Not all campervan hire companies will quote you all inclusive prices. Here’s a short list of questions to ask to be sure you’re given the REAL price when asking for a quote.
1. Do You get Unlimited Kilometres?
Some car and campervan hire companies will give you a fixed amount of kilometres free, but once that limit is reached, you pay for every additional kilometre you travel. In a country the size of Australia, this can quickly add up. Traveling along the east coast from Cairns to Sydney, for example, is 2,640 km. That’s almost like driving from Paris to Istanbul (2, 730 km). Get unlimited kilometres.
2. Are Your Road Tolls Covered?
Unpaid road tolls turn into hefty fines, but working out where road tolls are, how much they cost, and how to pay them is a nightmare. Some campervan companies fit their vehicles with a road toll token so that your road tolls are automatically paid as you drive through the toll point. That means you never have to worry about tolls. Ask about road tolls to make sure yours are covered.
3. Do You Get Access to 24 hour Roadside Assistance?
You’ve packed the camper van and you’re winding through the countryside singing happy camper songs, excited about the adventures that lie ahead of you. Suddenly the engine coughs, steam billows across the windscreen and there is an ominous hissing sound. The problem is you’re miles from the nearest town and it’s after five. This would be a tragedy if you didn’t have free access to 24 hour roadside assistance. For peace of mind, make sure you have it and that it is included in the quote.
4. Are Extra Drivers Included?
Driving is more fun when it’s shared. Some car and campervan rental companies charge a fee for every additional driver you put on the contract. Make sure all the licensed adults in your group are included in the price.
5. Is Insurance Included?
How often have you compared prices only to find out when you pick up the vehicle that insurance wasn’t included? And – surprise, surprise – the insurance is going to be more than the vehicle rental price. Make sure insurance is included in the price, and how much excess is, so that you can make an accurate comparison.
6. Can You Pick Up and Drop Off at Different Locations?
This is your grand adventure and you want to see as much as you can. Perhaps the best way to do this is a one way trip. Find out if the campervan hire company has locations in the places you wish to start and end your journey. There will be a fee for dropping of and picking up in different locations. Ask how much this is.
With these questions answered to your satisfaction, all you need do is sit back and enjoy the journey of a lifetime.
- For campervan hire that includes unlimited kms, insurance, toll fees, 24 hour roadside assistance, and extra drivers, plus advice on Australian road trips, try Camperman Australia. They also have a UK website.
- A map of Australia’s best campsites
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