Car Hire discount code? Tips?

I'm heading to QLD next week and looking for care hire on 22-27th (pick up / drop off @Brisbane Airport), any of you have any discount would like to share or know where to book for cheap price?
Fist time ever booking car rental and I'm worry about receive an unexpected shocking bill as I had seen on Today Tonight / Current Affairs so any advices/options I would much appreciate.

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    I've used www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au/ several times and it seems to consistently give me the cheapest price I can find.

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    From my experience:
    1) renting at the airport is always the most expensive
    2) prices can vary from location to location, despite renting with the same company - ie avis or thrifty
    3) Coupons or discount codes do not represent good value. All they do is give the appearance of a great discount. If you get a quote without a coupon and put in a coupon (ie from entertainment book) i often find them to be quite similar. All the coupon does is push the RRP up and still provide a similar price.
    4) Best coupons are the double upgrades
    5) some rental places you can bargain with
    6) do not take out the excess reduction through the rental company. take out your own domestic policy through someone like worldcare for $15 or if your credit card provides rental excess cover, use that.

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      6) do not take out the excess reduction through the rental company. take out your own domestic policy

      Definitely this.

      Car hire company "excess reduction" typically costs you $20-25 per day. A 5-day single traveller insurance policy from http://www.travelinsurancedirect.com.au/ is $40, and there are 10% or 15% discount codes you can use for this. They provide $4000 excess towards car rental claims.

      Took a look at Worldcare too. Their quote is $31 for 5 days in Australia, including $3000 towards excess. Not sure where $15 came from?

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        Yeah I got $31 for one or $59 for 2.
        rxjb please let me know how to get $15

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          sux my CBA platinum cr card only cover for international :(

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    just a general question..

    lets suppose you get your provisional licence. can you go overseas and rent a car on a provisional licence which is 1 month old? (qld provisional licence, heading to nz).

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      Many car rental places require a minimum age of 21 or even 25 - best answer is to check the website of a major car rental agency like Avis or Hertz in NZ to get an idea of what to expect

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    http://www.autoslash.com/ is exactly what you are looking for.

    They search publicly available discount codes, test them daily against your booking criteria, and automatically re-book if prices drop.

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    My vote goes to Red Spot. The insurance is bundled in the quote (which I found to be the cheapest). No excess fees. They dont check the vehicle before you pick it up and they dont check it after you drop it off. Just throw the keys on the desk and walk away… Very nice!!!

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      300km per day
      Compact: Nissan Tiida or similar AUD$210.00
      Standard Taxes & Fees
      Vehicle Registration Recovery @ AUD$4.95/day AUD$24.75
      Premium Location Fee @ 11% AUD$23.10
      Stamp Duty & Administration Fee @ 5% AUD$14.18
      Drivers Age Surcharge AUD$0.00
      Please select the type of liability cover
      $3,300 Loss and Damage Liability AUD$0.00
      Estimated Cost : AUD$272.03

      I rather want they check the car before I leave as I don't want to receive shocking bill.

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    Thanks for all the responses guys.
    After all the searching Argus seem to be the best price. Any other that can beat Argus?
    For the excess, if accident and not your fault you still have to pay it?

    www.arguscarhire.com.au
    Hyundai i20 or similar
    AUD 210.00 for 6 days
    collision damage waiver (cdw) Included in Rate
    third party liability protection (tp) Included in Rate
    theft waiver (tw) Included in Rate
    tax Included in Rate
    airport fee Included in Rate
    unlimited mileage Included in Rate
    breakdown assistance Included in Rate
    Insurance Coverage
    Collision damage waiver (CDW): Includes 10% Tax; Excess 3,300 AUD
    Damage excess reduction: 23.1 AUD per Day Includes 10% Tax; Excess 550 AUD
    Theft waiver (TW): Includes 10% Tax; Excess 3,300 AUD
    Third party liability protection (TP): Includes 10% Tax

    vroomvroomvroom.com.au
    Economy Toyota Yaris Or Similar
    Includes unlimited FREE Mileage!
    AUD 234.79
    Hertz

    alphacarhire.com.au
    Nissan Micra (or similar)
    $218.00AUD
    The above price includes 500km per day for passenger vehicles (100kms per day for commercial vehicles), full comprehensive insurance with a standard liability of $3300 for passenger vehicles and $3300 for commercial vehicles, all compulsory fees and taxes, 24hr roadside assistance and free airport & hotel transfers. You can choose to reduce your collision damage liability at the time of collection for as little as $11 per day*.

    www.autoslash.com
    Toyota Corolla or similar
    Weekly rate
    1 week(s) @ $211.52 $211.52
    Subtotal $211.52
    Taxes and Fees $112.16
    Total due at rental counter: $323.68US

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      Check Apex also (http://www.apexrentacar.com.au/) in my experience they're usually pretty competitive and offer good service.

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        The price $234 got me excited for a sec…

        Hyundai i20 Hatch Auto
        City & Surf $39/day
        100 Km/Day
        $2750 Excess
        Extra Kms: 33c
        Total Cost
        $234
        NO Airport fees,
        NO Vehicle Reg. fees,
        NO Credit Card fees,
        NO Extra Driver fees.

        Carefree Coastal $52/day
        Unlimited Kms
        $500 Excess
        Total Cost
        $312
        NO Airport fees,
        NO Vehicle Reg. fees,
        NO Credit Card fees,
        NO Extra Driver fees.

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      If you want, you can get a price match from alphacarhire. There might not be many benefits in you doing this, the only reason I suggest is because I rented with alphacarhire in 2010 and was really happy. The car I got was brand new (only had around 2000 kms on it), the service was A-one and they are a good company so less chances of you getting surprise shocks. Although, it might be the case for argus as well, its just that I do not have any experience with them. Good luck with everything though.

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        thanks but there are mixed reviews @alphacarhire when i google and they only includes 500km/day