Campervan Hire New Zealand - Benefits of Booking Agents
No doubt. If you have been on the internet to research your upcoming campervan hire in New Zealand, then I’m certain you have come across a campervan hire booking agent.
Not sure? Well, sometimes it’s not so easy to tell whether you are dealing with a hire company direct or a booking agent. If you are on a website with a large choice of different campervans and motorhomes, then you are most likely looking at a campervan hire agency. When dealing with a hire company direct all you can see is their campervan fleet of approximately 3 to 6 different models, with their unique logo displayed on every page.
While there is no real disadvantage when booking directly with a campervan hire company, you will find that you can benefit in many ways using a campervan hire Booking Agency for your New Zealand Campervan Hire.
Let me explain ...
Most Competitive Price
The most obvious advantage is the price. These days it all seems to come down to money and it always feels good to save some dollars here and there. Just imagine all the extra coffees and goodies you will be able to afford during your holiday!
When it comes to the campervan hire price, don’t be shy and shop around!
Booking Agencies stay up to date with special prices, discounts and incentives offered by campervan hire companies throughout New Zealand. This means you may have spotted a nice Toyota Hiace campervan with a certain company, however, could book the same or similar vehicle cheaper with another provider. Your booking agent knows who offers the best rates at the time. Believe me, you will save money by booking with an agent.
Due to the economic downturn and decrease in tourism numbers, campervan hire in New Zealand is more competitive than ever. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the cake so to speak. Now is the time for some good discount hunting.
Free Personal Service
This point does not apply to every campervan hire booking agent. Most booking agents have now incorporated automated booking engines which allow their clients to compare prices online and book their preferred campervan hire, without ever dealing with a real human being. That’s a bit scary, if you ask me.
As I run my own campervan hire booking agency, I can confirm that it is impossible to stay up to date with price changes and special deals all the time. So you might be spending more than you should.
The weakest point of these systems is to keep the availability up to date. Can you imagine to check over 400+ campervan hire vehicles every day? Let me tell you, it’s simply not possible. So you pay a booking deposit and then get notified that your choice of campervan is not available. Not good.
“Real” Personal Service is a huge advantage to you and saves time and money.
As prices, availability and special deals change daily, having someone who is familiar with all the different campervan hire options and hire conditions in New Zealand is a big advantage. Let someone else do the running around for you! As long as the agent is located in New Zealand (check this!), you can be sure that they have inspected the hire campervans and know the different hire conditions, insurance exclusions and any hidden fees there may be.
Most booking agents do not charge a booking fee as they get paid by commissions from the campervan hire company. Therefore you should receive Free Personal Service without any obligation to book. That’s never a bad thing and always worth a try.
Your ideal booking agent will give you their honest opinion about the different campervans and hire companies. You may not think that vehicles can vary that much, but please take my advise on this, they do! It sometimes differs like day and night and after traveling in a dirt cheap campervan, you would agree with me. Cheap is not always good enough, plus there are usually tons of extra fees to pay, which you were not aware of until it is time to sign the hire agreement at the campervan company’s depot. Too late then.
One Stop Shop
If you get to meet a good Booking Agent (like us! just saying ...), then you can rely on them to find, organize and book your campervan hire in New Zealand. Beyond that, you can also ask them any questions that come to mind.
Campervan Booking Agents deal with campervans and motorhomes every single day. They stay up to date with new developments and have access to online pricing systems. As you may not have booked a campervan in New Zealand before, using the good knowledge of a local agent is highly valuable.
Agents inspect vehicles regularly and although a campervan looks all pretty and shiny online, it may not be that way when you pick it up. I have spoken to many campervan travelers over the years, who were not happy with their vehicle.
Don’t take a gamble on your NZ holiday. Talk to someone who can give you independent, personal and local advice.