The Process of Hiring a Campervan Explained
Motorhomes and campervans are an ideal mode of transport for tourists in the open country of Australia. Many family travelers, who do not like to stick to a fixed schedule, prefer renting a vehicle to explore picturesque landscapes and tourist hotspots. Campervans come in various shapes and sizes, and you can choose one which fits your group size, from solo travelers to entire groups. While the choices may seem overwhelming with more and more camper companies springing up each year, hiring a camper is being made increasingly easy these days thanks to comparison websites and useful advice from fellow travelers on the interet.
The process for hiring a Campervan is dead easy
Most campervan compaines these days offer websites that not only list stock, but also allow you to book a camper almost instantly. This is perfect for tourists from other countries and cities, as it means you can book your camper before even touching down, and have it ready and waiting on your arrival. The websites of the rental companies are very thorough and offer all the critical information required to book a vehicle in the particular city, but if you're not sure about the company, many travel forums include sections where travelers have shared their experience hiring and buying from various rental companies.
Before completing any rental process online, it's always a good idea to check and compare travel and rental information for all major rental companies that operate in the same area. A tiny bit on online research can find you a much cheaper deal on the same camper.
Also, be sure to research the vehicles on offer at the rental companies. Campervans can come in various sizes and with varying accommodation capacities and features. Once you've got your head around the different sizes and classes of vehicles, it's worth looking into the amenities provided inside the campervans.
Once you've found a camper that you're happy with, and you're content that you've found the best price, all you have to do is reserve your vehicle. This will require an initial deposit which reserves the vehicle for you on the date of journey. In case you are not sure of the date, you can book stating with an ‘on hold’ status which gives you a buffer time to make the finalized decision. If you cancel within the stipulated time, the amount is reimbursed, but be sure you don't run over the deadline or you will lose your deposit.
During the booking process it can also help to check with company about the vehicle's insurance. A detailed summary of the rental's cover will help you understand the charges you may face in the case of an accident, as well as various 'extras' that you may be able to opt out of, such as excess insurance. As you have probably already picked up at this point, you should always ask the companies to provide you with a bill before you lock in your booking. Hidden "add-ons" are not something you want to only be confronted by when you go to collect your vehicle.
Be sure to check with the company about the documents you need to submit when picking up the vehicle. The minimum documents which are required from the customer are the licence of the driver and a credit card of one of the travellers. Note that while picking up the vehicle, you will need to make the full rental payment upfront, and cheques aren't generally accepted.
And that's it. Hopefully these tips should set you on the right path for hiring your next car or camper. Happy traveling!