Hiring a car can be a great alternative to public transport while you’re in Australia. It allows you the freedom to go where you want, when you want, as well as the space to stretch out and enjoy the ride. However, hiring a car can have its pitfalls, and knowing them can save you a lot of money and time.


The first step to hiring a car is making sure you are eligible. You must be at least 21 years of age to rent a vehicle. However, their choice is limited.

Driver’s license and credit/debit card

Another requirement is a suitable driver’s license and credit/debit card. The driver and any additional drivers must have a valid non-provisional Driver’s License from their home country if it is in English or a valid International Driver’s License with the original license if it is not in English.

A credit/debit card is also required for the security bond when the car is picked up. The credit card holder will be considered the main driver. Additional drivers must be with the main driver at the time of pickup so they can present their valid Driver’s License as well.

Standard Liability and Liability Reduction

When making a reservation, make sure you know your Standard Liability and Liability Reduction options so you don’t get caught.


Another important thing to know is the mileage you get each day. Most rentals include unlimited or a decent amount of kilometres per day, whereas other companies that offer much cheaper rentals only include 100kms per day.

This is where you would get stung by extra charges for the kilometres when you return your car, so make sure you find out exactly what your quote includes.

Child seats are a legal requirement in Australia for children under the age of 8. You can bring your own, however, for convenience, you can use one of Alpha Car Hire’s. Remember to book it ahead of time along with the vehicle to secure availability.

Car seats are an additional cost. Please keep in mind, however, that it is up to you to install the car seat into the vehicle. 

For more information about car hire, call us on 1300 22 74 73. They offer competitive prices that can help you find the best deal for the car of your choice.