If you’ve decided on a family road trip for your next holiday, there are ways to save money on the rental and still hire a reliable vehicle. By hiring early, you can often find great rates for relocating a vehicle from one city to another. Here are six tips for hiring relocation vehicles for your next holiday.
When hiring a relocation vehicle, you may not be able to get the route you intend to travel so you need to be flexible when booking a car hire. Instead, you may be able to hire a vehicle halfway to your intended destination and then book another to the city that you want to go to. Since you can find vehicles for as little as $1 a day or even at no charge, allow for some flexibility in your itinerary.
Just as you would any other vehicle hire, you need to thoroughly inspect relocation cars in Australia. Carefully go over the exterior of the car for any type of damage and make sure that the agent notes what is found on the paperwork. Also, start the vehicle, test drive it in the lot, and ask when it was last serviced so you don’t break down on the way to its destination.
Adhere to Agreement
Remember, when hiring a relocation car, you’re on their schedule and not yours. Since you’re relocating a vehicle that needs to be at its destination so the company can hire it out, you need to be on time to the destination. While you may be on holiday, you still need to make sure that you arrive at the rental agency on time with their vehicle so you don’t incur any additional fees.
Avoid Driving at Dusk
If it’s been a while since you’ve driven in the country or if you never have, avoid driving when it starts getting dark. Much of the wildlife in Australia is nocturnal, especially in the Outback, so it will start to appear as it gets dark. You could easily get into an accident while on the open road after the sun starts setting so you should try to reach your overnight destination instead of driving straight through to the next city.
Remember to Book Return
Unless you intend to fly back home, remember to book a return vehicle for your trip. If you don’t, you may find yourself stranded without any other choice but to book airline tickets or take a bus back to your starting point. If you’re from out of the country, consider which city you’ll wind up in when booking your return flight home.
Book When Available
Relocation vehicles are not always available for hire and they are generally on a first come, first served basis. While you should try to book vehicles early for holidays, especially when travelling during the peak holiday season, you may not be able to do so when you want to hire a relocation vehicle. However, by booking when they are available, you can enjoy your holiday and save money too.