How to make sure your rental car enhances your holiday

How can you make sure you get the car you want for your summer holiday?

Are you thinking about travelling around Australia this summer, but don't have a car you can take? In that case, you'll need to hire one, and East Coast Car Rentals is the team you should turn to. If you're booking a holiday shortly, make sure you book your rental car at the same time.

Hiring a car from a second-rate organisation leaves you susceptible to being ripped off, and having a bad experience. You're on holiday – you should be having fun, getting the sand between your toes and the salt in your hair, not worrying about your car constantly breaking down because it's a total lemon!

All you have to do is book your flights and sort out car hire in your chosen destination.

Below are some tips that will help you to have the best Australian summer holiday in a hire car. All you have to do is book your flights and sort out car hire in your chosen destination.

Book early, to avoid missing out

In the busy summer months, hiring cars for trips is a popular option. People from all over Australia choose Queensland as their Christmas and New Years Eve destinations, according to Tourism Research Australia. In the March quarter of 2016, domestic overnight holiday trips to the Sunshine State equated to 36.1 million, with the total spend amounting to $28.4 billion – an increase of 4 per cent over the same period in 2015.

More and more people see Queensland as a viable holiday destination. Domestic holiday-makers aren't necessarily going to bring their own car, either, so they'll look to hire one. No matter where you're coming from, there's going to be hot competition to get the car you want.

Make sure you get the right car

When travelling by yourself, it doesn't really matter what you drive around for the duration of your holiday. One person with luggage will comfortably fit in a hatchback, and the total fuel cost will be lower too. When you start increasing the number of people you're tripping with, you should also increase the size of the car you hire.

If you're seeing the sights around the east coast for three weeks with four of your mates, and you leave organising a hire car until the week before you leave, you'll likely miss out on the most suitable car for your needs. You'd want a van or a big SUV, not a hatchback. It's hard enough fitting five people into a hatchback, let alone cramming all of your luggage in there too!

It's hard enough fitting five people into a hatchback, let alone cramming all of your luggage in there too!

Booking early doesn't just guarantee that you'll get a car, it guarantees that you won't be stuck in a tiny vehicle for your holiday as well.

Fill the tank before you drop the car off

Most holiday-makers in Australia will have a set budget for any trip, overseas or domestic. That budget can quickly blow out over summer, when you're spending money getting to the beach or finding a great present for a loved one. When you're coming to the end of your trip, with your bank account reeling from a heavy few weeks of spending, you don't want to be hit with a bill for dropping your rental car off with an empty tank.

All you have to do to avoid the charge is fill the tank on your way to dropping it off to East Coast Car Rentals. You'll have to pay at the fuel station, but it will be cheaper than paying for the fuel plus the time it takes a staff member to head out and do it themselves.

Your Australian road trip this summer can be fun, peaceful and cost-effective – if you follow these simple steps. For more information about hiring a car for your summer holidays, get in touch with East Coast Car Rentals today.

About the Author

Chester is a foodie and loves to explore the great land of Australia. He is currently blogging for East Coast Car Rentals.

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