‘Holiday car hire tax’ to hit travellers hard over school holidays: DriveMyCar | Mozo

With school holidays kicking off on Friday afternoon and the 2018 NRL Grand Final doing the same on Sunday evening, travellers will be flocking in and out of Sydney and New South Wales.

But those looking for the best way to get around on a quick family holiday or to and from the game may be in for a shock, with new figures revealing soaring car rental prices over the long weekend and school holiday period.

According to peer-to-peer car rental marketplace DriveMyCar, travellers can expect major car hire companies like Avis, Europcar and Thrifty to charge as much as twice their average 7-day rental rate over the period.

And interstate travellers flying into Sydney for the Grand Final will be in for an even bigger hit to their wallets, with many of the larger car hire providers charging over $60 a day for airport rentals – a noticeable spike compared to other pick up locations.

This compares to the typical cost of just over $20 a day for hiring a car through DriveMyCar over the same period with a Sydney Airport pick up.

“With only one week to go, anyone looking to hire a car in NSW over the long weekend or school holidays may be in for a shock, with rental rates double what they are usually. A similar spike is expected over the Christmas holidays, making it difficult to plan a getaway without blowing out the budget,” said CEO of DriveMyCar, Chris Noone.

“The arbitrary jump in rates between Sydney Airport and other locations in NSW is yet another example of traditional car rental companies price-gouging consumers and charging a “holiday tax” because they reckon they can get away with it.”

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