Vehicle hire

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 23:27
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We will be travelling to Australia in 2014 overland but leaving our vehicle in Singapore.
We want to hire a fully equipped SUV/4x4 to complete our journey from Darwin to Sydney.
Are there any companies our there who will hire such vehicles for a one way journey Darwin to Sydney?
Thanks,
Andy
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Reply By: Member - johnat - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 23:32

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 23:32
One way trips are notoriously expensive. Mainly, I believe, because the originating hireer will want to get their vehicle back, and you'd be [paying for the two way trip, even though you only drive it one way. The return journey will have to be done one way (by someone driving) or the other (by putting it on a truck and someone driving that!).

Either way, you are going to pay for the return.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 23:51

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 23:51
Hi Andy

Have a look at this Car relocation site.

They do one way trips to get their hire vehicles to we're the need them returned, often at ridicules prices like $1.00 per day. Some even give you a fuel allowance.

Not sure what your time frame is, some of these companies only give a set time, like 5 days to do the trip. Others are a bit more flexible.

I did this for some of the big rental companies when I taught in the Pilbara and Kimberley. A great way to see the country.

Anyway - worth a look.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 00:16

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 00:16
Imoova relocations are convenient for some people, but these vehicles are in high demand, and you only get short notice of relocation.
You have to contact Imoova, give them your details, and hope that a vehicle turns up.
The Imoova deals suits people who have a very flexible timetable and who don't mind waiting around for a relocation offer.

You can usually buy extra time with a relocation, at the going rate. However, the downside of a relocation is that you must return the vehicle, fully cleaned, and ready to go out on hire again, immediately.

Relocations usually go against the regular tourist travel directions, so you'll find plenty of relocations from South to North in the Summer months - and plenty of relocation from North to South in the Winter months - as most tourists go from South to North in Winter, and North to South in Summer.
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Reply By: Candace S. - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 01:25

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 01:25
I'm not sure if their vehicles will meet your needs, but Britz does rent various 4WDs. Also, their one-way fee is currently $380.

http://www.britz.com/
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Reply By: agbucks - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 02:44

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 02:44
Thanks for the replies.
Has anyone used or come across these guys:

http://www.campertravel.com.au/

Regards,
Andy
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Reply By: Ron N - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 00:07

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 00:07
Agbucks - Britz, Maui and Backpacker rentals are all the one same business, operating under three different trade names, so that is a little confusing.

I've never heard of, or used "camper travel", and I do not know anyone who has used them. They have only two reviews on Product Review, and one is not complimentary.

http://www.productreview.com.au/p/camper-travel.html

Britz, Maui and Backpacker are professional and a large organisation. We hired a motorhome from Backpacker for two weeks, about 15 mths ago, and drove Perth to Darwin, one way.

Their pricing was very reasonable, we were upgraded free to a 6 berth Platinum model from a 4 berth, and their one way fee was $380, as a previous poster mentioned.

The motorhome was only 2 yrs old and in top condition. It was thoroughly serviced before we left - and when we had a delay caused by fitting two new front tyres before we left, Backpackers gave us an extra half-day free.

Be careful of companies who rent you high-km older vehicles, that have seen a lot of work.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: heldus - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 04:17

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 04:17
agbucks,

here are very good links:

http://www.travelcar.com.au/home

http://boomerangcampers.com/en/home

Cheers
Helga
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