Thinking about taking the kids on a trip? Perhaps you're visiting one or all of the thrilling theme parks that the Gold Coast has to offer. Or maybe you're travelling to Surfers Paradise to take advantage of the area's amazing beaches. Whatever you're planning on doing or seeing, it's vital that you make sure your rental car will go the distance with you and meet your needs.

Here are a few points to ponder when considering your car hire on the Gold Coast – or car hire in Surfers Paradise – options for a family holiday.

Comfort

It's likely you've heard that Australia can get pretty hot during the summer months, so it pays to make sure you're getting a rental car with air-conditioning if you're going to be spending a lot of time in it. Most of our cars come equipped with air-conditioning, but err on the side of caution and ask before you sign on the dotted line.

Size

There's nothing worse than getting off a plane with mountains of luggage only to discover the rental car you've booked has a boot the size of a peanut. Don't be caught out! Think about how many bags you're going to be bringing and the amount of storage space those bags will require. East Coast Car Rentals has a variety of car sizes for you to choose from, including the roomy Toyota Camry – perfect for a family trip.

Add-ons

Are you going to be driving around a lot in your rental vehicle? If you're concerned about keeping the kids occupied as you transport them from place to place, for an added fee you can get a car DVD player as part of your rental. And to make sure those car journeys don't take any longer than they need to, hiring a satellite navigation system for an extra $7.50 a day is definitely worth considering. You can also opt for booster seats at a maximum of $55 per rental if you're travelling with wee ones.