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Metro Car $79 a day
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Important: Effective 01 April Thrifty will be making changes to the Preferred Protection Levels.
We will now be offering 3 Optional Renter Protection Services:
STANDARD COVER (SC) - Your rates include Standard Cover for the Thrifty vehicle and 3rd party property notification. In the event of damage a $3,300 Damage Recovery Fee will apply. In the event of a Single Vehicle Accident an additional Recovery Fee $2,200 may apply. There will be no change for members with this option.
ULTIMATE PROTECTION (UP) - Is only available from selected Metropolitan locations. It is at $33.00 per day inc GST and reduces your Damage Recovery Fee and Single Vehicle Accident Recovery Fee to NIL. Accidental Tyre and Windscreen Damage is also covered. Members have the option to upgrade their profile preference to UP at time of collection.
PREMIUM PROTECTION (PP) - Is at $27.00 per day inc GST (price based on passenger vehicles) and reduces your Damage Recovery Fee. The Single Vehicle Accident Recovery Fee is still applicable. Members who currently have the PP option will automatically default to this protection service however have the option to upgrade their profile preference to UP is available at time of collection.
For Members who currently have the RENTER PROTECTION (RP) option against their profile - this option will BECOME REDUNDANT. Members will have to upgrade their profile preference to one of the above options at time of collection.
Please email email@example.com with any further queries.
13 May 2016 - Thrifty Car Rental is backing New Zealand road safety by becoming a gold sponsor of Brake, the road safety charity that runs Road Safety Week (16-22 May).
12 September 2016 - It is challenging to keep kids entertained on road trips. They feel confined, bored and restless after a few hours of travel. Who's at the receiving end of it all? You of course.
26 August 2016 - Looking for adventure post this years Kepler Challenge? Get some inspiration from Carly who competed in last year's race and then had a Thrifty Bike Adventure around the Southern Lakes!
10 May 2016 - Like Thrifty and WIN a weekend rental!
23 March 2016 - Thrifty gave four deserving clubs the opportunity to win a share of $2,500 in car rental via an online social media voting competition.
22 February 2016 - 5 years on from the earthquake, Thrifty confirms return back to Christchurch city.
18 February 2016 - Congratulations to our lucky Velocity points winner!
01 October 2015 - The Wairarapa is one of New Zealand's premiere wine districts with stunning local scenery. Thrifty have you covered for a trip to this beautiful region with car and cycle packages available.
06 October 2015 - Thrifty Car Rental were winners at the recent 2015 Tourism Industry Awards with a Marketing Campaign Award.
01 September 2015 - Thrifty has a great new range of vehicles joining fleet over the next few months.
21 September 2015 - From next month mountain bikes will be available as an extra for Thrifty customers hiring a 4WD vehicle.
03 August 2015 - Thrifty is auctioning off a brand new Toyota Highlander Limited ZR RRP $80,990 to raise money for Surf Life Saving NZ.
01 July 2015 - Visit Fiordland at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island for an unforgettable experience in the mighty fiords, Milford and Doubtful.
07 July 2015 - Thrifty Car Rental has been announced as a finalist in the 2015 NZ Marketing Awards for the 'Price You See Is The Price You Pay' campaign in partnership with the NZ AA.
02 July 2015 - Find out how Clare saved $50 on taxis in Christchurch by renting a Thrifty metro car. Not only did Clare save money, but her zippy wee car gave her the freedom she needed for her business trip.
01 June 2015 - Treat yourself with a roadtrip from Taupo to Tongariro taking in the Central North Islands most spectacular thermal attractions.
01 May 2015 - Visit the pristine untouched wilderness of the deep South with Mike Yardley
01 May 2015 - Winters coming and we want this winter to be 'Snow much fun'. Like our facebook page to make sure you don't miss out on the fun and competitions over the next 6 weeks.
15 April 2015 - Join Mike as he takes us from wild West Coast beaches to treetop walks and shows us why the South Islands West Coast is one of the worlds best coastal highways.
31 March 2015 - Need travel inspiration? Mike's latest blog takes us from Oamaru through to Naseby, sharing spectacular scenery and rich history.
27 February 2015 - Mike's recent trip from Kawakawa to Kerikeri not only takes in some of the North Island's most stunning scenery, but also some of New Zealand's most important heritage.
02 February 2015 - Thrifty's new mobile app contains extremely useful information which aims to make travelling around New Zealand easier and safer.
28 January 2015 - A fleet of Thrifty's stylish new scooters are now available in the 'Capitol of Cool'
22 December 2014 - The highway twists and turns through soaring mountains, surrounded by gushing waterfalls, sprawling valleys of Switzerland proportions, primeval rainforest and raging rapids.
16 December 2014 - Ideal for international visitors and Kiwi holiday makers, the stylish EURO50, 49cc scooters are available at Thrifty's Picton location for rent.
25 November 2014 - Swimming, big game fishing, golf, mountain biking and bush walks are all on-tap.
03 November 2014 - Thrifty Car Rental is offering heavily reduced rental vehicle rates (up to 50% off) exclusively for AA Members.
31 October 2014 - Blessed with bucket loads of sunshine, lighting up its sapphire waters and warming long stretches of sugar-sand beaches - the Coromandel is a holiday makers paradise.
15 October 2014 - 5 great rest areas in the South Island
14 August 2014 - Thrifty is selling a brand new Toyota Highlander Limited ZR on Trade Me to raise money for its community partner Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
17 April 2014 - Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand government agencies.
04 February 2014 - In a survey of over 2,500 New Zealander's, Thrifty Car Rental has achieved the highest five star rating in two key categories as part of the 2014 Canstar Blue award for car hire.
19 December 2013 - Thrifty announces charity partnership with Surf Life Saving New Zealand
25 October 2013 - Thrifty Australia's Communications Manager Carly Wilson is up for the grueling 60km challenge!
20 February 2013 - NRMA Motoring Club Member awards certificate to say 'thanks' for exceptional service
01 September 2012 - Thrifty Car Rental has announced the winners of its annual Australasian employee awards in a gala ceremony evening in Cairns.
07 February 2012 - Thrifty Car Rental is signaling its commitment to Christchurch this week with the launch of its newly renovated Airport location.
05 October 2011 - Thrifty Car Rental has signed an exclusive partnership with The Automobile Association New Zealand.
02 August 2011 - Thrifty Car Rental has presented the results of its fundraising efforts to The Salvation Army Canterbury Earthquake Appeal.
15 March 2010 - Thrifty CEO Australia/New Zealand Bryn McGoldrick announces partnership with the Virgin Blue Airlines Group
17 December 2008 - NRMA acquisition to lead to further investment in systems, processes and streamlining of fleet
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13 May 2016:
Thrifty Car Rental is backing New Zealand road safety by becoming a gold sponsor of Brake, the road safety charity that runs Road Safety Week (16-22 May).