Why Book Your Hire Car Here?
Low price promise
No booking fees
No credit card fees*
Instantly confirmed options
Famous brands & local fleets
Free cancellation on most cars
Free amendments on most cars
24/7 customer service
* Some rental car suppliers may charge a credit card fee for amounts payable on arrival.
Bringing you the best car rental deals
If you live in Australia, or you’re visiting from overseas, let MatesRates help.
We work with Australia’s leading car rental companies and small local rental car businesses, making sure you get the car you want at a price you’ll love.
We make it easy to book a rental car
Save time and money with MatesRates. We search and compare car rental prices from 28 rental car companies in Australia and 400 locations around the country.
You book with the car rental company of your choice — we don’t charge you anything extra. And you don’t need to waste hours shopping around to get the best deal.
Simply select and book the vehicle that meets your needs and budget — easy!
We work with Brands You Can Trust
All it takes is a simple search and MatesRates will find you up-to-date prices and special offers on a huge range of vehicles.
Tips for Hiring a Rental Car
Yes, MatesRates will get you a deal and save you money. But make sure you don’t waste time and end up paying more in the long run for your hire car with these money-saving tips.
After all, you should be spending your time and money experiencing all that Australia has to offer, not paying more than you need to travel around it!
Picking up Your Car — Got everything you need?
When you turn up to collect your vehicle, make sure you bring:
- Your booking confirmation voucher
- A valid driver’s licence for each driver
- A credit card or cash
- ID (a driver’s license with photo or passport)
Damage Inspection — Make sure everything’s documented
We know you want to get going, but be sure to inspect the vehicle for any signs of damage before you drive away. Any damage needs to be noted in the rental agreement at the time you pick up your vehicle or you risk being charged for pre-existing scratches and dings after you have dropped it off.
Take a few minutes to look inside and outside the vehicle, and let the rental company know if you see anything that has not already been noted. Unless the vehicle is in perfect condition, it’s a good idea also to take some photos with your smartphone. That way you can document and date the vehicle’s condition prior to your trip.
Toll Roads — Don’t Get Caught Out
There are toll roads in and around Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. You can plan your trip carefully to avoid them, but otherwise you will have to pay for their convenience.
All Australian tollways are cashless and your rental car will usually include an electronic tag (E Tag). But check first with your rental company as to how tolls will be paid. You don’t want to have unpaid tolls after returning your vehicle. You may end up paying the tolls plus additional fees charged by the car hire company as well as the toll operator.
Petrol — Come Back with a Full Tank
Don’t get caught paying more than you have to for petrol! Stop in to top up at any nearby petrol station before you return the vehicle. You’ll pay less for fuel than the rental company will charge you.
Location – Are there cheaper alternatives?
If you’re able to return your vehicle to the same depot you picked it up from, you can expect to save money.
If your trip starts or ends with a plane flight, save by planning ahead and getting a vehicle from an off-airport location. Allow extra time for the complimentary shuttle journey from or to the airport, and expect to be amazed at how much cheaper your hire vehicle will be.
Makes comparing prices easy. Got an awesome deal.
Nick Smith (Australia)
Simple and quick. Lowest price I could find.
Libby White (UK)
Fair prices. Fast reply by customer service.
Brad Johnson (USA)
Great price and easy to book. Thanks!
Jan Williams (NZ)
The best deals from all these rental car operators & many more...
Booking your rental car with MatesRates Car Hire is quick, easy, and saves you money!