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car rental in Darwin

I am driving to Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield in Aug and would like to seek advice on car rental. 4 adults for 7days.

1. Bargain Car Rental offers 250km per day and $ 27 /day lowering excess to $0. Free delivery in Darwin City and 24 hours drop-off at Darwin Airport. That really fits my very earlt flight at 6.20am. Others are having limited opening hours and excess is high.

Any suggestion?


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1. Re: car rental in Darwin

What suggestions are you looking for?

Read the terms and conditions VERY well .Have you looked at reviews for Bargain?

try vroomvroomvroom to see what else is offered if you haven't already.

There have been previous threads here recently about renting with restricted kms and excess reduction.

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2. Re: car rental in Darwin

We always use Thrifty in the outback - it may be more expensive but its worth it. They also have pickup at Darwin Airport.

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We hired Bargain Car Rentals from the 9th to the 14th of December. We first heard about them from Vroom Vroom Vroom. When three of us reached their office in Darwin, they told us the 4x4 WD drive car was a camper van that seated three and slept only two, unlike what was put up in on the Vroom Vroom website. The lady who told us about using the car seemed new to the job, and suggested that we could cook inside the car. Had we not asked about how to refill the LPG and consequently found out from the owner Craig that cooking in the car was a no-no, the car would have been cooked. As we drove up to camp later at Kakadu, we noticed that the car tyres had two of one company and two of another. Further, none of them told us that the car was a self lock-out. So since the outside light of the camper was not working and cooking was only possible in darkness, when I went to search for my torch in the car, we realised that we were locked out. When we called Bargain in Darwin, whether they had an extra key, they didnt' have one. There were plenty of groups that were going to Darwin from Cooinda that we could have hitched a lift to get the other set of keys had they existed. To fix the lock-out at Cooinda, they charged a whopping 398 dollars to come from Jabiru that was 50 kms away from our campsite. Further, Craig, the owner at Bargain, was rude and completely unprofessional when we met him. He refused to give it in writing that insurance would not consider this only saying that he'd speak to whoever directly. Funnily, as per the insurance scheme offered by Bargain, insurance does cover tow-ins, so it would have been cheaper to get our car towed to Jabiru and then fixed. All in all, this was hardly a Bargain. Go for more time and professionally tested companies.

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