Car hire in NZ

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  1. dan72

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    What's the best car hire everyone has used in NZ in August, currently looking at Snap Rentals, seem to be the best price i can find for a 4x4 (Subaru Outback 2017) at $77.50 (NZ dollars) per day, with $0 excess.
     
  2. Zimbooo

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    We have used Apex for years. Cars are a couple of years older, but $30-$40 a day normally covers it with chains and racks. (travel insurance covers the excess, so need to pay the hire car company more for excess cover). Have also hired from Jucy when staying in Wanaka, as they had a deal with car.......buy 1 adult day ticket and Treble cone and get one free, which was valid for a week. So basically $500 bucks worth of skiing for free.
     
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    We used Go Rentals last August, not the cheapest but quality cars and good service.
     
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  4. dan72

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    So travel insurance covers up to the $2000 that most companies have as standard excess? I paid extra for $0 excess last year with motorhome company, maybe I should have done better research.
     
  5. Zimbooo

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    Yes, check all the inclusions in the travel insurance policy before you buy. Most comprehensive travel insurance will cover $5000 car hire excess.
     
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    Yeah most travel insurance policies (including credit card ones) cover your rental car excess so no need to buy it again from the rental company. A sneaky way they make $$ off travellers!
     
  8. dan72

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    But you need to have the funds available on a credit card to cover the bond for the excess, usually $2000 or way more for vans/motorhomes. Which is sometimes tough when you are paying for accom, lift passes etc. at the same time.
     
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    Really? I've never had that before? Not that I've been aware of
     
  10. dan72

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    All the ones ive asked, they said the card has to have available funds on the card to cover the excess ($2000 for most cars) at the time of the pick up.
     
  11. Froff Life

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    I'm pretty sure they just hold your credit card details for security, the money doesn't actually come off your credit card. Not 100% on that.
     
  12. Whatever really

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    Yep, used them for 10 years
     
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  13. dan72

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    I thought the same, Wilderness Motorhomes dont as there excess is $7500, but anyone ive contacted about cars have said they do for the $2000 excess.
     
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    Anzed rentals, Teddy is a top operator.
     
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    I used Omega Rental Cars, Christchurch in September and will definitely use again. Cheaper with cars being a bit older than the main operators, but seemed to be a well run business. They also have a branch in Queenstown.
     
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    Thanks for all the responses, heaps of great info, as usual from all the awesome contributors on this site.

    Looks like Snap are still the cheapest at NZ$53.50/day for a 2017 model Subaru with standard insurance.
     
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    4WD? I reckon its worth the extra $$ to not have to fit chains on a snow day and zoom past all the 2WDs!
     
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  18. dan72

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    Its a 2017 Outback AWD going by their website.
     
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    We used Snap car rentals last trip
    They were pretty good
     
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  20. dan72

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    What car did you hire?
     
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    Oh just a wee one...was a summer trip.
    I've used Omega, Apex, Ace and a couple of others I forget..
    However snap was the most BS free and simplest .

    No complaints.

    A outback would be a great bus for NZ and the access roads.
     
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    Used Omega last season from Queenstown. Had a 4wd Subaru Forester - brand new. Was awesome.
     
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    Snap is definitely a different company to the establishment.

    Their overheads must be sweet fa.
     
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    Jucy if you want to go to Treble Cone. Get a free lift pass every day if there are two of you. Only affordable way to ski the place.
     
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    Take note that in NZ, Toyota Highlander = Kluger
     
  26. dan72

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    Since the 4WD Outback is close to double the price of say a new Corolla, which over 12 days is about $500 dearer, is it worth the extra money getting the Outback ?

    The access roads I will be going up are probably Coronet, Cardrona, Dobson and Porters, so nothing gnarly.
     
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    I would think the Corolla would do the job. If that's what you're asking

    Its a different questions as to whether the Outback is worth the money :)

    Just be prepared to fit chains (although you also may want to do that on the outback, depending on snow)
     
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  28. dan72

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    Is it worth paying double for the Outback is the question I guess, especially considering the mountians im visiting. The savings from Outback to Corolla equals the cost of 5 days of lift passes roughly.

    Im happy fitting chains, had to do it last year in a Fiat motorhome.
     
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    The Corolla will be fine. Coronet is bitchumen and a breeze. Dobbo, Porters and Cardrona are all really well maintained dirt roads and are fine 90% of the time. It's only when the get heavy snow/rain can they be a bit dodgy.

    All roads have long drop offs over the sides with no barricades in places which can be scary for the novice driver, but you sound pretty confident.

    If you can afford it, I'd still get the Outback as it will be a comfier and quicker ride up and down the dirt roads.

    Here's a shot I took driving up Dobson last year, 15cms fell over night but they do a great job of snow clearing early. No barracides:
     
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  30. dan72

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    Would prefer the Outback if coin allows, just wanted reassurance the Corolla is an ok fall back.
    I drove that road last year in this beast below, the no barricades was an eye opener, a smaller vehcile should be a way more relaxing drive haha
     
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    Apex were good, we got an older Subaru liberty but it was great
     
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    Smaller car (Toyota Corolla) last October through Go was good. Brand new, which we didn't realise till we returned it and they commented on the mileage we'd racked up. LOL
     
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    5 lift passes.... it is a lot.

    If you are confident to drive it, just go with the Corolla. I'll get up in most conditions. I've only seen 1 occasion where 2WD vehicles were blocked at the base (even with chains) but that was TC.
    Its obviously going to be slower and more knuckle clenching, but as already said Cardona/Coronet are real easy (I don't know the others)

    I usually try to get a wagon for space/comfort reasons more than anything, and often its Subaru and AWD is nice. But not totally necessary
     
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    You don't need the outback it just depends on how important the money is vs comfort vs safety. Have been up CP, TC, Remarks, Cardrona in a tiny getz as I was expecting NZ to be like drive to Perisher the 1st time I visited. 2 of the days were whiteout and snow and it made it with chains. Would I do it again probably not as I have the money these days to get a 4wd but its definitely doable in a corolla
     
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    What yeah outback?
     
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    2017 Outback $62/day with basic insurance $2000 excess/bond

    2016 Corolla $25/day with same insurance

    Booking for 12 days.
     
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    How about a 2013 outback ?
     
  39. dan72

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    Snap only have newer cars, checked other companies who had older cars, they weren't any cheaper.
     
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    Ahh yeah . I should read the whole thread
    It's still a good deal. Cheap even.
    Personally . I'd take the subie.
    Far better car for driving in winter in NZ.
    Enjoyable.

    Corollas are so effing boring
     
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  41. dan72

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    Yeh it is cheap, you are probably right, last year I did 2200kms between mountains, that would suck in a Corolla.
     
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    I reckon I've done 20,000 in hire cars in NZ.
    I'd rather be doing them in a subie
     
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  43. dan72

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    So does everyone just use travel insurance to cover the rental excess, instead of paying extra with the car rental company?
     
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    I did with Snap rentals..cause there charges were pretty exey
    I was also double insured with a Travel policy and a Credit card policy
     
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    Same as Donzah, my credit card combined with our travel insurance policy covered the rental excess. No sense paying for it twice!
     
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    You need to check the car hire company policy on their excess and what you are comfortable with.
    Eg. Would they automatically charge your CC the excess if the car is damaged in a crash that wasn't your fault?
    Do they charge you a bond or similar at the start of the hire to cover excess if you don't take insurance with them?
    Some will charge you the excess straight away to your CC if your in a crash etc., regardless if its your fault or not then debit the money back into your account once liability has been accepted by the other drivers insurance company whilst others just charge the excess regardless leaving you to claim and be refunded by your travel insurance policy. I've only had one bingle in the many many years I've hired cars. It wasn't my fault, however it did take me about 12 weeks to get my $3k back that I was charged at the time of the crash. Bloody hire car company (Thrifty) held onto my money for about two months after the other drivers insurance company had already accepted liability.
     
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    I can either provide a credit card that will cover the $2000 excess or pay a cash bond of $2000, or pay $288 to go $0 excess for 12 days hire.

    Im expecting to be charged and then claim back through travel insurance, most companies Ive looked at do that.
     
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    If you are looking at paying $2k upfront as a style of bond, then that should be refunded within a few weeks in full by the hire company to you, after the hire company has not received a fine for speeding from police , parking fine, or any damage.
    I've always taken picks of the car at pickup (all sides) to confirm cars condition, close ups if any damage was visible at time of pickup, and then at drop off making sure car hire co signs off on no damage etc. Don't leave the car at drop off without sign off.
    Plenty of scamming hire car companies out there (not saying the one you are looking at is). Better to just cover your arse against any that try it on!
     
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    Has anyone used Aerodrive car rentals out of Queenstown before? Have booked a car and didn't receive a confirmation email from them so have tried numerous times to contact them with no avail. Phone says their mailbox is full and emails are returned with nothing written that my email can read. Somewhat confused and hoping I haven't done myself out of $500.
     
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    Just checked out that deal, you get 6 passes, so over $600 worth of value, and the daily rate for a 4wd Mitsubishi Outlander is only $49.40 per day...seems like a crazy good deal, even without the passes.
     
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