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An Expat’s Guide to Car Rental in Sydney

An Expat’s Guide to Car Rental in Sydney
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Returning to Australia when you have been working overseas for an extended period of time can be overwhelming. The city will most probably have changed a great deal since you last lived in Sydney, with new roads, one way systems and lots more traffic.

One of the easiest fixes is to organise a car rental in Sydney, for those first few weeks when you are trying to find accommodation and setting yourself up again.

So if you are an expat and you are looking for car rental in Sydney Airport or Sydney CBD, here are a few tips to make the whole process run smoothly.

Driving licenses, age limits and insurances for car rental in Sydney

Driving licenses: All drivers will need a full current license, not a probationary license and a license with no restrictions. If you license is not in English, you will need a certified translation or an international driving license. This applies to all nominated drivers of the rental car.

Age limits: To hire a car you need to be at least 21 years of age, but be aware that most advertised rental rates are for drivers over 25 years of age. This means that you will need to pay a surcharge if you are under 25 years of age, so read the fine print on the rental agreement before you make your final decision.

Excess Insurance: If you pay with a credit card, many of these will also include excess insurance cover, but check with your credit card company to make sure. This is not compulsory insurance, but helps if you do have an incident on the road.

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Tips on hiring the right car

  • If you are zooming around the city looking for an apartment and need to find parking spaces, then a small 4 cylinder car rental in Sydney will be much better than hiring taxis or waiting for public transport.
  • If you have young children, make sure to ask the rental company about including safety seats in your hire, as these are mandatory for children in Australia.
  • Another tip is to make sure that your car rental in Sydney includes a GPS, as this will be a huge benefit to you in Sydney.
  • Setting up a new home can be expensive, so the last thing you want is to pay additional costs for delivery of household items or furniture. So consider hiring a small truck, particularly if you buy from places like Gumtree, because delivery is usually not available as you are buying from regular people, not a business.
  • The vast majority of car rentals in Sydney do not allow you to tow a trailer, so this is another reason why hiring a small truck might be a good option.

With these few tips, car rental in Sydney should be stress free and your first few weeks should go off without a hitch.

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Lauren

Hi, I’m Lauren, and I LOVE being an expat in Sydney but am fed up with all the misinformed and useless expat guides out there, not only giving bad advice but also charging for it! So I created Sydney Moving Guide written by expats, for expats. Click here to read my story.