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Tips for Car Rental Gold Coast Airport
There are two main options for car rentals on arrival at the Coolangatta Gold Coast Airport:
The biggest question about hiring a car at Coolangatta Airport on the Gold Coast is:
Should I use the on airport hire cars or the off airport rental car companies?
If you read on, you will find pros and cons for each and can then make your own mind up.
Airport car hire is certainly very convenient.
The car hire companies at Coolangatta Airport are right by the baggage claim for domestic passengers and a short walk for international passengers.
Generally, the rental car companies at the Gold Coast Airport are the big ones that can afford airport rents.
Of course those costs are passed on to you in the form of an airport surcharge!
For car rentals at any airport you trade convenience with cost.
Some considerations are:
For example, hiring a car can almost pay for itself just in the airport transfers if you are a family. If your accommodation is not close to public transport or is a little out of the way and you need to drive to get anywhere, then a car is almost essential.
If, on the other hand, you are on a tight budget and travelling by yourself then hiring a car probably doesn't make that much sense. There are other transport options you can consider. Or you can consider one of the cheaper car rental options such as looking at the off airport hire car companies or car rentals in Surfers Paradise for the days you plan to use a car.
When I am on holiday with my family, I don't like to mess around with cheap older cars or getting transferred off the airport to pick up a hire car.
I want to enjoy my holiday not sit in a car waiting for roadside assistance!
On the one hand I like to know I am getting a certain standard. I also like to think I am not going to pay over the top for a hire car either.
Hiring directly at the airport is always a bit of a compromise. But it is essential that you book ahead.
You may not get any car, if you just turn up expecting one at the airport. It just doesn't happen.
There are six main on airport car agencies:
I usually try to compare the prices and offerings of Avis, Budget Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty as I know what standard I will get. I use a car hire comparison tool as I find it the best way to see the different options all on the one page.
This comparison saves you time and money. I highly recommend it.
Comparison tools do not compare all the options... Just the majors
You will still need to look up prices for Redspot or East Coast Car Rentals.
Redspot is an Australian company founded in Sydney and which has expanded Australia wide. I see their cars around the coast quite a bit and I like what I see. They seem to have a good balance between quality and competitive price.
Redspot have an option for full insurance and nothing to pay if you have a bingle in their cars whilst hiring them, so no nasty excesses! You pay upfront for peace of mind!
Here are some of the car rental companies close to Coolangatta and the airport:
Rental car companies located near to the airport will arrange a shuttle or pick up service to their location to secure your business.
Make sure you are fully aware of any airport transfer fees - some say they will pick you up for free but then call it an airport surcharge. You will sometimes have the choice of new cars or cheaper older cars.
These companies often don't rotate out their new cars as fast as the bigger more expensive companies, so if that worries you stick with the big guys!
I used to always pay for the extra insurance and peace of mind when renting a car whilst on holiday. However, I discovered that my travel insurance covered the excesses on my car hire! This saved me so much money, I won't be travelling without travel insurance from now on - it is so worth it! So check your Travel Insurance Policy to see if you are covered.
Don't want to drive yourself?
If you don't want to drive whilst here on holiday there are many other transport options, including buses, shuttles, tours, limousines and helicopters to name a few!