Rental Car companies are always needing to move their vehicles between branches around the country.
For example, a large number of international visitors hire a rental car (or campervan) from Auckland and they drive it down to Wellington or Christchurch over a couple of weeks, and then fly back home from there.
The trouble with this is that the rental car companies end up with a large numbers of rental cars and campervans in certain cities. How do they get them back to the main centres in time for the next full paying customer?
That’s where you come in. You can return one of these rental cars/campervans for them:
- Sometimes the rental car hire is free and you just pay for your petrol
- Sometimes they give you 50% off the rental car
- Sometimes it’s totally free and they even pay for the Inter-islander Ferry!
If I’ve missed any on the following list, let me know in the comments below.
List of Rental Cars Needing Relocation
- www.Thrifty.co.nz Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargil, Greymouth
- www.QualityRental.co.nz Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch
- www.ApexRentals.co.nz Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown
- www.AceRentals.co.nz Auckland, Picton, Christchurch, Queenstown, Greymouth, Dunedin
- www.Maui.co.nz Email them with your location and they'll match you with campervans they need to move in the next 2 or 3 weeks
- www.Budget.co.nz Occasionally list cars that need relocation
- www.RentalCar.co.nz Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown
- www.SpaceShipsRentals.co.nz From Christchurch to Auckland, save 30%
- www.Jucy.co.nz Sometimes have campervans for relocation
- www.CheapaCampa.co.nz From Christchurch to Auckland
- www.ApolloCamper.co.nz From Christchurch to Auckland
- www.Wilderness.co.nz Sometimes have campervans for relocation
- www.HippieCamper.co.nz From Christchurch to Auckland
- www.OmegaRentalCars.com Christchurch | Wellington | Auckland + AKL Airport to AKL city
- www.Britz.co.nz You just register in their database and they'll email you when they have a campervan to move
- www.GoRentals.co.nz Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown
- www.Avis.co.nz An odd system. You need to reserve without actually knowing which ones are available
Websites that list many rental cars from many brands needing relocation
If you are thinking of creating a aggregator website to list all rental cars needing returning from lots of different rental car companies, think again. You won’t get rich.
There are only 4 in New Zealand:
Aggregates lots of rental car companies on one website. Pascal (CMO) tells me they do about 1000 cars a month!
Aggregates several rental car companies. Some rides are returns and others are discounted standard rentals
Aggregates returns for about 12 NZ camper van companies (the site is for USA + Canada + AU + NZ and is not super-easy to use, but the NZ list is good)
The name of this website is a lie. They don’t do relocations at all!