Have you ever been put off renting a car because the terms and conditions are just too confusing or convoluted?

At Thrifty, we value a straight-forward approach and have made the checklist of what you need to rent a car from us simple and understandable.

We’ve broken these down in our frequently asked questions section, and you’ll find more info on car rental in our terms and conditions – but to save you time, let’s take you through the basics of car hire requirements here, too.

What are the car rental age requirements in Australia? 

At Thrifty we rent cars, as well as selected commercial vehicles able to be driven on a standard licence, to those who are 21 and over. For those who are aged between 21 and 24 (inclusive), we do charge an age surcharge of $27.50 per day on top of your rental fee, and the vehicles you can rent are limited to our standard range.

What driver’s licence do I need to rent a car?

In terms of car rental licence requirements, we recognise all current Australian and overseas licences – as long as they are not provisional or probationary. Note that your licence cannot be expired.

Accepted driver’s licenses must be in English with a photo and must be produced at the commencement of the rental. Should the valid driver’s licence be in another language or have no photo, Thrifty will accept a certified translation in English or an international driver’s permit.

If you aren’t sure, reach out to the Thrifty location near you for clarification and to check if your driver’s licence is valid for car rental.

Is there a limit to how long I can rent a Thrifty vehicle for?

The minimum rental period for our range is 24 hours – which gives you, at the least, an entire day of zipping around in one of our awesome vehicles.

At Thrifty, our car rental requirements don’t include a maximum limit on how long you can hire a car for. In fact, we offer long-term car rental discounts. If you think you’ll need a rental car for more than 30 days, give us a call on 1300 367 227 so that we can provide you with a longer-term rental rate.

Do I need to pay a security deposit for my hire car?

Thrifty asks for a security deposit (bond) when you arrive to collect your car hire as one of our rental requirements. This amount will vary depending on the rental vehicle type, how you are paying and where you are collecting your rental car. This amount could be anywhere from $200 to $1,100 depending on the above circumstances, so it’s wise to plan ahead.

Do I need car insurance before renting a vehicle from Thrifty?

Some credit card and travel insurance policies don’t cover car rental, so it’s worth investigating Thrifty’s protection options.

All bookings at Thrifty include Standard Protection, such as Third Party Cover. However, it’s important to bear in mind that only the authorised drivers listed on the rental agreement are allowed to drive your Thrifty rental vehicle. For extra drivers, there is an additional driver charge ($5.50 per driver per rental day), which ensures you’re covered if that other person takes a turn at the wheel.

Thrifty offers varying levels of protection upon booking. Our Ultimate Protection and Premium Protection options mean that, in the event of an accident, the Damage Recovery Fee charged will be reduced or waived.

If you have more questions regarding your protection options, read our terms and conditions thoroughly. Alternatively, it’s always a safe bet to contact us directly for a chat.

How do I pay when picking up my hire car?

When you are picking up your hire vehicle, we make it easy to pay with all major credit cards, and some locations also accept debit card payment.

Credit card charges do apply, so check with your local Thrifty representative. Unfortunately, Thrifty doesn’t accept cash payment at any of our numerous locations.

In short, you’ll need to tick these boxes to rent a car in Australia:

  • You must be 21 years or older.
  • You must have a valid driver’s licence, either Australian or international.
  • You must pay a damage deposit when you pick up the vehicle.
  • You must consider your insurance and protection options.
  • You must have a credit card to pay for your rental at pick up.

21 or over? Check. Licence? Check. Deposit? Check. Additional protection? Check. Approved payment method on hand? Check. Congratulations! You meet all the Thrifty car rental requirements and are ready to drive away in your snazzy Thrifty hire car, ute or truck.

Happy driving!