We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club credit cards. These cards must show the customer's name, signature and card number, with their applicable logo.

Debit cards are accepted provided that the card displays the Visa or Mastercard logo, has been issued by a bank and has the customer's name and card number on the card, and funds are debited from a cheque/current account. If paying by debit card a 'security hold' of $200 in addition to the 'Estimated Total' value of the rental will be placed on the card account provided. The card holder will not have access to these funds until billing is finalised at the completion of the rental. A card transaction fee will also apply - see ‘Does Budget charge a card transaction fee on car and truck rentals?’ for more details.

Prepaid and Reloadable Debit cards and gift cards, as well as Travel cards and EFTPOS cards are not accepted.

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 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.

The card transaction fee is subject to GST.

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.

If paying by debit card a 'security hold' of $200 in addition to the 'Estimated Total' value of the rental will be placed on the card account provided. The card holder will not have access to these funds until billing is finalised at the completion of the rental.

Final charges will be processed after completion of the rental including a card transaction fee (see ‘Does Budget charge a card transaction fee on car and truck rentals?’ for more details) and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released by Budget. Please note the pre-authorisation may take up to 7-10 business days to be released by your bank. Budget will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees based on this policy. Please check with your bank for more information.

Final charges will be processed after completion of the rental and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released by Budget. Please note the pre-authorisation may take up to 7-10 business days to be released by your bank. Budget will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees based on this policy.