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Hi, I'm looking for a Fortuner, automatic, for 7 days pickup from Phalaborwa Kruger Airport 21 to 31 Jan. 2014
Ola! You can get a Fortuner for less than 1k a day, R6 300* for the week!


Can I please get a quote for the cheapest car from the airport 19 - 27 Dec?
Hi! Sure, there's a Citroen C1 for R1,451* for the 8 days.


Hi, I need a car with AC from 20 - 29 Dec
There is limited availability, so please book soon! Yaris @ R2 8 86*


I would like to rent a luxury vehicle from the 15th until the 17th of August 2014.
How about a BMW 3 Series or similar from R1 319* for the weekend?


What is the cheapest car hire from Phalaborwa from the 6th to the 8th of February 2015?
How about a Kia Picanto or similar at R363*?


Query : How much is the cheapest car hire from the 23rd to 25th of January 2015?
Quote : A Toyota Yaris or similar was the cheapest at R456* for the weekend.


How much will it be to rent a 7 seater from Umtata Airport - November 21 to 24 2014?
You can expect to pay R2 323* for the weekend's rental.


2013-08-05 Hire a Peugeot 107 from London Heathrow Airport for the whole month of November
from ZAR6124*


Rent a Toyota Yaris or similar from Windhoek Airport from the 12th until the 14th of December for R1 142*


Hire a Hyundai i10 or similar from Mauritius Plaisance Airport fron the 6th until the 13th of February 2015 at R2 509* for the week's rental.


SAA Car Rentals is sometimes cheaper Car hire is sometimes cheaper via South African Airways than directly through Avis/Budget/Hertz/Europcar.


Johannesburg Car Rental - Minibus Deals When hiring a Toyota Minibus keep an eye out for whether 2 add on deals are available - free additional driver, and a guaranteed 2013 model.


Mthatha Minivan Hire The cheapest minivan to hire from the 30th April to the 6th of May 2014, from Umtata Airport is a VW Kombi (selling out quickly), going for R5876*.


First Car Rental's favourite spots Car hire company, First Car Rental, have announced their opinion of the best heritage spots. They've been diplomatic, choosing somewhere in almost every province.


Budget Car Rental Review We've got just our first review of Budget Car Rental, and they've been rated 4 out of 5 by Vongani.


Cheapest Minivan to hire from Cape Town A Toyota Quantum with 200km free a day is often the cheapest minivan you can hire from Cape Town, but they usually sell out fast.


Hire a Mercedes from PE Want to drive in a German branded vehicle? You can hire a Mercedes Benz from from 9 to 15 July 2014 from R4675*.


Hire a BMW 3 Series in Durban BMW 3 Series Automatics are usually the cheapest luxury vehicles to hire in Durban.

Dec 2013

East London Car Hire - Cheapest Want to hire the cheapest car for a week from the 16th Feb 2014? Try a Ford Ka for R1159*

Dec 2013

Imperial Head Resigns Hubert Brody is going to resign as the head of Imperial Holdings in the first half of 2014, so he can spend more time with his family.

Nov 2012

Rate Europcar Did Europcar move your way? Rate them and stand the chance to win a prize

4 Nov 2011

Cheap car hire from R180/day

28 Oct 2011

We are now covering Pretoria car hire

21 Oct 2011

Best car rental quotes of the week

11 Sep 2011

Car rentals from R182/day

2 Aug 2011

Gautrain from Johannesburg - Tshwane opens, & Europcar is official supplier

14 Apr 2011

Car Hire in South Africa - dos and donts

16 Jun 2010

Cheap car rentals for World Cup final.

25 Mar 2010

Freedom Day weekend travel prices (car rentals, accommodation & flights).

10 Mar 2010

Europcar weekend special from R139/day

10 Mar 2010

Mothers Day 2010 travel - First Car Rental is cheapest.

10 Feb 2010

First Car Rental in Cape Town is cheapest.

3 Feb 2010

First Car Rental is cheapest in this survey of Johannesburg Airport car hire services (R165/day for a month's car hire).

27 Jan 2010

Cape Town - Avis cheapest.

20 Jan 2010

Durban Car Hire comparison.

16 Jan 2010

4x4 hire in Johannesburg.

13 Jan 2010

Joburg car rental comparison. Thrifty Car Rental is cheapest at R176/day.

11 Jan 2010

Europcar free day special in the Gauteng and Free State regions.

9 Dec 2009

Car rental January special - R148/day on selected dates.

7 Dec 2009

Two Shosholoza Meyl trains collide near Potchefstroom, killing 2 people and injuring 110.

2 Dec 2009

Car rentals from R164/day in Cape Town

26 Nov 2009

Europcar free additional driver special to celebrate it being the car rental sponsor of the IRB Sevens in George.

19 Nov 2009

First Car Rental January special.

11 Nov 2009

Durban car hire from R131/day.

28 Oct 2009

First Car Rental from R160 a day at Johannesburg Airport.

17 Oct 2009

First Car Rental October newsletter.

8 Oct 2009

Tempest Car Rental October newsletter.

7 Oct 2009

First Car Rental cheapest in Cape Town - from R131 a day.

21 Oct 2009

Durban car rentals, flights & accommodation.

3 Sep 2009

First Car Rental cheapest for Johannesburg car rentals from R167 a day.

27 Jul 2009

Frustrated passengers set alight 5 carriages of a Shosholoza Meyl train on its way from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg, after a locomotive broke down.

14 Jul 2009

Europcar early bird special for the 2010 world cup, and the free day special is still running.

8 Jul 2009

Europcar free day special - book 2 days and get and days rental free.

9 Jul 2009

Premier Classe starts operating weekly train trips between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit.

18 Jun 2009

First Car Rental is cheapest.

1 Jun 2009

Imperial Car Rental changes its name to Europcar SA.

4 May 2009

Review of First Car Rental.

11 Feb 2009

Imperial Car Rental competition for those booking a vehicle on their website.

19 Jan 2009

Avis is cheapest in a year, in this price comparison at Durban International Airport.

28 Dec 2008

Some brief comments about our Imperial Car Rental.

21 Dec 2008

Tempest & First Car Rental are neck and neck as far as cheapest car rentals in Johannesburg go.

14 Dec 2008

Tempest Car Hire are cheapest this week, with a weekend's rental from O.R. Tambo International going for R331.

14 Dec 2008

We have expanded our coverage, and now have dedicated pages for car rentals in Port Elizabeth and car hire at Nelspruit Airport.

26 Oct 2008

Hertz shows humour, when they catch Cokey Falkow at his own game.

25 Oct 2008

Once again the Europcar/Imperial Car Rental website is not working. At Durban International Airport, Avis Car Rental is cheapest.

18 Oct 2008

Budget's loss is Avis's gain. Avis car rental is cheapest, and unfortuanately Budget's site was down.

11 Oct 2008

The Imperial Car Rental site is down, and Avis Car Rental is cheapest.

7 Oct 2008

First Car Rental opens a new office in Mthatha at the airport, and starts asking for a second credit card for class D & above bookings.

4 Oct 2008

Hertz site is down & Avis Car Rental is cheapest.

13 Sep 2008

Thrifty & Woodford Car Rental have set record high prices for car rentals in Durban on the 10th October 2008.

6 Sep 2008

The Cape Town car rental market is boring - everybody keeps their prices week after week (thank goodness for Thrifty Car Rental, which at least changed its price...unfortuanately for us, it was upwards).

30 Aug 2008

Avis Car Rental is cheapest in this survey of car rental prices at Durban International Airport (First Car Rental & Imperial Car Rental are within R3 of Avis's price).

23 Aug 2008

Imperial & Europcar's website is up and running again. Avis South Africa are cheapest, with First Car Rental in second place (at Cape Town International Airport).

16 Aug 2008

At Johannesburg Airport, Avis car rental are cheapest. Interestingly, Imperial car rental were not quoting prices on their website.

9 Aug 2008

Avis South Africa are cheapest at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (offering a Friday to Sunday car rental for R329).

25 Jul 2008

Tempest Car Hire are offering rentals from R158 a day, and Mango claim R311 flights (but we couldn't find any).

6 Jul 2008

Imperial Car Rental logoWe've added some photos of Imperial Car Rental's offices at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

27 Jun 2008

Thrifty Car Hire logoDollar Car Rental & Thrifty Car Hire South Africa have announced the openings of car rentals offices at Bloemfontein, East London and George Airports.

19 Jul 2008

Record cheapest car rental price! First Car Rental have quoted us the lowest car rental price we've seen in any survey this year, at any location in South Africa.

22 Jun 2008

Mango, Sixt & Tempest Car Rental team up again and set up a stall at Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town.

20 Jun 2008

Europcar International has received official certification for its "Green Charter".

4 Jun 2008

Hertz car rental logoNews is a little late, but Hertz Rent a Car opened up an office in Stellenbosch on 1 April.

27 May 2008

Wheels24 are running a car of the month competition, in which you stand to win R1000 of Kalahari vouchers. Vote quick, you've got until 31 May 2008 to vote.

24 May 2008

Budget rent a car logoWe've just done our first quote for Budget Rent a Car - R333 for a weekend seems reasonable.

22 May 2008

Hertz announces the winners of its "spot the car" competition.

19 May 2008

Tempest Sixt car hire logo with phone numbersTempest Car Hire's May newsletter - contains offers from its partners (Mango, Southern Sun and Standard Bank).

18 May 2008

Surf's up - we've improved our coverage of Durban airport car rentals, East London airport car rentals and George airport car rentals. And to show that we're not biased towards coastal cities, we also did some work on car rentals at Johannesburg Airport (O.R. Tambo International).

17 May 2008

We've spruced up our webpage which focusses on car rentals at Bloemfontein Airport and car rentals at Cape Town International Airport, providing contact details for all the car rental agencies operating there.

17 May 2008

We've added a map and a list of the towns at which you can rent a car with Budget Rent a Car Southern Africa.

17 May 2008

Hertz car rental's security certificate expired today - just goes to show, these type of administrative hiccups even happen to the big guns.

10 May 2008

And now we're covering Budget Rent a Car South Africa.

9 May 2008

In our never-ending quest to cover the entire South African car hire industry, we have set up a webpage focussing on Thrifty Car Rental in South Africa.

28 Apr 2008

Europcar logoEuropcar International has agreed to purchases Europcar Asia Pacific from Navis Capital Partners, as part of its growth strategy. This will be the first time Europcar International has direct access to operations outside Europe.

26 Apr 2008

Tempest Sixt logoIn an absolutely phenomenal run of performances, Tempest Car Hire (which also runs the Sixt rent a Car brand) has offered the cheapest car rentals in every single one of the 11 car rental surveys we've run.

24 Apr 2008

Tempest Sixt rent a car have announced some April specials, including R500 a day to rent one of their Group E buses.

22 Apr 2008

Tempest Car Hire starts advertising through Trafficsynergy.

Apr 2008

Europcar has opened what it calls the largest car rental location in Europe. Near London Heathrow Airport's terminal 5, it is some 1.4 hectares and services the National Car, Alamo Rent a Car and Guy Salmon Prestige Rental brands (all brands owned by Europcar).

Apr 2008

Europcar has announced plans to start operating a carbon-offsetting scheme later in 2008. The scheme will be voluntary, but Europcar estimates that some 5% of its clients will take it up.

22 Apr 2008

Mango is advertising long-weekend specials through its partners - Tempest Car Hire and Southern Sun, if you've got a valid Mango Airline flight reference.

1 Apr 2008

First Car Rental logoFirst Car Rental is launched, effectively a change in name of National Alamo South Africa (Europcar purchased the rights to the National and the Alamo brand names).

19 Mar 2008

Penny Wilson has finally been repaid the R8450 which Tempest Car Hire owe her (without interest, but they did throw in a Mango Airlines plane ticket and a weekend's car rental). Penny paid the excess of R8450 excess when the car she hired from Tempest was stolen. When Tempest recovered the car, they took two years to repay her.

13 Mar 2008

Hertz logoHertz announces that effective 1 March 2008 Mark Wood is the new head of sales and operations at Hertz Southern Africa and Pat O'Brien is the new divisional head. O'Brien replaces Gareth Tindall who resigns in June 2008. Congratulates you on the appointments, Mark and Pat.

7 Mar 2008

Coverage of the South African car hire market continues to improve - latest addition being Imperial Car Rental.

5 Mar 2008

Tempest have announced a car hire special for March and April 2008, and also a competition for all those who hire a car during this period. Extra special specials for Gautengers.


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