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1. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Just wondering if anyone has rented a car through this company? It seems cheaper than most I've looked at and therefore I am slightly suspicious!

If not, are there any decent cheap car rental firms that run from Perth? Also, I'm not that used to driving so wondered if anyone could tell me roughly how much the cost of petrol for an economy 3door hatchback from Perth to Exmouth and back again would be?

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by jhetland (Budding Member 43 posts) 8y

Thrifty is fine, they are a major company. They specialise in commercial veichels, but also does some cars. Never had anything but good experiences with them! I heard petrol is getting close to $2 per liter in the NSW countryside, not sure what the west coast is, but you can google a site called petrolwatch for wa prices. A hatch uses .7l to 10km? Highway driving.


3. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Thanks very much for you reply, I shall stop being so suspicious

I think (if my maths are correct...!) it should cost around £200 in petrol to travel up to exmouth and back - whoch isn't too bad... gotta go do some more budgeting!!

Thanks again!

4. Posted by jhetland (Budding Member 43 posts) 8y

no worries! I found the website btw, its fuelwatch.

Last time I used thrifty, I prepaid 1000km, but ended up doing 1200km, and the lady was nice enough to not make me pay the balance!


5. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Hi Traveloat, Perth to Exmouth is 1,270 kms so you're looking at 2540 return, not included any sightseeing. Four years ago $10 for a 100kms would have been about right. But petrol was around $1.00 per litre, and now it's nudging $1.75 and this is in the suburbs of Melbourne. Country areas it is more expensive. If you work on the basis of $2 per litre = $20.00 per 100kms X 2540 you're looking at around $550. It could be relatively less but always better to err on the side of caution.

Drive safely and enjoy.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 2, 2008, at 5:42 PM by Whistler 2 ]

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Yep, just to confirm that Thrifty is fine.

Just watch out for extras such as:

- limited kilometres included meaning if you do a long trip you may be up for more money
- cars not being allowed to be driven on dirt/unsealed roads
- excess insurance costs.

A 3 door hatch should be as light on the juice as you could get. But even a 5 door hatch will be just as easy on petrol.

7. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Thanks for all this info! This trip seems to be getting more expensive every day!! We were hoping it would be quite cheap to hire a car for 3weeks and drive up and down WA, camping along the way... but when adding everything into the equation maybe it's not feasible (we're on a tightish budget).... are there any decent bus/coach companies where we could realistically travel the west coast with camping gear and be able to get to campsites easily enough?? If not I might be applying for a loan....!!

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

I'd still try to do the car hire rather than go by bus.

I'd look for a "rent-a-bomb" type of car hire place.