Everything You Need to Know About Returning a Rental Car
When you return your rental car in New Zealand there are a few things to keep in mind so that the process is quick and simple. We understand the importance of ensuring that your car rental experience is a positive one. This is why we have put together this article - so you know exactly what to do when you return your car. The key takeaway is that your rental car should be in the same condition it was in when you picked it up. This means that the car should be clean and the fuel tank should be full. Ensuring that your car is returned on time is also important as you may be charged additional fees for late returns.
When you return your rental car, make sure that the fuel tank is full. We recommend going to a petrol station that is close to the car rental depot. If the fuel tank is not full, you will be charged by the supplier the amount needed to fill it (which is at a higher rate). You may also have the option to prepay your fuel which means that when you pick up your car rental there with be fuel in the car you are able to use. In this instance, when you return your hire car, you won't need to refill it.
Out of Hours Returns
Out of hours returns is when the car depot either has no one present at the specific location or it is closed. When this is the case, there will be a box available for you to drop your keys off at. This makes the process easy because you don't need to wait for someone to show up or need someone to be there, you simply put your keys in the allocated box, which they will tell you the location off, and that's it!
Read more about out of hours returns.
When will my security bond be refunded?
After you return your rental car, the cars condition will be inspected to make sure everything is fine. If all is well with the car, your security bond will be refunded within 5-10 business days. Peak times may take close to 10 days where off peak times should be around the 5 day mark.
Read more about security bond refunds.
What additional charges will I need to pay when I return my hire car?
Any issues with the car resulting in the supplier needing to clean, fix or add fuel to the tank will require additional charges. To avoid this issue, always make sure that the vehicle is being returned in the same condition it was in when you picked it up. Keeping this in mind will help you to remember what to do so no extra charges are added.
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Returning your rental car late, will incur additional charges. You need to let the car supplier know if you will be returning late. Depending on the car supplier, there may be a grace period. This is a short period of time that you will have to return it if you are running late. The grace period varies between suppliers and if the car is returned after this period of time, you will be charged extra.