Budget locations in New Zealand can accept cash, travellers cheques, money orders and personal cheques as payment, but these must be issued in New Zealand Dollars and can only be used when you return the vehicle.
When you start your rental a valid and accepted credit or debit card must be presented as credit identification.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club credit and debit cards. These cards must show the customer's name, signature and card number, with their applicable logo. Prepaid and Reloadable debit cards and Gift cards, as well as Travel cards and EFTPOS cards are not accepted.
International visitors who have a prepaid voucher can pay cash up front for any insurance excess or optional extras (e.g. Excess Reduction, GPS, Child Safety Seats, Roadside Safety Net etc.), and upon return of the vehicle for any miscellaneous charges (e.g. fuel, additional rental hours or days, one-way fees etc.).
A card transaction fee of 2.2% for Visa and Mastercard and 3.1% for American Express and Diners Club applies to the total rental charges including GST (but excluding any Airport and Wharf fees) where a credit or debit card is used for payment.
Airport and Wharf fees and the GST on these fees are not included in the calculation of the card transaction fee. If the rental takes place at a location that is subject to an Airport or Wharf fee, the final card transaction fee will be less than 2.2% of the total invoice value for Visa and Mastercard transactions and less than 3.1% of the total invoice value for American Express and Diners Club.
Budget rates do not include fuel. Budget offers three options for fuel:
Return the vehicle with the same amount of fuel as when rented and no refueling fees will apply
Return the vehicle with less fuel than when rented and pay a refueling service charge for the fuel used. The refueling service charge is a rate higher than the local retail fuel prices. The latest refuelling service rate will be shown on your rental agreement and is subject to GST.
Purchase the prepaid fuel option
The prepaid fuel option allows the renter the option of purchasing, a full tank of fuel at a price competitive with the prevailing local service station rates for regular unleaded petrol. This eliminates the need to refill the tank before the vehicle is returned. There is no credit given for fuel remaining in the vehicle at the time the vehicle is returned so the renter should return the vehicle with as little fuel remaining as possible.
The prepaid fuel purchase option must be selected at the beginning of the rental.
We process a pre-authorisation for credit and debit cards for your estimated charges at the start of the rental and this may include an additional pre-authorisation of up to $200.00 NZD. This means funds to this value will not be available for your use on your card.
Pay Now rentals are also subject to an additional pre- authorisation of up to $200.00 NZD at the start of the rental.
At vehicle return final charges will be processed after completion of the rental and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released to you by your bank. If charges are greater than the pre-authorisation you will be required to pay the difference.
Please note the pre-authorisation may take up to 7-14 business days to be released by your bank. We will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees.