There are many good people who feel somewhat intimidated when it comes to hiring a car. There seem to be so many differentials and hidden costs, and with so much selection available, it can sometimes be overwhelming. But the process doesn’t have to be that painful and being informed ahead of time will make things work much smoother.

Working it out

Perhaps the most noticeable thing to think about when hiring a car is the price. Most car rental agencies offer daily and weekly and some even monthly rates, depending upon a customer’s need and in some cases mileage can either be included or a separate charge. Some deals offer a set number of free kilometres, after which a kilometres fee is charged, so consider the kind of driving that you will be doing, and then try to calculate a rough number of kilometres that you will travel. Other easier going companies offer unlimited kilometres


When hiring a car, you may also consider the type of car you want to drive. Most agencies offer economy, compact, mid-sized, and luxury cars, and some even camper vans and motor homes. Rates will obviously vary depending on the ride that you select. Consider how you will be using the car. If you are hiring a car for a short trip, you can probably choose to hire a compact or economy vehicle to cut back on costs. Should you be going on a longer trip, however, you might just be more comfortable in that larger vehicle. Don’t forget though, that you may also be able to get an upgrade to a larger vehicle, if the car you want is not available.


There are other factors to think about when hiring a car. Often, an agency might have special deals that can include a whole range of fun tourist activities. If you’re looking to hire a car in Christchurch, use a reliable and affordable company you can trust. Don’t be afraid to contact them and ask or simply check them out online. Be sure to ask about a company’s gas fill-up policy as with some companies you have to return the car with a full tank or pay a substantial penalty. You should also check the company’s policy on damage and what insurance covers they provide.

Set to Go

Once you have done the research selected your options and reserved your vehicle, there are a few things to keep in mind when picking up your car. Don’t forget to bring the confirmation info from the transaction, your license, and credit card/cash. Once the paperwork has been completed, be sure to read the contract carefully.

Time for Take Off

Once you have signed it, you are then obligated to its terms. When you finally get your car, be sure to verify that the mileage matches what is printed on the contract and make sure to check that any damage is noted and pointed out to the company’s staff. In fact there are some people who will go so far as to take pictures or make a short video, showing how the vehicle was before it was taken out.