Getting the most out of your rental car when travelling with children can be challenging. How can you prepare? To make your family holiday as hassle-free as possible, here are all the things you need to consider when renting a car. If you want a day trip from the North Shore, consider renting a car near your accommodation in Takapuna. In a big city like Auckland, there are many tourist spots nearby that you can visit with kids. 

How should families choose a rental car? 

It is common for families to travel with more luggage, especially when they have children. If you used to rent an economy car to save money before having kids, it may not be practical now that you have more suitcases and bags in the trunk. The basic car classifications of interest to families, from smallest to largest, are:

  • Economy
  • Compact
  • Mid-size SUV
  • Large-size SUV

You will probably need at least a compact car like a Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus if you have a family of four. It is the smallest size that gives enough legroom for kids in booster seats and car seats, and usually fits at least two larger suitcases. We have car seats and booster seats available to hire, but please note that the Ford Focus does not have ISOFIX, if you choose to bring your own car seat.

In terms of family car rental, SUV car hire is very popular. Our 5-seater Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX5 and 7-seater Mazda CX9 are almost always booked over weekends and holidays, so you should book them in advance. 

When it comes to family car rentals, how do you save money? 

A car rental can be a money-saver, so what can you do to save money when you travel as a family in larger cars? The strategies to use are as follows: 

Book as early as possible: Booking a rental car is an essential part of planning any trip. In most cases, booking early ensures that you’ll get a car and you’ll get a lower price.

Book online: By booking and paying online, you will save money rather than paying our counter rate, which is slightly more.

Look for car rental deals: Check out our online specials from time to time, to save you anywhere from 10%-20% on car rentals.

How to save time at car rental counter?

In some cases, renting a car is not about the money at all – it’s about the time. Travelling with kids requires patience when renting a car.

Is there a way to save time when renting a car? Yes, make sure your driver’s license and credit card number are up-to-date before your trip, as you require these at check in. Book your rental car in advance online with Shore Rentals and make sure you enter as many of your details as possible online, as this information will be needed when you collect the car.

With the right knowledge of potential holiday spots, you don’t have to worry about car rentals with kids being stressful, confusing, or expensive. By planning and preparing for the logistics in advance, you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.