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Get a Car Rental Job in South Africa 2024

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Are you looking to get car rental jobs with Avis, Europcar, Budget, First Car Rental, Hertz, Tempest, Sani (was Thrifty) or Bluu? Or maybe you're a petrolhead who just wants to work in the travel-by-motor-vehicle industry? Those in with a chance for the client-facing roles will be outgoing, friendly and willing to work their fingers to the bone.

About 12,000 people work for the South African car rental industry, according to SAVRALA (the SA Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association).

In trying to get a job one needs to avoid the scams that do the rounds with fake jobs; scumbags trying to take advantage of those who are desperate for work - do not use an agency which charges fees for its services - this is a sure sign of a scam.

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There are two ways to get a job in the car rental industry:

  1. Apply to a car rental agency for one of their jobs.

  2. Apply to one of the companies which a car rental agency contracts out to do some of its work.

Contacting a car rental agency

If you cannot contact them directly via email or phone; most car rental agencies allow you to apply for jobs either on the social media or they have job portals (specialised websites) where you can search for and apply for jobs. However, for making an impression, nothing beats a physical visit to their offices!

Avis/Budget

Email Recruitment@Avisbudget.co.za
Click here
to search for jobs with Avis
Click here to go to the Avis-Budget jobs section on LinkedIn; in the search box type "South Africa" to find jobs in SA.
Head office: 3 Brabazon Rd, Croydon, Isando, Johannesburg

First Car Rental

First Car Rental is owned by Combined Motor Holdings.
Click here to see a list of jobs available with CMH.
CMH head office: 1 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban;
Email: cmhinfo@cmh.co.za

Click here to see what jobs are available on First Car Rental's website (usually none).
Phone First Car Rental: 011-230-9999
Email FCR: info@firstcarrental.co.za

Motus Group / Europcar / Tempest

Europcar Southern Africa and Tempest Car Hire are part of the Motus Group; who operate a career portal for them.

Click here to visit Motus's careers website. You will need to register; which will enable notifications to be sent to you sof any new jobs/vacancies as they become available within sthe Motus Group. Note when using Motus's careers website that the file sizes you upload must not too big otherwise they won’t upload. (maximum 300kilobytes). Tshis is the only platform to use for any vacancies within the company.


Email information@motuscorp.co.za
1 Van Buuren Rd (Cnr Geldenhuis & Van Dort), Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Woodford

Email recruitment@woodford.co.za
Phone 0860-999-500
WhatsApp 071-732-9420
Head office: 14 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban

Bluu

Email them at customercare@bcr.co.za
Phone their head office at 011-398-0000.
Click here to see Bluu's jobs listed on LinkedIn.
Head office: 5 Anvil Road, Isando, Johannesburg

Sani Car Rental

Email corporatessupport@sani.co.za
Click here
to see Sani's jobs on LinkedIn.
Click here to see Sani's jobs listed on Jobslin.
WhatsApp on 011-230-5000
Visit 17 Sim Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Pace car rental

Email info@pacecarrental.co.za or click here to see what jobs Pace car rental have available on their website; but sometimes there's nothing listed there and there are jobs listed on their Pnet profile (so do click through to it)

Hertz

Email cust.relations@hertz.co.za and they will direct you.
Click here
to visit Hertz's job portal. Hertz own the Hertz brand as well as Dollar Car Rental, Thrifty car rental and Firefly car rsental.
Phone 0861-600-136

   

Kempston Group

Email recruitmentel@kempston.co.za or phone 043-707-1710. Click here to get to Kempston's job portal.
Head office: 69 Old Transkei Road, Nahoon, East London

Afrirent Fleet Management

Click here to find job vacancies with Afrirent Holdings.
Email info@afrirent.co.za
Head office: 522 Jacqueline Dr, Garsfontein, Pretoria

Ark Car Rental

Click here to find jobs with Ark Car Rental on their LinkedIn profile.
Head office: 1 Lyn Road, Randburg, Johannesburg
Email: randburg@arkcarrental.co.za

Cabs Car Hire

Email info@cabs.co.za or phone their Johannesburg branch at 011-392-1388 to find out if there are any Cabs Car Hire jobs available.
Head office: 14 Montreal Drive Airport Industria Cape Town

East Point Rentals

Phone East Point Rentals at 011-826-1063 or email info@eastpointrentals.co.za
East Point rentals sometimes list their jobs on their Facebook page.
Head office: s155 North Rand Road, Boksburg

Hambanathi Car & Bakkie hire

Phone Hambanathi at 011-465-2559 or email travel4@hambanathi.co.za. Click here to see whether Hambanathi have listed any jobs on their careers page.
Head office: 89 Sterling Rd, Centurion, Pretoria

"Key vehicle management" t/a "Key Hire"

Phone 031-713-3111
Email: durbanrecruitment@keygroup.co.za

Paragon Van, Car & Truck Rental

Phone 031 461 2050
Email: mpumalanga@paragonvanrental.co.za
Head office: 214 Chris Hani Rd, Durban

Pender Car Rental

Phone 011-262-5500 or email info@pacecarrental.co.za
Head office: 541b Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria

RIS Vehicle Hire

Phone 087-066-6000
Head office: 2 Copper Drive, Kuleka, Empangeni

Super Rent

The rental division of SuperGroup;
Email careers@supergrp.com.
Phone SuperGroup's HR at 011-523-4000
Head office: 27 Impala Rd, Chislehurston, Sandton, Johannesburg

U-Rent

Phone 087-135-1350
Head office: Stephen Road, Tokai, Cape Town
Email: reservations@urentsa.co.za

Value Car Hire

Phone 0861-437-483
Email info@valuecarhire.co.za
Head office: Boquinar Industrial Area, Cape Town

Xtreme Car Rental

Phone 031-563-8575. Email info@xtremecarrental.co.za
Head office: 18 Boston Cir, Airport Industria, Cape Town

Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire

Phone 021-555-9561
Head office: 341 Koeberg Rd, Brooklyn, Cape Town
Email: booking@kenings.co.za

Motor trade recruitment agencies in South Africa

Astor Motor Recruitment

They are a motor recruitment company based in the Western Cape. Click here to register as a job seeker with Astor. Alternatively you can contact them at:
jobs@astorrecruitment.co.za (email)
087 803 4661 (phone)

Motortrade Recruitment

Phone them at 082 821 3939, or click here to send them a message

Select Motor Recruitment

Phone them at 011 615-7747, email them at debbie@selectmotor.co.za , or click here to fill in a job application form.

General recruitment agencies

Career Jet

Click here to list all car rental jobs in SA on CJet.

Career Junction

Click here to list all car rental jobs in SA on CJ.

Indeed

Click here to list all car rental jobs in SA on Indeed.

LinkedIn

Click here to list all car rental jobs in SA on LinkedIn.

Pnet

Click here to list all car rental jobs in SA on Pnet.

If you receive no reply after a few weeks then contact them again sending a thank you and follow-up letter. Getting hired is often a matter of persistency.

Wide range of Jobs

Car rental jobs cover a wide spectrum of vastly different careers, from mechanics to client-faving position; but approaching a company and saying you are up for anything is a poor strategy, it's best to apply for a particular job. So, start off by deciding which job you want to do (which usually comes down to what you're most qualified for).

Airport operations

This includes customer services as well as keeping cars clean (yes, car cleaning is a job!) and safe and car park attendants making sure that customers can find their vehicles. Shuttle bus drivers assist in getting customers from car rental branches to and from the airport. Rental sales agents:

  • assist clients with their bookings, and try and sell additional add-ons to them.

  • handle the paperwork such as rental agreements

  • allocate vehicles based on reservations and client preferences

  • do final preparations of vehicles for their clients, ensuring that add-ons booked are there.

  • Handle post-rental queries.

Drivers

Drivers move the vehicles around to ensure that they are in the correct place. For this you'll need a valid South African drivers license and sufficient experience with driving (e.g. 5 years).

Repairs and maintenance

Where the repairs of the vehicles take place, as well as any surplus maintenance to that which the original motor manufacturer does.

Jobs such as service technicians, panel shop polishers and parts managers may be available.

Corporate

The corporate team are responsible for doing the company's financial reporting, designing and managing car rental products, marketing, sales, data tracking and analytics, human resources, taking care of all the legal issues that arise, and there would be a fleet team responsible for moving the fleet between locations.

They may be responsible for invoicing and following up with creditors.

Customer service

A call center would usually be responsible for customer services.

Key accounts managers are appointed to look after the relationship with companies which make large volumes of bookings; these are sales-oriented jobs with sales targets being set (ie you'll get paid more if you make more sales, but will get fired if you sales go down!). You'll require negotiating skills to get the best deals with the various corporates, this will involve presenting your ideas to management of your car rental company, as well as to the clients. Friendliness goes down well, and you may need to entertain clients, e.g playing golf with them.

  • Sometimes key accounts jobs are titled "new business development manager", when the focus is more on getting new clients (e.g. travel agencies) in than on servicing existing clients. In this instance you would be expected to develop strategic partnerships with companies where a relationship may not yet exist. You would need to spend time carrying out market research to identify potential compannies with whom strategic partnerships could be formed, before actioning the development of relationships.

Tech

The tech guru design, set up and maintain the various technological platforms on which a car rental company works. This may include both client-facing as well as internal platforms.

Car sales

Once a car ages, usually a car rental agency would want to sell it, and would have a car sales team to ensure that value on sale is maximised.

Support services

All the various offices of car rental agencies would require the usual support services such as:

  • Cleaning services
  • Tea ladies

They may either directly employ these staff or they may outsource this to another company (if, when you contact them, they say that they outsource it, ask them to whom it's outsourced, so that you can check whether the outsourcer has any vacancies).

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