Budget Car Rental Review
Budget Car Rental offers value for money rental cars from compact cars, to large cars, trucks and 4WDs.
If you are travelling with children and you require a car or booster seat then these can be purchased after confirmation for $35.00 per rental plus GST.
Research shows that for a 15 day return to Auckland the cheapest Rental vehicle would cost you NZ$564.18 in winter and NZ$1,173.10 in summer which is quite expensive compared to other rentals like Jucy and Ace Rentals, especially in the summer, however it is cheaper than Avis and Thrifty. See the table for more a detailed comparison with four other top rental companies.
Budget has 43 branches throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
- Insurance Protection
- Special offer deals
- A NZ Wide network of branches
- Can make a reservation online
- You can change or cancel a reservation online at no extra charge
- Unlimited Kilometres
- Budget is very slow to respond if you leave them a query using the online form on their website.
- If you wish to travel from the North to the South Island you are not permitted to take your Budget rental vehicle on a ferry. You must purchase a Multi-Island Hire.
To drive a Budget vehicle you must be over 21 years and hold a full driver’s license for a minimum of 12 months. If you are aged between 21 -25 years, an under-age add-on will apply and will cost $25.00 NZD (plus GST) per day per driver.
There is no extra charge if there is more than one driver.
Basic car insurance is Included with an excess of NZ$2750.00 + GST. You can reduce excess by paying a daily premium of NZ$25 including GST, reducing the excess down to NZ$170.00 including GST for standard fleet. Optional insurance upgrades are also available. You can purchase a Budget Driver Protection Package which protects you from any loss or damage to the Budget vehicle plus it can reduce your standard excess by up to 90%.
Within New Zealand: 0800 283 438
Outside New Zealand: +64 9 529 7784