Thrifty Terms & Conditions – Summary of Key Points

Please note for the full terms and conditions of Thrifty a link is provided when submitting your booking.

Below is a summary of the most Important Information. If you do have further questions, please contact our Customer Care Team.

Rental Vehicle Excess

The excess for your chosen vehicle is approximately AUD $4,950 – $5,500.

As owners of the car, the rental company has full insurance for your chosen rental vehicle. Basic cover is included in the rental quote however if the car is damaged, stolen or Third Party Loss occurs during your journey, you must pay up to the Rental Vehicle Excess amount listed in your rental agreement, providing you have adhered to the terms of your agreement.

Thrifty Australia refer to their excess as the Damage Recovery Fee (DRF). Windscreen,wheel, tyre, headlight, underbody and overhead damage to the car, any damage to vehicle extras (including child seats, GPS & personal belongings) and roadside assistance (eg. towing, off-road time, locked keys or misfueling) are excluded from the capped DRF.

Commercial Vehicles

Single Vehicle Accidents (SVA) are also excluded from the DRF and will incur an additional fee of up to AUD $2,200. Costs to repair or replace such items may be charged at the actual repair cost. Refer to Thrifty’s Terms & Conditions for full information.

Protection options to reduce or reimburse your rental vehicle excess are available including third party Rental Vehicle Excess insurance or excess reduction at the rental counter.

Credit Card Surcharge

Thrifty’s Credit Card Surcharge fee will be charged based on your total rental costs. The card fees differ based on your card type as follows:

  • American Express – 3.75%
  • Diners Card – 3.29%
  • MasterCard/Visa Credit – 1.10%,
  • MasterCard/Visa Debit – 0.70%

Security Deposit/Bond

A valid credit card in the renter’s name is required for booking and must have available credit for the estimated amount of rental charges plus a bond between AUD $200 – $500 for any incidental charges in order to secure the rental. Your deposit type, amount and method of payment will vary by location.

More specifically, standard car types commonly require a deposit of AUD $200 and 3-tonne moving trucks require a deposit of AUD $500. Higher deposits are required for specialist vehicles such as mine compliant fleet and remote location collection.

Accepted Cards

  • American Express
  • Diners
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Cash Payments

Thrifty do not accept payments by cash.

Debit Card Payments

Payment by debit cards is not accepted on all vehicles or at all rental stations. Further, if paying by debit card, Thrifty will require an additional deposit.

If you don’t have a credit card, please contact Bargainwheels at the time of booking so that we can assist you with finding a provider that will accept your preferred payment method.

Driver and Licence Requirements

When you pick up the car, please have your Passport or national ID card, driving licence (unrestricted and in English) and acceptable credit or debit card/s present.

Drivers Licence & ID

Thrifty recognises all current non-provisional and non-probationary Australian driver’s licences and current overseas licences. P Plate and Probationary licences are not accepted.

Accepted Driver’s licences must be in English with photo and produced at the commencement of the rental and must not be expired.

Should the valid driver’s licence be in another language or have no photo Thrifty will accept a certified translation in English or an International driver’s permit.

Should the licence not have a photo, an International Driving Permit must accompany it.

Please note:

  • Any vehicle that holds more than 12 people requires an LR licence
  • Any vehicle larger than a 3-tonne truck requires an MR licence
  • Any vehicle that holds more than 21 people requires an MR licence
  • Any vehicle that is an 8-tonne truck or larger requires a HR licence

Driver Age Requirements

All renters must be aged at least 21 years old at the commencement of the rental.

Any renters aged 21 to 24 inclusive (whether the main or additional driver) incur an age surcharge of AUD $27.50 per day, and can access Thrifty’s standard range of vehicles.

Note, Thrifty may add local fees and surcharges to the listed price at the time of collecting your car.

Additional Drivers

Additional driver/s can be added to the rental agreement at the time you collect your hire car at the rental counter.

Charges of AUD $5.50 each per day apply for all additional drivers (capped at 5 days per 30 day rental). Maximum charge AUD $27.50 per 30 day rental.

Additional drivers must be added to the Rental Agreement at the time of collecting the car and must suffice the licence and age requirements noted above.

Note, Thrifty may add local fees and surcharges to the listed price at the time of collecting your car.

Fuel Policy

Full to Full

The vehicle is supplied with a full tank and must be returned with a full tank or additional fees will apply.