Thrifty Car Rentals will not be charging its customers the full amount of their car rental if they have to abandon their vehicle due to the Tasmanian bushfires.

The rental agreement will close as soon as Thrifty understands that the customer has had to abandon the vehicle.

Furthermore, Thrifty will not be passing on the costs of recovering abandoned vehicles and will organise to return any belongings recovered from rental vehicles. Thrifty is contacting its customers in Tasmania to notify them of these arrangements.

Thrifty is advising all its customers that in the event of an evacuation their personal safety is our primary concern and that they should follow the instructions of local authorities.

As Thrifty self insures its rental fleet, the cost of any vehicles destroyed in the bushfires will not be passed on to its customers.

Notes for journalists:

  • Kingmill Pty Ltd, trading as Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned by the NRMA Motoring & Services.
  • Thrifty has a modern fleet of more than 14,000 vehicles and offers great value car hire and friendly customer service in more than 210 locations nationally and 30 locations in New Zealand.
  • Thrifty scored a significant coup in October 2010 being named as the exclusive car rental partner for Australia’s seven motoring clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAC, AANT, RAA and RACT). Thrifty provides best customer service to the combined 6.8 million members across the country.
  • For more information please contact Jeremy Loadman, Communications Manager, by phone: 02 8337 2794, or by emailing [email protected]