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Budget is renowned for meticulously maintained vehicles and quality service. We offer a wide range of cars, 4WDs and minibuses as well as Australia’s largest fleet of trucks and commercial vehicles. Our fleet is constantly being updated to ensure you enjoy the best in comfort and safety. Budget also offers the convenience of over 240 locations Australia wide, so you are never far from a pick up point or friendly advice.

We offer not just great rates but a variety of additional services to provide you with added value each time you rent from Budget. Budget also participates in the Qantas Frequent Flyer & FlyBuys program which means you can earn points when you rent with Budget.

There are currently no terms and conditions for travel during this period. If your rental is during these travel dates, new terms and conditions may apply. Please contact us before booking.

Budget Insurance

Budget Renters' financial liability is limited
Provided you comply with the terms of the Budget rental agreement your financial liability for loss and/or damage to either the Budget vehicle and/or third party property is limited to a pre-determined amount. There are only three exemption events for which the renter must take total financial responsibility. These events are detailed under the Exempted Events heading below.

The liability (called an excess) varies depending on the category of vehicle and the age of the driver. The standard excess is a substantial amount but is still a small proportion of the value of the Budget vehicle. Your standard excess amount will be advised to you at the time of rental and will be shown on your rental agreement.

Excess Reduction package
Excess Reduction provides the most comprehensive rental protection package you will ever buy. Provided you comply with the terms of the Budget rental agreement. Excess Reduction ensures that for any particular loss or damage to the Budget vehicle or third party property you will not have a liability greater than the reduced excess even if the damage was caused by your mistake. This is genuine no fault protection.

Please note: The optional Excess Reduction is paid at the counter at the time of the pick up of your vehicle.

There are only three exempted events which Excess Reduction will not cover and you must take total financial responsibility. These events are detailed under the Exempted Events heading below.
Unlike most excess reduction plans, Excess Reduction provides sensible law abiding drivers with complete protection. The table below illustrates the high level of protection coverage provided by Excess Reduction versus the limited coverage provided by most other rental companies.

Are You Protected? What Is Your Maximum Liability?
Type of Incident Excess Reduction Other Rental Companies Excess Reduction Other Rental Companies
Single vehicle accident Yes No $330 Total value of vehicle
Windscreen damage Yes No Cost of replacement up to $330 Full value of windscreen
Driving on unsealed roads Yes No $330 Value of vehicle & third party property
Tyre damage Yes No Cost of replacement up to $330 Unlimited
Collision with animals Yes No $330 Total value of vehicle
Theft of vehicle Yes VARIES $330 Up to $550
Destruction of vehicle by fire Yes VARIES $330 Up to $550
Collision with other vehicle Yes VARIES $330 Up to $550

Note: Applies to cars (excluding 4WD or speciality - see table below) and people-movers with drivers 25+ years of age.

*Your liability is limited to the actual repair or replacement cost of the damaged item, normally for passenger vehicles this is substantially less than $250.

Vehicle Category & Renter's Age Standard Excess Cost Metro/Country Cost Remote Maximum Liability
Cars/Buses (up to 8 seater) driven with a standard car license
Driver 25 years + $2846.25 Daily - $25.88
28 Days + $6.83 per day
Daily - $27.95
Days + $9.11 per day

Drivers under 25 limited to vehicle groups X, A, B & C

Above Excess Reduction including GST.
Underage drivers : refer POL037

Excess Reduction is optional

Excess Reduction is not an insurance but optional coverage which for a small fee reduces your standard excess liability. Unlike most other excess reduction plans Excess Reduction is simple - almost fully comprehensive and real value for money.
In Australia, reduces the excess in most cases from $2,846.25 to $341.55 for cars and minibuses (Up to 8 seater). Reduces the excess in most cases from $5,692.50 to $1,138.50 for 4WD’s and speciality vehicles. Varies by age of renter, location, type of vehicle and rate. Note: ER does not cover certain loss or damage and cannot be waived in full.
Subject to Budget Terms and Conditions of the rental agreement.

Travel insurance
We strongly recommend that clients ensure they take out the highest level of travel insurance. In many cases this will cover any losses incurred if you are forced to cancel your booking.

Longer term renters really benefit
For longer term renters, from a week to two months, Excess Reduction; is especially advantageous because the longer the rental period the lower the daily cost.
With lesser quality coverage plans the cost of reducing the excess can be prohibitive which unfairly exposes longer term renters. But not any more. Excess Reduction; becomes cheaper per day the longer you rent - up to 50% less per day for rentals over three weeks.

Exempted Events - exclusions to coverage

There are three categories of damage and/or loss for which the renter must take full financial responsibility. Excess Reduction; does not cover these events and neither does the standard excess. For attentive, careful drivers using the Budget vehicle sensibly and legally these events are most unlikely to occur.

1. Overhead damage

Overhead damage to the roof of a passenger vehicle or damage to the roof and/or sides of the van body or tray of a commercial vehicle. Inattention to overhead projections, bridges and similar are the main causes of this type of damage.
Boom gates in car parks and at hotels can seriously damage cars and drivers unused to the height of people-movers should take extra care.

2. Water damage
Budget vehicles are not to be driven through floods, creeks or rivers or used where water damage is likely to occur. Driving through any flood or water-course can be extremely dangerous to you personally and will almost always result in substantial damage to the vehicle. Convertibles should not be left with the top down.

3. Underbody damage

Underbody damage occurring to exhaust systems, suspension and body/chassis components can be caused by carelessly driving over gutters or kerbs or travelling along poor quality roads at excessive speed. No Budget vehicle may be driven on off-road areas such as paddocks, fields, tracks, trails or roads above the snowline.
Irrespective of how overhead, water or underbody damage or loss is caused, it is the renter's full financial responsibility.

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