Fill in this form & our trained consultants will compare the price of vehicles and companies (if you'd prefer not to work through a consultant then navigate to our car trawler page), taking the hard work out of your hands. A few tips to help you hire the cheapest car: (1) Don't overestimate the distance you want to travel, as this will dramatically increase costs. (2) If you're willing to pay a bit more for a bit more luxury, please mention this under special requests; (3) Avoid picking up & dropping off the vehicle at different spots, as this pushes costs up.
The main car rental agencies are Avis car hire, Europcar (previously Imperial), Hertz, Tempest, First Car Rental, Budget and Woodford.
Criminals like targetting lone travellers at airports, who are carrying laptops. One of their methods is to follow the person to their hotel, and break into the vehicle whilst the person checks in at the hotel. We recommend hiring a sedan rather than a hatchback, so that goods can be more safely locked in the trunk/boot.
Paul Jacobson hires a Mercedez C180 from Europcar Johannesburg, and after running into some snags is so impressed by their customer service that he writes this piece on how other brands can learn from Europcar.