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Auckland is the most populous city in New Zealand. This beautiful city offers an array of activities for tourists and residents to enjoy and partake in. 

Car hire in Auckland is a great way to move around and explore the city because it allows you to enjoy the city at your own pace. Driving yourself around the city is more flexible than taking a taxi because it allows you to complete your itinerary without having to rush activities. 

The process of hiring a car can be stress-free if you follow these few tips:

Book on time and plan ahead

Before deciding to hire a car, it’s advisable to do some research on car rental companies. We encourage you to look through options and take note of all the details that suit your preference and budget before going on to book a car for your trip.

After your research is complete and a decision has been reached, you’re good to go!  

Luckily the world is digital and so are Auckland car hire services! You can book ahead of time and have all your questions answered without having to step into any office. 

Booking ahead for your trip gives you an advantage on the best deals because rates go up and down according to the demand and supply and the season of times too. 

Take photos of the car

Taking pictures has become much easier thanks to smart phones. When you go to pick up the car you have hired, we advise that you take a few snapshots and possibly make a video of the car while on the premises. Ask the staff to identify any existing damage to you and take close-up images of them so you can avoid any future disputes when the car is returned.

Pay attention to all the necessary details

Take note of all the details from the fuel policy, to the excess charges on insurance which can vary between companies. Inquire about all deposits required for the car rental and make sure you have sufficient money on your card to pay for any future holiday expenditure.

Also, take note of return requirements and extra charges on drivers under a particular age. Keeping all these in mind can help you avoid paying for extra charges at the end of the trip. 

Age range and drivers

Have your license with you when you are going to hire a car because you would not be able to rent a car without it.

Hiring a car for a trip doesn’t have to be stressful. All you have to do is follow these steps and we can guarantee you a smooth and easy rental experience.

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Auckland is a sprawling metropolis known for its far flung suburbs… and marginal public transport services. Any local will tell you emphatically: you can’t survive in Auckland without a car. So if your car is being repaired,  you’re a visitor to Auckland, or you’re a one car family but occasionally need two, a hire car is often the perfect solution to  your transport dramas. Typically, a day’s hire cost can be less than a single trip in a taxi or Uber.

Of course a car hire can also bring its own dramas, so in this series we give you some tips for a smooth, uneventful, stress-free  car rental in Auckland, and the obvious place to start is:

Picking Up Your Hire Car

This is a critical time, but quite often there is a fair amount of “she’ll be right” on behalf of both the hirer and hiree. It’s understandable: you’ve probably used hire cars before and can’t wait to get on the road, and the rental operator has phones ringing and other customers waiting. You will forget to ask half the questions you planned to, and they will forget to tell you some quirks of operation in your car. Remember, for the company staff this hire car is just like dozens of others, so for them these details may seem too obvious to bore you with.

Collecting your rental car doesn’t need to be slow and arduous, but here are a few tips that are definitely worth remembering:

1. Online Saves Time!

It’s the 21st century, and these days many Auckland car hire companies let you pre-enter most of your information online before you set foot in their office. Do this if at all possible. It not only means that you’ll be behind the wheel of your hire car within moments, but it will often answer many of the questions you had, or raise others, before you meet the rental staff.

2. Who’s Driving?

Make sure you have your licence. Not a photo or xerox of your licence, but your actual licence. You will not be able to hire a car without it.

Ideally bring the licences of any likely drivers with you, too. Hirers often casually mention that their spouse “might” drive the hire car, but don’t have that person or their licence with them. No licence on the hire agreement means NO INSURANCE COVER, so don’t even think about it. Some rental companies let you add licences by sending scans or photos through during the hire, but don’t take this for granted, others can be quite strict.

Licences should be in English, or accompanied by an International Driving Permit or authorised translation. Overseas licence holders will also need to present their passport.

3. Snap Away!

Take photos of your hire car. The rental company will probably have done this, but these days it is so easy to walk around the car with your phone and take a few snaps or a video while it’s still on their premises. Take close ups of any existing damage. Disputes still can arise, even between perfectly honest rental companies and perfectly honest customers, so this is free peace of mind.

4. Any Questions?

Check the important things while you’re there. If the stereo or GPS in your hire car will be critical to your travelling pleasure, try and get some joy out of it. If you plan to fold seats away for luggage or sleeping space, do it now. Trying to communicate these things over the phone later can be challenging for both parties.

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