Save money with a rental car relocation

Rental car relocation, also known as a one-way car rental, is a service provided by car rental companies that allows customers to deliver a vehicle at a discounted rate to a different depot.

What is a rental relocation?

A rental relocation refers to the process of moving a rental car from one location to another. This typically happens when a customer drops off a rental car at a branch that is different from the one they will be picking up their next rental from. Rather than having to send an employee to drive the car to the correct location, rental car companies will offer a discounted rate to customers (and sometimes petrol allowance) who agree to relocate the car for them. However, there is often a deadline for when the car must be delivered, which can limit the amount of time for sightseeing along the way. This can be a cost-effective option for both the rental car company and the customer.

What are the pros and cons of a relocation?

Most relocations are from popular tourist destinations back to a large city with an international airport, so you will need to be very flexible with your travel plans. The rental car company will either assign you a car to relocate based on demand and supply, or only have a limited choice of cars for you to relocate, so you may not have much control over the type of vehicle you end up with. This could range from a small car to a large truck or even a campervan, depending on the company's inventory and demand. Finally, it is important to return the car on time, as late fees can be steep and add up quickly. Be sure to factor in enough time for unexpected delays, construction, road closures because of bad weather or detours along the way to ensure you can return the car within the specified timeframe.

Who can get a relocation?

Rental relocations are generally available to anyone who holds a valid driver's license and is legally able to drive a car. This can include couples, friends, families, students, backpackers, business people, and seniors. However, it's important to note that the minimum age requirement for rental relocations can vary depending on the company and their insurance policies. Some companies may allow drivers as young as 18 years old, while others may only allow drivers over the age of 25 due to insurance reasons. Additionally, all drivers must have a valid driver's license that is recognized by the rental car company. It's important to check the specific requirements and policies of the company you are considering before making a reservation for a rental relocation.

How can you find a relocation?

Check the website of your nearest rental car company: Many rental car companies have a section on their website dedicated to relocation deals. Look for "relocations" or "deals" and search for available options.

  • Europe: Some popular rental car companies in Europe that offer relocation deals include Europcar, Avis, Hertz, and Sixt. Check their websites or contact their customer service for more information.

  • North America: Rental car companies in America that offer relocation deals include Enterprise, Budget, Alamo, and National Car Rental. Again, check their websites or contact customer service for more information.

  • Australia/NZ: Popular rental car companies in Australia and New Zealand that offer relocation deals include JUCY, Apollo Motorhome Holidays, and Britz. Check their websites or contact customer service for more information.

Tips for the road

  • Travel with a friend: Post your lift to find other travellers. Sharing the driving responsibilities can help reduce fatigue and make the journey more enjoyable. Plus, you can split the cost of gas and any tolls.

  • Stock up on food and drinks: Bring along a cooler or chilly bin and stock up on food and drinks before leaving the city, as options along the motorway can be expensive and limited. Just make sure to only buy what you need, as perishable items like vegetables, meat, or bread can spoil within a few days if not properly refrigerated.

  • Keep the car clean: To avoid being charged a cleaning fee when returning the car, avoid eating inside the car and make sure to clean up any messes or spills immediately.

  • Check for detours or delays: Use Google Maps or other online resources to check for any detours, construction, or delays along your route. Be sure to factor in extra time for unexpected delays, so you can return the car within the specified timeframe.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable rental relocation experience.