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Car hire in NZ

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by dan72, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. craighelo

    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Often credit card insurance will also cover this.
     
  2. Bluebird

    Bluebird One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm off to NZ next week. Looking to rent a car between Wellington and Auckland. Tossing up between Omega and Go Rentals, there's about $100 difference between the two for a Corolla. Any recommendations either way? I see Go has gotten slightly better press on here but they are more expensive and less convenient than Omega.
     
  3. Donzah

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    No snap rentals?
     
  4. Bluebird

    Bluebird One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Alas, no outlet in Wellington!
     
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  5. dan72

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    Try Apex, their prices were competitive for the cars I looked at.
     
  6. Froff Life

    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Used GO rentals last August, no issues and nice clean cars. We returned the car covered in mud and they didn't mind.
     
  7. hpsauce

    hpsauce A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have used Omega multiple times. All good experiences.
    Have not used Go
     
  8. KL.

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    There is always Jucy
     
  9. Chillybin

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    I’d probably read the travel insurance pds if I was you. Most travel insurance that I have used around the world will not pay the excess unless you have “taken ou insurance” on that car. Ie saying you don’t need insurance because you have travel insurance means you have NO insurance.... and will be liable for all costs. That is how every insurer I’ve used has explained that part to me.
     
  10. Donzah

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    Really? I thought it was fine...will check. It was in an article in the SMH that prompted me to bar the excessive car hire insurance.
     
  11. Chillybin

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    Yeah. Google search the aami pds and on pages 32-34 it’s clear as mud. Most others read very similar
     
  12. Born2ski

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    NZ car rentals already have insurance on the vehicles, it's the excess you have to pay. It's not like the USA that has no insurance on the vehicle.

    I've had an accident in New Zealand and my travel insurance covered the excess. But I would always advise people to read their own insurance PDS before the trip to make sure they're covered, and if in doubt contact your insurance company.
     
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  13. Chillybin

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    That was going to be my next question to the rental car company. Canada you need to pay for the cwd insurance for the travel insurance to cover you. Which travel insurance company covered you?
     
  14. Born2ski

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    @Chillybin . We had Worldcare Insurance, but this was a number of years ago so I'm sure they've changed their PDS by now. I'd make sure I read their current PDS to be certain they still cover this area.
     
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  15. Chillybin

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    So I just noticed on many hire Rental agreements in NZ that you are not permitted to travel on any “ski field roads” gravel roads are fine if they are a designated or signed road like many in NZ. I’ve just booked and only noticed this now....
     
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    I wouldn't stress about that
     
  17. Zimbooo

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    Wrong, not in NZ which this thread is about. In New Zealand, by law, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in all rates, as Born2ski has correctly stated. Comprehensive travel insurance covers the excess in NZ, (just need to check that the travel insurance policy covers the total amount of excess quoted by the car hire company for the particular car hired). And yes, read the PDS (as some policies don't cover windscreen or tyre damage). If you have any questions about your own agreements / policies. Send the hire car company / insurance company a email asking for clarification in writing.