required, just launch DriveNow.com.au in your phone or tablet’s browser to load our dedicated mobile booking service
  • Locally staffed - experienced Australians who can help you make your decision and finalise your booking
  • Locally owned - based in Australia, owned and run by Australians—no off-shore call centres here
  • More than 8000 locations - convenience at the airport or around towns all over the world

All of this adds up to an affordable, easy experience that will have you on the road bouncing from place to place in no time!

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Car Hire FAQ and Top Tips

Not familiar with what goes into hiring a rental car for your holiday? No dramas! DriveNow is here to make your experience as cheap and easy as possible. Here are some answers to the most-often asked questions:

Do I have to return my hire car to the exact same spot in Australia?

No, you don’t! In many instances, you can return your Australia car hire in a different location.

DriveNow is committed to making your life easier. That’s why we’re proud to offer one-way rentals in Australia. One-way rentals are hires in which you pick up the car from one place and drop it off in another. This can make road tripping an even tastier prospect! Imagine picking up your car at Sydney Airport and cruising south down to Victoria and the glorious Great Ocean Road. Then dropping your ride off at Melbourne Airport before flying home. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? And if you have a flexible schedule and can travel last minute there are some amazing One Way Rental Deals to be had!

One thing to remember is that sometimes there are extra fees associated with these types of car hire, but you’ll be sure to know if that’s the case with our transparent price listings. These fees are often less or non-existent if you choose to pick up and drop off from airports.

When should I book my rental car?

You should book your rental car with DriveNow as soon as you’re ready. There’s no use in waiting, as, unlike many airline tickets, you won’t save money for booking closer to your departure date. The earlier you make your reservation, the better both your rate and the wider range of awesome vehicles to choose from will be. This is especially true around popular holiday times such as Christmas, Easter, and when the kiddos are off school for extended periods of time.

Since in many instances you don’t have to worry about laying out any money or credit card information when you book and there’s no fear of cancellation fees, there’s no reason to stall. Compare car hire options for your next exciting destinations and get sorted for a vehicle without fear as soon as possible!

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Australia?

The generally accepted age you need to be to rent a car in Australia is 25. However, there are some car rental companies that will allow licensed drivers to hire at the age of 21. Those that do will often have a surcharge fee for drivers aged 21-25. These are not hard and fast rules, so check the pricing breakdown of your rental to figure out if there is a charge and how much it is.

What if I need a car seat for my children?

You can get a booster or child seat when renting a vehicle easily from car rental companies. DriveNow’s hire car company partners want to make it as easy as possible for you and the rest of your travelling party, no matter the age, to get around and see every nook and cranny of your holiday destination. Having your own set of wheels can be even more important if you have a young traveller with you, as taxi drivers are not required by law to have child seating options available.

When you rent a car with DriveNow, alert the car rental company that you need a child safety seat by noting it in the comments section. Make sure to include the age and height of the children who need special seating. Child seating can be a bit trickier with campervans, as some of them are not equipped to handle such pieces.

Car rental companies have different charges for child seats and booster seats, and these charges can also change depending on if you’re hiring from an airport or another location. Also look into the laws of the countries in which you’ll be travelling so you can be sure to not only keep your child safe, but also keep yourself on the right side of the law!

Do rental cars come with GPS?

When you hire a car in Australia with DriveNow, you can opt to also hire a GPS unit that can help you keep your trip on track.

Exploring areas in which you’re not familiar is one of the most fun things you can do on your trip. On the other hand, getting lost in remote areas can be the worst. A GPS unit might be the tool you need to enjoy the former and avoid the latter. The DriveNow rental car agencies in Australia can supply you with a GPS satellite navigation, though you’ll want to double check and make sure the location from which you’re picking up the keys has them in stock.

What other add-ons can I have?

In addition to child safety seating and GPS options, DriveNow’s car hire partners have a huge range of extras, some of which come free, some of which come with extra charges, and some of which are not always available.

If you’re going to be in a snowy region such as Canada, you can ask about snow cover packages so you can breathe a bit easier in treacherous conditions. You can also ask about adding other drivers to your vehicle, as you might want to split the load behind the wheel so you can have some time sightseeing out the window!

When it comes to renting a campervan, you’ll have a great range of awesome additional parts and pieces you can add on to make your trip what you want it to be. Turn any location into a snacking spot with picnic tables and chairs. Stay comfortable with an awning to protect you from the sun’s heat or the pouring rain, or grab a fan heater to keep your temporary home on wheels cozy when the temperature drops. And don’t keep yourself at the mercy of local radio stations that can fuzz in and out depending on your reception. Grab an MP3 adaptor so you can cruise to the tunes, podcasts, and audio books of your liking.

As with other add-ons, it’s best to check with your car rental company location to see if these are available when you make your booking.

What should I make sure to do before I leave the car rental agency?

Look, we know it’s going to be exciting getting your hands on the keys to a car, truck, SUV, or campervan that is going to give you the power to live your wildest holiday dreams. But there are a few things you want to keep in mind before you take off from the rental company. Check out these car rental tips:

  • Learn about insurance Even if you’re the most careful driver in the world, you can’t expect the same of others on the road. That’s why it’s important to know what you’re liable for and what’s covered under the insurance options available to you. Taking the extra few minutes before you leave to review all paperwork, ask questions, and explore all the hire car insurance options is well worth it. Alternatively, see what your travel insurance has to say about car hire excess cover, as many top plans can sort you out.
  • Give the vehicle a check Checking the vehicle you’re going to rent for damage is standard practice with car hire agencies, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Make sure you look for any damage on the hire car and have a staffer at the rental agency take note of dings and dents you see. Also take photos of these blemishes with your smartphone. Checking for damage is another thing that might delay getting on the road by a few minutes, but fight the urge to do this important task half-heartedly!
  • Learn about the fuel policy Some car rental agencies will charge an arm and a leg to refill their vehicles with fuel. Avoid such stinging fees by making sure you put petrol in the tank before you make your return. Learn about flat fuel charge options if you don’t want to mess with refilling the tank yourself, or ask the rental agency staff where a nearby petrol station is so you’re not wasting time cruising around a city you might not be familiar with. This is especially key if you’re under the pump trying to make a flight!
  • Know the rules While cruising off road through majestic mountain scenery or hopping on a car ferry for destinations unknown sounds like a great idea, it could get you into hot water with car rental agencies. Make sure to inquire if you’re going to be driving anywhere out of the ordinary or taking a car ferry. For example, some Hobart car rental companies are not fond of you taking their vehicles from mainland Hobart over to Bruny Island. Many also frown upon you gliding over the Cook Strait on a car ferry. And don’t plan on towing anything or carting around your pets, either, as our car rental partners do not allow either of those.