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Cheapest rental cars in Canberra

By Wide Boy Jake - 12 August 2008 5

I am thinking of renting a car in a few weeks and was wondering if Rioters could offer some advice on the best and cheapest rental cars in Canberra. 

I want to rent the cheapest car possible – a small four cylinder model. 

Is there any red tape to go through?  What is the usual procedure to rent a car?

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Cheapest rental cars in Canberra
Felix the Cat 8:03 pm 12 Aug 08

Most, if not all car rental companies require a credit card as security in case you damage the car and/or do a runner.

I think there’s a dodgy (cheap?) car rental place at Dickson, down the laneway in the old Dominoes Pizza building behind Bridgestone Tyres in Cape St.

Edit: Pretty sure the company is called Pronto Car Rentals. I just looked it up on Google and they only seem to have a listing for an office at 167 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

Doctor Evil 11:23 am 12 Aug 08

Yellow Pages is your friend.

For the easiest way to compare rates for the big hire companies, try

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:31 am 12 Aug 08

Oh, another tip if you are going away is to buy domestic travel insurance that covers hire car excess as part of the policy. Instead of paying $22 a day to reduce the excess to a low amount, you can generally buy travel insurance over the Internet that covers the same (and more), for about a third of that cost, and also covers your family for other travel related issues (including theft of your stuff while away).

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:30 am 12 Aug 08

Try to jump on to someone’s corporate rate. Late last year I hired a fairlane for 38 bucks a day!

pug206gti 9:21 am 12 Aug 08

From experience, you can do reasonably well if you get some referral coupon or whatever to the rental company. NRMA is a good example. If you choose Europcar, say you’re a Virgin guest. Yuo can often also get the government leisure rate if you’re a public servant (and not like they can check either).

Regarding the liability insurance they’ll try to sell you, its up to you but it’s a bit of a crock. The big companies self-insure. If you don’t take it and crash, you pay $3000+ and they refund you if it cost less to fix. Depending on the liability otherwise you just pay that (often $300 or sometimes nil). The liability is often better on the corporate/referral rates too.

And if you can pick the car up from the city you avoid paying a 11% commission to Snowtown. Ironically with Europcar I remember they had to transport the car to civic for me to pick up (at their cost) but it was cheaper for me because I didn’t pay the airport tax.

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