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Budget

Budget is renowned for meticulously maintained vehicles and quality service. We offer a wide range of cars, 4WDs and minibuses as well as Australia’s largest fleet of trucks and commercial vehicles. Our fleet is constantly being updated to ensure you enjoy the best in comfort and safety. Budget also offers the convenience of over 240 locations Australia wide, so you are never far from a pick up point or friendly advice.

We offer not just great rates but a variety of additional services to provide you with added value each time you rent from Budget. Budget also participates in the Qantas Frequent Flyer & FlyBuys program which means you can earn points when you rent with Budget.



Budget Rental Terms

The terms and conditions for this period are currently unavailable. If your travel dates fall within these terms, please contact us as new terms may apply which affect the cost of your rental.

Terms of booking on this website

Information disclaimer
The rates on this website are often heavily discounted. This is due to our negotiated rates and bulk buying power. On very rare occasions, a rate may be displayed incorrectly due to our, or a vehicle supplier's error. In such a case, if you book with us at a quoted rate that is incorrect, we will notify you of any price change and give you the option to proceed or cancel. We make every effort to keep information on our site up to date, but we cannot guarantee this website is free of errors or omissions and retain the right to update or change the information published at any time.

Liability
To the extent permitted by law we/the owners of this website will not be liable to you or to any third party (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including but not limited to any accident, injury, delay or loss of enjoyment) arising out of your reliance upon information contained on this website, including but not limited to your use (or inability to use) any products or services described or procured through this website.

When you pick up your vehicle, you will be required to sign a rental agreement with the supplier of the vehicle. Your rental and use of the vehicle will be governed by the terms of the rental agreement and any other documentation or information provided to you by the supplier at the time you pick up your vehicle. The rental agreement is between you and the supplier and we will not be liable to you or to any third party in relation to the terms of the supplier's rental agreement or any other documentation provided to you by the supplier at the time of pick up.

While we will make reasonable efforts to ensure we are representing only reputable suppliers, we make no warranty about the fitness or suitability of any third party (supplier) product or service and will not accept responsibility for the quality or fitness of any vehicle. We welcome feedback from our customers on their experience with our suppliers. We may, at our discretion, provide you with reasonable assistance in resolving any dispute you may have with a supplier.

Our total liability to you in relation to your use of this website and the information contained on this website will not exceed the dollar amount of the deposit we have received from you in relation to your booking/rental. Refunds will not be made for bookings cancelled due to inclement weather. Again, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance. Your use of this website is governed by the laws of New Zealand and the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.

Booking information
To make a booking you must complete our booking form which is easy to follow and secured with the latest encryption technology. Once we receive your form, we will, subject to availability, confirm your booking by emailing you a confirmation voucher and invoice.

If you are booking via phone, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions of the vehicle you wish to rent first. Our reservations consultant will ask you if you have read the terms and agree to them before proceeding. The onus is always on the renter to ensure they make themselves fully aware of the terms displayed on our website.

Information disclosure
In booking on this website you acknowledge that we disclose your information to your selected Supplier in order to provide the requested rental services.

Vehicle capacity and fitness to drive
Under no circumstances are you permitted to carry more passengers than the vehicle you rent is legally registered to carry, and if you do your insurance may be invalidated. The number of seatbelts (and passengers) is indicated next to each vehicle on this website. Luggage capacity where shown is an indication only and we will not be responsible should you be unable to fit your entire luggage into a vehicle. It is your responsibility to choose a journey that is within your capabilities. A vehicle supplier can refuse to rent a vehicle to any person who is in their opinion unfit to drive or does not meet eligibility requirements. In such circumstances we will have no further liability to you.

Refund Policy
In the event of cancellation, any deposit amounts paid at the time of booking are non-refundable. 

Disputes
If you are unsatisfied with our service, please contact us within 48 hours of placing your booking or request and we will work to resolve any issues and determine if compensation is due. In the event you have completed your rental and are unhappy with your vehicle, we are happy to assist you in seeking compensation from the operator of the vehicle.


This website is owned and operated by Online Republic Ltd. Our financial centre and marketing office is based at Level 4 Excelsior House, 6 Commerce St , Auckland, New Zealand. In Australia, we are based at Suite 3.01, 11 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004. Thank you for booking with us.


Budget Rental Terms for travel between 21-Nov-2014 and 31-Dec-2019

The terms and conditions for this period are currently unavailable. If your travel dates fall within these terms, please contact us as new terms may apply which affect the cost of your rental.

Terms of booking on this website

Information disclaimer
The rates on this website are often heavily discounted. This is due to our negotiated rates and bulk buying power. On very rare occasions, a rate may be displayed incorrectly due to our, or a vehicle supplier's error. In such a case, if you book with us at a quoted rate that is incorrect, we will notify you of any price change and give you the option to proceed or cancel. We make every effort to keep information on our site up to date, but we cannot guarantee this website is free of errors or omissions and retain the right to update or change the information published at any time.

Liability
To the extent permitted by law we/the owners of this website will not be liable to you or to any third party (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage (including but not limited to any accident, injury, delay or loss of enjoyment) arising out of your reliance upon information contained on this website, including but not limited to your use (or inability to use) any products or services described or procured through this website.

When you pick up your vehicle, you will be required to sign a rental agreement with the supplier of the vehicle. Your rental and use of the vehicle will be governed by the terms of the rental agreement and any other documentation or information provided to you by the supplier at the time you pick up your vehicle. The rental agreement is between you and the supplier and we will not be liable to you or to any third party in relation to the terms of the supplier's rental agreement or any other documentation provided to you by the supplier at the time of pick up.

While we will make reasonable efforts to ensure we are representing only reputable suppliers, we make no warranty about the fitness or suitability of any third party (supplier) product or service and will not accept responsibility for the quality or fitness of any vehicle. We welcome feedback from our customers on their experience with our suppliers. We may, at our discretion, provide you with reasonable assistance in resolving any dispute you may have with a supplier.

Our total liability to you in relation to your use of this website and the information contained on this website will not exceed the dollar amount of the deposit we have received from you in relation to your booking/rental. Refunds will not be made for bookings cancelled due to inclement weather. Again, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance. Your use of this website is governed by the laws of New Zealand and the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.

Booking information
To make a booking you must complete our booking form which is easy to follow and secured with the latest encryption technology. Once we receive your form, we will, subject to availability, confirm your booking by emailing you a confirmation voucher and invoice.

If you are booking via phone, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions of the vehicle you wish to rent first. Our reservations consultant will ask you if you have read the terms and agree to them before proceeding. The onus is always on the renter to ensure they make themselves fully aware of the terms displayed on our website.

Information disclosure
In booking on this website you acknowledge that we disclose your information to your selected Supplier in order to provide the requested rental services.

Vehicle capacity and fitness to drive
Under no circumstances are you permitted to carry more passengers than the vehicle you rent is legally registered to carry, and if you do your insurance may be invalidated. The number of seatbelts (and passengers) is indicated next to each vehicle on this website. Luggage capacity where shown is an indication only and we will not be responsible should you be unable to fit your entire luggage into a vehicle. It is your responsibility to choose a journey that is within your capabilities. A vehicle supplier can refuse to rent a vehicle to any person who is in their opinion unfit to drive or does not meet eligibility requirements. In such circumstances we will have no further liability to you.

Refund Policy
In the event of cancellation, any deposit amounts paid at the time of booking are non-refundable. 

Disputes
If you are unsatisfied with our service, please contact us within 48 hours of placing your booking or request and we will work to resolve any issues and determine if compensation is due. In the event you have completed your rental and are unhappy with your vehicle, we are happy to assist you in seeking compensation from the operator of the vehicle.


This website is owned and operated by Online Republic Ltd. Our financial centre and marketing office is based at Level 4 Excelsior House, 6 Commerce St , Auckland, New Zealand. In Australia, we are based at Suite 3.01, 11 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004. Thank you for booking with us.


Budget Insurance

Budget Renters' financial liability is limited
Provided you comply with the terms of the Budget rental agreement your financial liability for loss and/or damage to either the Budget vehicle and/or third party property is limited to a pre-determined amount. There are only three exemption events for which the renter must take total financial responsibility. These events are detailed under the Exempted Events heading below.

The liability (called an excess) varies depending on the category of vehicle and the age of the driver. The standard excess is a substantial amount but is still a small proportion of the value of the Budget vehicle. Your standard excess amount will be advised to you at the time of rental and will be shown on your rental agreement.

Excess Reduction package
Excess Reduction provides the most comprehensive rental protection package you will ever buy. Provided you comply with the terms of the Budget rental agreement. Excess Reduction ensures that for any particular loss or damage to the Budget vehicle or third party property you will not have a liability greater than the reduced excess even if the damage was caused by your mistake. This is genuine no fault protection.

Please note: The optional Excess Reduction is paid at the counter at the time of the pick up of your vehicle.

There are only three exempted events which Excess Reduction will not cover and you must take total financial responsibility. These events are detailed under the Exempted Events heading below.
Unlike most excess reduction plans, Excess Reduction provides sensible law abiding drivers with complete protection. The table below illustrates the high level of protection coverage provided by Excess Reduction versus the limited coverage provided by most other rental companies.

Are You Protected? What Is Your Maximum Liability?
Type of Incident Excess Reduction Other Rental Companies Excess Reduction Other Rental Companies
Single vehicle accident Yes No $330 Total value of vehicle
Windscreen damage Yes No Cost of replacement up to $330 Full value of windscreen
Driving on unsealed roads Yes No $330 Value of vehicle & third party property
Tyre damage Yes No Cost of replacement up to $330 Unlimited
Collision with animals Yes No $330 Total value of vehicle
Theft of vehicle Yes VARIES $330 Up to $550
Destruction of vehicle by fire Yes VARIES $330 Up to $550
Collision with other vehicle Yes VARIES $330 Up to $550


Note: Applies to cars (excluding 4WD or speciality - see table below) and people-movers with drivers 25+ years of age.

*Your liability is limited to the actual repair or replacement cost of the damaged item, normally for passenger vehicles this is substantially less than $250.
 

Vehicle Category & Renter's Age Standard Excess Cost Metro/Country Cost Remote Maximum Liability
Cars/Buses (up to 8 seater) driven with a standard car license
Driver 25 years + $2846.25 Daily - $25.88
28 Days + $6.83 per day
Daily - $27.95
Days + $9.11 per day
 
 $341.55

Drivers under 25 limited to vehicle groups X, A, B & C

Above Excess Reduction including GST.
Underage drivers : refer POL037

Excess Reduction is optional

Excess Reduction is not an insurance but optional coverage which for a small fee reduces your standard excess liability. Unlike most other excess reduction plans Excess Reduction is simple - almost fully comprehensive and real value for money.
In Australia, reduces the excess in most cases from $2,846.25 to $341.55 for cars and minibuses (Up to 8 seater). Reduces the excess in most cases from $5,692.50 to $1,138.50 for 4WD’s and speciality vehicles. Varies by age of renter, location, type of vehicle and rate. Note: ER does not cover certain loss or damage and cannot be waived in full.
Subject to Budget Terms and Conditions of the rental agreement.

Travel insurance
We strongly recommend that clients ensure they take out the highest level of travel insurance. In many cases this will cover any losses incurred if you are forced to cancel your booking.

Longer term renters really benefit
For longer term renters, from a week to two months, Excess Reduction; is especially advantageous because the longer the rental period the lower the daily cost.
With lesser quality coverage plans the cost of reducing the excess can be prohibitive which unfairly exposes longer term renters. But not any more. Excess Reduction; becomes cheaper per day the longer you rent - up to 50% less per day for rentals over three weeks.

Exempted Events - exclusions to coverage

There are three categories of damage and/or loss for which the renter must take full financial responsibility. Excess Reduction; does not cover these events and neither does the standard excess. For attentive, careful drivers using the Budget vehicle sensibly and legally these events are most unlikely to occur.

1. Overhead damage

Overhead damage to the roof of a passenger vehicle or damage to the roof and/or sides of the van body or tray of a commercial vehicle. Inattention to overhead projections, bridges and similar are the main causes of this type of damage.
Boom gates in car parks and at hotels can seriously damage cars and drivers unused to the height of people-movers should take extra care.

2. Water damage
Budget vehicles are not to be driven through floods, creeks or rivers or used where water damage is likely to occur. Driving through any flood or water-course can be extremely dangerous to you personally and will almost always result in substantial damage to the vehicle. Convertibles should not be left with the top down.

3. Underbody damage

Underbody damage occurring to exhaust systems, suspension and body/chassis components can be caused by carelessly driving over gutters or kerbs or travelling along poor quality roads at excessive speed. No Budget vehicle may be driven on off-road areas such as paddocks, fields, tracks, trails or roads above the snowline.
Irrespective of how overhead, water or underbody damage or loss is caused, it is the renter's full financial responsibility.