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Gold Economy Car Rental For Budget Travel 14/05/2019
Renting a car for your holiday gives you freedom and flexibility. A trip is just way more fun when you don’t have a rigid itinerary – it’s a holiday after all. And if you’re travelling in places like New Zealand where there are vast landscapes and long distances in between, a rental car is the only feasible way to get around. Plus, car rental lets you pick a hotel outside the city which tend to be cheaper but nonetheless charming.

Worried you might blow off your budget? There are ways to get a good deal and enjoy your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. It’s all about choosing a car that fits your need so you get the most for your money.
If you are on a budget but want a good quality car, there’s a Gold Economy budget car rental range just for you at James Blond Ltd.

This range includes reliable Japanese imports with approximately 35,000 kms on the clock. So you’ll be driving a car that’s close to being new for a cheap rate that can go as low as NZD $28 a day. The rate includes unlimited mileage, GST and standard excess insurance – with an option to lower this down to zero.

Let’s go back to the car. What exactly are you getting from this range?

You can choose between a Mazda Demio (Mazda 2) supermini or a Nissan Tiida. The Demio is a 1300cc 5-door hatchback; while Tiida is a 1500cc front-wheel drive hatch that is slightly roomier. The latter also comes in a 4-door sedan version (the Latio) which has a boot for extra space. All vehicles are automatic (CVT) transmission, making them a breeze to drive on New Zealand’s roads.

These cars are perfect for solo travellers as well as for couples and young families. There’s enough space for your luggage and plenty of leg and head room for a most comfortable and convenient ride. More importantly, these cars are touted for their fuel economy – another key feature that suits your budget travel needs.

Here are other features you would love in these cars:

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) for better stability during braking
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) for a more effective, better balanced braking.
  • Multi-point injection fuel system (gasoline)
  • Fuel economy specs: ~8.6L/100km (city drive); ~5L/100km (highway); 6.3L/100Km (combined)
  • Light-weight on 15-inch wheels
  • Quick steering that respond well in every situation
  • Comfort and performance which is ideal for families with children

  • A innovative compact car offering trouble-free motoring
  • Refined aerodynamics and style with a form that’s both geometrical and mechanical
  • Powerful engine (140 kilowatt turbocharged)
  • Fuel economy specs: 6.1-10.1L/100km (city drive); 4.7-6.5L/km (highway); 5.2 -8.1L/km (combined)
  • Premium features: push start ignition, keyless entry, dusk sensing headlights, satellite navigation, dual climate control
  • Superior comfort for young families or a small group

Below are other tips to score cheap car rentals for your trip:

Book well in advance

For obvious reasons, the most cost-effective vehicles are the first to sell out, especially during high season. If you roll the dice on the day of your arrival, you will easily find yourself cornered into the middle-to-high range. Not to mention, during peak season the rates will skyrocket with time and never down.

Some travellers would swear about “hacking the system” by booking at the last minute to get a free upgrade, but that’s a gamble. It’s best to be prepared so you don’t run into unexpected expenses during your trip. Some people have their holiday ruined right at the rental desk. But if you have your car hire ready the moment you step off the plane or train, you’ll be off to your adventures right away. No stress!

Booking ahead of time also allows you to pre-select a vehicle category that you feel most comfortable driving (e.g. manual or automatic, sedan or hatchback) and selecting the features you need.

Know your options

If you simply wish to save money on rental rates and fuel, you’ll want a backpacker offer or the smallest available model. But if you’re travelling with children or want more legroom in the rear for your friends, you may want a roomier yet affordable hatchback.

Calculate your pick-up and return days

If this is your first time hiring a car, you should be aware of how daily rental charges are calculated. A daily charge is typically billed every 24 hours from the date of collection. If a car is collected at 9am on Thursday and returned at 10am the following day, the rental period will count as two days. It’s good to plan this into your itinerary so you can save a little bit more.

Travel in the ‘shoulder’ season

If your travel dates are flexible, try planning your trip in the shoulder season. Understandably, rental rates are seasonal as they follow the demand-supply mechanism.

Many would advise to travel during off season to save on car rental as well as accommodation. And while that may be true, chances are you won’t see what you’re visiting the place for.

In New Zealand, the off season is winter (June to August) which isn’t the best time to see its stunning landscapes and natural beauty. A better time to visit would be the shoulder seasons: Fall (March-May) and Spring (September-November). As well as car rental rates (and all else) being considerably cheaper, nature is vibrant and the weather is perfect for outdoor adventures.

Finally, don’t be afraid to talk to the rental company about your travel needs as they might help you save a little more. For instance, if you are planning to have someone else drive the car, James Blond allows you to add another driver for free. You will rarely get this offer elsewhere.

Hiring a car doesn’t have to be a rip-off. Just a little planning goes a long way!

James Blond 2017 Ltd

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