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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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Can anyone help me get through the maze of what an actual "good deal"for a car rental is? I have looked at tons of sites and gotten quotes--all dependent on extras--insurance, road tax, extra driver, one way rental, airport fees etc etc.
I want to rent a simple, dependable 4 door small manual car for two, two week one way rentals first Christchurch to Auckland then Brisbane to Melbourne and in addition four days in Tasmania.
Any guidance to sorting out what will be cheapest and easist would be much appreciated.
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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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Good day ozma:

Nex January my wife and I will be renting a vehicle in Christchurch with drop off in Auckland.

After much searching, I chose Apex at [email protected] and am dealing with the manager, Mr. Tony Quinlivan.

I found that he was the only one who answered ALL my questions, does not require an advance deposit, does not charge for drop off to a different location and has a good price. He took into account my whole trip and did not ask to split the rental into two phases [higher cost] for the two islands. If I recall correctly, there was no charge for a second driver.

I provided my credit card as a guarantee that I would rent, not for advance payment [deposit]. I did this by telephone as I do not like to provide that personal data by internet.

I had the option of either taking the vehicle on the ferry or leaving one in Picton and picking up another in Wellington. No extra charges. However, you are responsible to pay your own ferry ticket either with the car or not. Tony offered to buy the ferry tickets if I wanted. Depending on when you travel, the ferry [for drive on] could be quite full.

My understanding of the insurance is that charges are for additional coverage involving the amount that the renter is responsible for. I believe that to be NZ$ 1000.00. I do not know where you are from, but in Canada, that would be the "deductible". Convert that to your own money and you can decide if you want it or not. However, check this for yourself to be sure you get it correct.

As we will be in Christchurch for a week, I elected to pick up the vehicle at their city office several days after our arrival. Airport pick up or drop of is not charged for. I intend to walk the central city a bit beforehand.

I have reserved a used vehicle as it is less costly and I hope to look less like a [target] tourist, not that I am afraid of New Zealand, just general principal.

I hope that the car I get has a few scratches on it so the ones that I put on it will have company.

I have rented three times in the past and all of those were used vehicles. I had no mechanical problems what ever.

Apex may have a branch in Australia, I do not know. Tony will be able to tell you. When we were in Australia, we flew from city to city as the distances are great. In the cities we did not want a vehicle.

Hope this is of help to you.

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Old Sep 28th, 2006, 04:04 AM
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Many Thanks Woodie--have gone ahead and rented from Apex for NZ leg and very much appreciated their up front costs, and 0% $10 a day any help with similar advice re one way Brisbane to Melbourne?

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Note that most if not all of the "majors" such as Hertz and Avis will NOT allow the car to go across on the ferry from Picton to Wellington. They all have a very easy drop off and pick up on both ends. It is very expensive to take the car and really no need as it is easy to drop luggage park car and walk back to Ferry Terminal. Pick up is as easy or easier than a major airport. You WILL have to make two separate reservations however.
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