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VroomVroomVroom Compares Budget Vehicles


Budget has supplied vehicles to value-minded customers since 1958, with hire car centres across the globe, including more than 40 locations in New Zealand. If booking a Budget vehicle, you can score Frequent Flyer points, so make sure you enter your details when booking to claim these rewards.

If you have a query, or need assistance booking a Budget vehicle, contact us.

Why Book A Budget Vehicle?

  • Over 40 New Zealand locations, including major and regional airports.
  • Preferred partner of Air New Zealand.
  • Compact and standard cars, 4WDs, luxury vehicles, and people movers all available.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Budget

What cars does Budget have?

Budget offers compact cars, economy cars, intermediate cars, SUVs, wagons, and passenger vans. The available range of vehicles varies per location.

How can I pay for my car hire with Budget?

AMEX, Mastercard, Visa, and Diners Club credit cards are accepted for vehicle payments with Budget. You can also pay with a Visa or Mastercard debit card.

How much does Budget require for security bond and how long will it take to refund?

Both credit and debit card payments require a $200 security hold ($400 for commercial vehicles) in addition to the estimated total cost of the vehicle. You won’t have access to these funds until the rental period is completed.

What is the minimum age to hire a car from Budget in New Zealand?

Budget's minimum age requirement is generally 25. Some Budget locations may allow drivers between the ages of 21 and 24, but this will incur a young driver surcharge.

What type of driver licence does Budget accept?

To meet Budget’s licence requirements, you’ll need to present a valid driver licence in English. If your licence is printed in another language, you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Does a Budget hire car include insurance?

Yes. Basic cover is included in the rental quote, but if the vehicle is stolen, damaged, or a third-party loss occurs, you’ll have to pay up to the Rental Vehicle Excess amount listed in your Budget rental agreement.

Do I have to wash the vehicle before returning it to Budget?

No. Budget doesn’t require you to wash the hire car prior to drop-off, but it’s advised you return the vehicle in fair condition to avoid cleaning fees.

Do I need to refuel before returning the vehicle to Budget?

Yes. Return the hire car to Budget with a full tank of petrol to avoid extra charges.

Can I get discounts on Budget vehicles with VroomVroomVroom?

Unlike other comparison sites where you’re required to input discount codes upon booking, our rates on Budget vehicles already have applicable discounts applied, resulting in the sharpest available rates on every search.

Happy Customer Reviews
Rating: 4.9 / 5 based on 4047 reviews
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Romano S.
    Date: 12 Apr 2021
    Feedback: Very happy and friendly staff. Even upgraded our car without extra charge.
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Karen R.
    Date: 14 Feb 2021
    Feedback: Excellent service. Great to pick up keys and car at airport. My husband needs a wheel chair so it is great we don’t have to go far to get the car and return. The price is very good too. Thanks
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Date: 13 Feb 2021
    Feedback: Super easy and this is the best site out of searching so many!
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Date: 13 Feb 2021
    Feedback: Very easy web site to navigate
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Murray D.
    Date: 28 Jan 2021
    Feedback: easy
    Rating: 5/5 😀