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Thrifty

With over 1200 branches in over 60 countries worldwide, Thrifty is firmly established as one of the world’s leading car rental brands. First established in the United States in 1958, its worldwide headquarters are in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In New Zealand …we have been operating since 1986…The Thrifty franchise for New Zealand is owned by Thrifty Australia, a 100% subsidiary of the NRMA group, Australia’s largest motoring association with over $A1b in assets.

…provide one of the best fleets of vehicles for your driving pleasure…Our fleet of new vehicles are constantly being replaced so that the most up to date models are always available with only low kilometres. The average age of vehicles on our fleet is just 6 months. Our aim is to consistently offer your clients a late model, low mileage vehicle in tip-top order at exceptional value.

…across a nationwide network of airport and city locations…Currently in over 30 locations throughout New Zealand including all major airport terminals and city locations, we are always looking to expand into other areas as demand requires.

The New Zealand head office is in Christchurch and we operate over 20 airport and city depots throughout the country.  With an extensive range of the latest model top quality cars, minibuses, 4-wheel drives, sports and luxury cars, the fleet is one of the best and youngest available in New Zealand. An average vehicle age of just 6 months and Qualmark endorsed as a 'Superior' provider of visitor transport means you can travel with confidence when you rent with us.

Whether you’re traveling on business, for pleasure or any other reason, let us help you get on the road.  Our friendly staff will aim to make your vehicle rental experience as pleasant and hassle free as we can.



Thrifty Rental Terms for travel between 18-Sep-2018 and 31-Dec-2024

Rental Period

Rates are based on a minimum rental period of one day (24-hours from the time the rental starts). At Thrifty we allow a 59-minute grace period, after which an extra full day will be charged. On wholesale (inclusive tour voucher) rentals an extra full day will be charged.

Hours of Operation 

  • Auckland City is open from 0700-1800hrs 7-days a week.  

  • Christchurch City is open from 0800-1630hrs Mon-Fri and 0800-1200hrs Sat & Sun. 

  • All other city/downtown locations are generally open from 0800-1630hrs Mon-Fri and 0900-1200hrs Sat.  Vehicle pickups/deliveries outside of these hours are on request for these locations.   

  • Airport locations are open to meet reservations off all scheduled commercial flights.


Location Notes
Taupo & Gisborne Airports
Vehicle Pickup A uniformed Thrifty representative will be standing in the terminal with a name board to meet all pre-booked clients.
Vehicle Return Park vehicle in the designated Thrifty Car Parks. Complete the drop off details as noted on the Rental Agreement folder. It is important to record the time and date of drop off, odometer and fuel gauge reading.  Leave the completed Rental Agreement folder in the vehicle. The rental will be finalised and a copy of the completed agreement posted to you.

Taupo Airport - Place keys in the Key Drop Box inside the terminal by the Air NZ

Gisborne Airport – Return keys to the Air NZ counter upon check-in.

Whangarei
Dyer St & Airport - Mon to Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm. Sat 9.00am to 1.00pm for pick up and drop off. For after-hours drop offs please use the Drop Slot, front door City or Drop keys at Air NZ
Desk at the Airport.

Kerikeri, Waipapa & Kaitaia
Mon to Fri 8.00am to 4.30pm. Sat 9.00am to Noon for pick up and drop off. After hours Key Drop Box located at Entrance of airport and Signed Car Park. By prior arrangement only.

Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport comprises 2 terminals – Domestic and International. Thrifty has offices at both terminals.  Domestic – in the rental car area underneath the multi-level car park outside the terminal.  International – in the international arrivals hall.

Auckland City 
Vehicle returns outside of opening hours are to be returned to the BP Petrol Station at the bottom of Khyber Pass Road and the keys handed into the BP counter staff.

Wellington Ferry Terminal
Thrifty has a counter in the Interislander Ferry Terminal in Wellington, this branch also services city hires.

Picton Ferry Terminal
Thrifty has an office and dedicated car parking on the ferry wharf in Picton.  For reasons of staff safety, Thrifty will meet pre-booked clients arriving off all scheduled ferry services between the hours of 0800hrs and 1800hrs only. Reservations for pick-up outside these hours are on a ‘request’ basis only and an additional fee will apply.
 
Greymouth
There are no direct pickups from the Railway Station.  All vehicle pickups and returns are done at the Whall Street depot located in the centre of town beside McDonald's, a 2-minute
walk from the Station.

Hokitika
There is a Thrifty Desk inside the terminal but all pickups will be met. If the counter is not staffed upon vehicle return, place keys in the Thrifty DropBox.

Westport
All pickups will be met. Upon drop off, leave keys with the airport desk.
Airport / Ferry Terminal Service Charges (AFSC)
Rentals commencing at airports and inter-island ferry terminals are subject to a nominal Service Charge (AFSC).

Insurance
Comprehensive Motor Vehicle Insurance including third party and public liability is included in our rates.  An accident damage excess (ADE) does apply.  

Accident Damage Excess (ADE)
ADE applies to all rentals. This excess may be reduced (at the renter’s option) at the time of rental by purchasing Accident Excess Reduction (AER) or Total Protection Package (TPP).

Accident Excess Reduction (AER)

Vehicle Class

Damage Excess  

AER (per day)  

Reduced Excess  

ECAR to PCAR  

$3,450.00

$28.75

$345.00

IFAR to XVAR

$4,025.00

$34.50

$575.00


Total Protection Package (TPP)

Vehicle Class

Damage Excess

AER (per day)

Reduced Excess

ECAR to PCAR

$3,450.00

$34.50

nil

IFAR to XVAR

$4,025.00

$40.25

nil


The Premium Location charge which is charged separately is - $46.00.

*all the above prices include GST.

Important:
The renter will be fully liable for any damage to the Thrifty vehicle and any third party property if the terms and conditions of the rental agreement are breached.

Accident Excess Reduction (AER)
This excess may be reduced (at the renter ’s option)  at the time of rental by purchasing Accident Excess Reduction (AER).  The current rates are listed below and are inclusive of GST:

ECAR-FWAR IFAR-XVAR
Accident Excess Reduction (AER) $27/ day $27/ day
Reduced Excess (With AER)
Glass Excess (With AER) $270
NIL $337.5
NIL
Glass Cover Insurance (GCI) $5.62 $5.62
Reduced Glass Excess (With GCI) NIL NIL

Glass Cover Insurance (GCI)
The excess on glass only (windscreens, windows, headlights) may be reduced (at the renter’s option) to NIL at the time of rental by purchasing GCI.  GCI may be purchased alone or in conjunction with AER above.  Some AER options may include GCI.
(ADE and fuel bonds are refundable when the vehicle is returned upon completion of the hire, undamaged and full of fuel – refunds may take up to 10 working days to process)

Payment

Thrifty New Zealand welcomes payment by credit or debit cards. Thrifty accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club cards. The credit/charge card must be in the name of the authorised renter. Third party credit/charge cards are not accepted. Please note Thrifty will charge a transaction fee of 2% + GST for all amounts transacted on a credit card. Renters will be required to leave credit card details as a deposit. Thrifty will pre-authorise the credit card for NZD$250.00 as a security bond.


Vehicle Collection and Return
It is normally expected that clients will make their own way to the Thrifty depot to collect or return their vehicle. However. subject to staff availability at time of commencement or finalisation of rental, Thrifty will deliver free to hotels. motels, and offices within a ten-kilometre radius of the Thrifty location. This service is on a pre-booked request basis only between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday (Excluding public holidays). Delivers outside these hours must be pre-arranged and additional fees may apply.

Fuel
Fuel is not included in our rates.  Each vehicle is supplied with a full tank of fuel, which is refilled at the renter’s expense on return.  If the vehicle is not returned with a full tank, the renter will be charged for the fuel required to refill the tank at the prevailing rate applicable by Thrifty at the time.  All other fuel charges are for the responsibility of the renter.

24 Hour Emergency Breakdown Service
Whilst Thrifty vehicles are regularly maintained, unexpected breakdowns can occur.  Thrifty provides FREE Roadside Assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the New Zealand Automobile Association (NZAA).

One Way (Intercity rentals)
For even greater convenience and flexibility, one-way rentals are available on most vehicle groups between most Thrifty locations in the same island. Some restrictions may apply during peak periods. 
A minimum charge of 3 days applies to Intercity (one way) rental sectors.  If a client requests an inter-city rental or rental sector of less than 3 days, a 3-day charge will still apply. 
Additional fees may also apply for pick-up or drop-off destinations where Thrifty does not have a location. We would be happy to consider any request and quote accordingly on a case-by case basis. So if someone wants to collect a vehicle at Mt. Cook, check with us first before you say ‘No’!

NB: GST, ADE(insurance excess), AER(excess reduction), Airport / Ferry charges subject to change.
No remote location pick up/drop off fees.
Remote Pick up / Return Fees for Satellite Locations
Incl GST Pick up  Return Pick up & Return
Kaitaia NA $112.5 NA
Keri Keri $56.25 $56.25 $112.5
Taupo  $73.15 $73.15 $112.5
Hokitika $50.65 $50.65 $101.30
Westport $163.15 $163.15 $326.30

Good & Service Tax
Good and Services Tax (GST) is a government charge currently levied at 12.5%. We reservethe right to amend any rates quoted inclusive of GST or, where GST is to be added to charges made, should the rate of GST alter.

Sundry Rental Equipment
Any request for sundry rental equipment must be made at time of reservation.  The following items are available at the rates shown. (NB. When requesting a child seat of any description you must advise the child's age)
Ski Racks
Snow Chains
Baby Capsules(0-6months)
Child Seats(6 month - 3.5 Years)
Booster Seat (3.5 years)

All charges for sundry rental equipment are payable by the renter at the Thrifty counter and are subject to change.

Maps
Maps are available free of charge.  We have available for clients to choose from, maps for individual areas around NZ, AA guides to North & South Islands and a complete NZ travel and touring map.
 

Multi-Island Hire
If you’re travelling in both Islands of New Zealand with Thrifty, you are now able to make one booking for your entire journey.

Please note:  you will need to return your vehicle at the applicable ferry terminal in each island and then pick up another vehicle at no additional cost when you arrive off the ferry on the other Island.  The multi-island pick up / drop off is operating from Wellington Interislander Ferry Terminal and Picton Ferry Terminal locations.

To ensure Thrifty has a vehicle available for you after arriving off your ferry it is extremely important that Thrifty is aware of your crossing date and time. Please ensure this is provided to Thrifty by emailing your itinerary details and reservation number to reservations@thrifty.co.nz as soon as possible after you have booked your ferry crossing. Also, it is a good idea to reconfirm your crossing date with the Thrifty staff when you pick up your first vehicle.

Thrifty rental vehicle is not permitted on the ferry and an additional relocation penalty fee of $575 NZD may be charged if the vehicle is returned into the incorrect island.


Ferry Crossings between Islands
For reasons of staff safety, we will meet pre-booked clients arriving off scheduled ferry services between the hours of 0800 (8.00am) and 1800 (6.00pm) only. Reservations for pick-up outside these hours are on a ‘request’ basis only and an additional fee of $40 + GST ($45 including GST) may apply. This fee will be payable direct to Thrifty by the renter at the time of
collecting the vehicle.

Upgrades/Extension of Rental
Upgrades requested by the renter at the time of rental will be charged the difference between the vehicle group booked and the group provided based on locally applicable rates.  All upgrades are subject to availability.  Additional days not covered by the Tour Operator Voucher will be charged directly to the renter at locally applicable rates.  Downgrades requested by the renter at the time of rental will not be subject to a refund.

Restricted Roads
Driving any Thrifty vehicle on the following roads is prohibited and constitutes a breach of the rental agreement.  The renter would be fully liable for any damage to the Thrifty vehicle or Third party property occurring as a result:
North Island: Ninety-Mile Beach (Northland)
South Island: Skippers Canyon Road (Queenstown)

Rental Qualification
All intending drivers must present a valid full national driving licence, which has been held for at least one year.  A current International Driving Licence must accompany driving licences issued in a language other than English.

  • The minimum rental age is 21 years. 
  • There is an additional Young Drivers Surcharge of $75.00 per rental for drivers aged 21 - 24 years old at the time of pick up 
  • There is no maximum age for drivers providing they hold a full, valid drivers licence.
  • Additional drivers must be notified to Thrifty and listed on the rental agreement.

Additional Driver

When collecting the vehicle each driver must be listed on the Rental Agreement. Each must present their driver's licence at the time of collection. An additional surcharge of $11.50 per driver per rental applies. 


Rental Period 
Rates are based on a minimum rental period of one day (24-hours from the time the rental starts). At Thrifty we allow a 59-minute grace period, after which an extra full day will be charged. 

Vouchers
NOTE:  Unless arranged at the time of booking, only the pre-paid daily amount can be collected.  All other charges, are to be paid direct by the client on credit card or cash.  This includes but is not limited to one-way charges, fuel, child seats, ski racks, airport and ferry terminal surcharge, Accident Excess Reduction (AER).

Payment
Thrifty New Zealand will collect the total value of the hire and all sundry charges from your client upon vehicle pickup.
The payment is to be made by internationally recognised credit card or cash.  Thrifty accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club cards.  The credit/charge card must be in the name of the authorised renter. Third party credit/charge cards are not acceptable. Renters will be required to leave credit card details as a deposit.  Renters with no credit card will be required to leave a deposit (cash or traveller's cheques are acceptable) equivalent to the estimated value of any charges (including applicable Accident Damage Excess – reduced or full), plus a further NZ$100.00.

At the conclusion of the rental, any additional charges payable by the renter will be calculated and detailed on the rental agreement, together with any balance to be collected or refunded. Where a cash deposit was taken, and a refund is due to the client, Thrifty will endeavour to refund the appropriate amount to the client at the time of finalisation. Should there be insufficient
cash on hand at the time, Thrifty shall arrange for the refund to be made by bank draft in local
currency within approximately 15 days.

Refund Policy
Once the rental has commenced, returning vehicles early, reducing the number of days or voluntarily downgrading the vehicle type will not be eligible to receive a refund on any unused portion of their voucher from their agent. 

Cancellation / No Show Fee

In the event any booking is cancelled within 72 hours, initial deposit is non refundable.

In addition, if the booking is cancelled within 48 hours prior to scheduled pickup or if a
booking is not cancelled and the customer does not pick up the vehicle (no-show), a extra
cancellation fee equivalent to the first days rental charges will apply (as calculated should
the rental have taken place), applicable to SUVs, minivan and specialty vehicles (IFAR-XVAR).

Where a vehicle is returned early, reservations will not be eligible for a refund for the unused days. In the case of a no-show for the pre-arranged time, the vehicle will be held for a maximum of four hours from the original time.

 

Frequent Flyer Programmes
Broker bookings are eligible for frequent flyer points.  Customers are eligible to earn points on their rental in any frequent flyer programme that Thrifty participates in.

 

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.


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Thrifty Insurance

Insurance
Comprehensive Motor Vehicle Insurance including third party and public liability is included in our rates.  An accident damage excess (ADE) does apply.  

Accident Damage Excess (ADE)
ADE applies to all rentals. This excess may be reduced (at the renter’s option) at the time of rental by purchasing Accident Excess Reduction (AER) or Total Protection Package (TPP).

Accident Excess Reduction (AER)
Vehicle Class Damage Excess AER (per day) Reduced Excess
ECAR to PCAR $3,450.00 $28.75 $345.00
IFAR to XVAR $4,025.00 $34.50 $575.00

Total Protection Package (TPP)
Vehicle Class Damage Excess AER (per day) Reduced Excess
ECAR to PCAR $3,450.00 $34.50 nil
IFAR to XVAR $4,025.00 $40.25 nil

The Premium Location charge which is charged separately is - $46.00.

*all the above prices include GST.