Budget Rent a Car in NZ

It’s very strange that I should write more about Taiwan but I would write about New Zealand. As most of you know, my new friends Frederik’s family will be in New Zealand for a family vacation. To get around the island, I think to rent a car from Snap Car Rental is good. I guess you will worry about getting ripped off by this rental car company. I would tell you about my experiences of renting a car in California. It might come in handy in New Zealand.

My rental details were as follows:
RENTAL LOCATION:
San Francisco, San Francisco Downtown, 675 Post Street
Opening hours on day of collection: 06:00-17:30 hours
Telephone ( 415-929-2555 )
RENTAL DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, at 04.04.2012 06:30

RETURN LOCATION:
Los Angeles, International Airport, 9217 Airport Boulevard
Opening hours on day of return: 00:00-23:59 hours
Telephone ( 310-342-9200 )
RETURN DATE & TIME: Monday, at 09.04.2012 13:00

Car group: Group A (e.g. Chevrolet Aveo)
Quoted price: 269.36 USD
Your quote includes:
Local Tax (TAX)
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF)
Unlimited Mileage
Please note that excesses may apply to above insurance.
Please be advised that if a second driver is requested, he/she must be present at check-out with original their driving license.
Standard minimum age requirements will apply by country (normally 23 yrs).
A Young Driver Surcharge may also apply (normally under 25 yrs). If you have a Corporate Account with Avis, please refer to your corporate agreement.

Insurance - a basic level of insurance has been included in your rental price (as detailed above), and excesses may apply.   If required, additional insurance cover can be purchased.  Just ask at the Avis desk when you collect your rental vehicle.  If you have a Corporate Account with Avis, please refer to your corporate agreement for the exact details of your insurance cover.

Drivers need to have held a clean license for a year.

I thought the rental price would be budget. The lady at the counter suggested that we should upgrade to a full-size four-door (group E) car and the markup fee was only USD $10 dollars. You would be more comfortable and safer. This suggestion made our hearts beat faster. We agreed to upgrade. Then the upsell really begins when they asked what insurance coverage I wanted. The miss gave me two choices. I can get full unlimited coverage or their recommended coverage. She never said that insurance was option or that I can choose not to have it. She claimed that my insurance doesn’t cover everything if I get into an accident or the car was stolen. We were anxious that car napper stole the car. Finally, we decided to assume full responsibility. Luckily, we were safe.
But today I got excited when I surfed http://www.snapcarrentalauckland.com/. Experience New Zealand with rental cars from just NZ$19 per day. I should also plan to visit New Zealand because it’s very cheap.
It's worth to mention that you always drive on the left-hand-side of the road. The rule is different from ours in Taiwan. To rent a motorcycle maybe a good choice so you require alpinestars gloves to protect you. The Alpinestars WR-3 Glove is an all-weather touring glove and is both 100% waterproof and highly breathable, featuring advanced TPU molded knuckle protection housed within the Leather main body construction for robust and durable performance. If you’re going walking in the cold or rainy area, 100% waterproof gloves are essential.

By the way, if you keep some animals or pets, you should know how to care these animals. A guppy and sailfin molly died of hunger when we traveled in Korea. Chicken Feeders or automated fish feeders are necessary for life.
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Hi, I'm Stephen Liu! A Taiwanese couchsurfer, backpacker, food lover and postcrosser. My wife and I challenged ourself to visit all the counties and cities in Taiwan! Read more here.

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