When booking a rental car there are a multitude of websites to use. We would generally look at Atlaschoice.com which is a comparison site. Enter all your details and they list the cheapest car hire and then you can check out the reviews for the car hire company and go from there.
When picking up the car ask the attendant to enter in the address for the return in the Home icon. This will be helpful, especially if the return address is….wait for it…. underground in a newly built Main Train Terminal that doesn’t exist in the outdated GPS map supplied. (Exhausted? Us too!) Some companies are now offering portable Wi-Fi (at a cost per day) which we found incredibly helpful on the road, so if it is an option take it. Often the GPS will take you on a route it believes to be the fastest, but when you are in the ‘middle of nowhere’ that tiny dirt road is not necessarily where you want to go. There can be roadworks or road blockages, hence the benefit of Wi-Fi and Google Maps to help you re-route.
All car hire companies will offer an ‘option to reduce insurance excess’ should you be in the unfortunate situation that you need to stop and say, “oh F**k”. As an example a $2000 excess can be reduced to $400, if you pay $40 per day for this privilege. Be sure to read the T&C’s of your Travel Insurance, whether it be through your Credit Card or with a provider like Covermore, as we found out recently that certain travel insurance policies cover car accident excess, so you don’t need take out the ‘option to reduce insurance excess’. BAM! Cash saved!