How to beat the rental car price hike this summer

How to beat the rental car price hike this summer

The sun’s out and with the Christmas/New Year break in sight it’s time to finally book that holiday you’ve been dreaming about for months! Let’s find some wheels to get you there and back.

Everyone knows that pricing peaks over summer - you’ll be paying more for everything from accommodation to activities and rental cars. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here we take a look at your rental car options and how you can save hundreds this summer.!

Save $842.20 on this trip from Melbourne to Lorne

For this trip we’ve looked at:

  • 7 days away in the week of Christmas
  • 320 kilometres (Melbourne to Lorne and back, plus some extra driving around)
  • reduced excess
  • medium-sized car (like a Toyota Camry) to fit the whole crew plus luggage
  • a customer on our $19/month Heavyweight plan


    Melb-lorne
Rental car Car Next Door
Time $917 ($131/day) $210 ($30/day)
Fuel/distance* $44.80 $105.60
Excess reduction $196 ($28/day) $0
Total $1157.80 $315.60

Save $599.40 on this holiday from Sydney to the Central Coast

For this trip we've looked at:

  • 5 days away in the week of Christmas
  • 240 kilometres (Sydney to the Central Coast and back, plus some extra driving around)
  • reduced excess
  • medium-sized car (like a Toyota Camry) to fit the whole crew plus luggage
  • a customer on our $19/month Heavyweight plan


    Syd-coast
Rental car Car Next Door
Time $655 ($131/day) $150 ($30/day)
Fuel/distance* $33.60 $79.20
Excess reduction $140 ($28/day) $0
Total $828.60 $229.20

Why is there a huge price difference?

Rental companies raise their prices during peak times, like summer holidays. Your local Car Next Door car is the same low price, all year round.

Rental prices can really rack up even further if you need to buy any added extras. You can hire child seats, add roadside assistance or additional drivers – all for a fee. With Car Next Door, these things come included. Because our cars are owned by real people, they come with things real people need. You can use filters to search for cars with child seats or roof racks, or to find a car that will welcome your furry friend. All Car Next Door trips come with 24 hour roadside assistance, and if you want to share the driving you just need to get your friend to sign up as a member for free and they’ll be covered.

Plus:

  • Our cars are right in your neighbourhood - no more hiking to the rental car depot
  • 24 hour pick up and drop off - collect and return the car at a time that suits you, day or night
  • No paperwork - just hop in and drive
    You can do the calculations for your own trip with our Car Next Door vs rental car calculator.

BOOK A CAR FOR YOUR SUMMER GETAWAY!

Fuel costs were calculated based on 33c/km with Car Next Door, and 14c/km in a rental car, assuming $1.40/L for fuel and consumption of 10L/100km. We have calculated the cost for a rental car at $131/day (the average daily price of a Toyota Camry in the week of Christmas 2017 as advertised on vroomvroomvroom.com.au) and an equivalent Car Next Door car at $30/day, for a Heavyweight member. Heavyweight membership costs $19 a month and comes with a low $500 excess for all trips, and no booking fees.

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