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Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is owned by Darryl & Denise Essington-Wilson and our middle son Grant.

We will complete our first 18 years of operation on 20th July 2019.

Our success has been built on a dedication to providing the best possible value, the best possible service and the widest range of vehicles. We have many customers who have rented from us every year of our operations and some have become close friends.

We guarantee that our full service rental packages are cheaper than any competitor's packages, including their "specials" - the guarantee is that if you can find a cheaper comparable package, we will refund you twice the difference, plus an additional $50 - what's more, we give you until 30 days after the finish of your rental to find a cheaper deal and claim your refund. Details are on our website.

We will use this blog to post articles of interest to people who are contemplating a holiday on the Gold Coast (whether they want a rental car or not) and to people who are contemplating renting a car (whether it be on the Gold Coast or not).

We invite comment and contributions for future blogs.

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Updated Wednesday 27th March 2019 @ 14:33

Car Rental Matters

With this section we intend to provide a series of articles designed to help you get the most out of your car rental experience whether you are renting from us, from someone else on the Gold Coast or elsewhere. We hope to show you how to avoid the pitfalls and how to get the best value. We will demonstrate that the "daily rate" is not a reliable guide to the overall cost or even the relative cost between different car rental companies. We will show you how to ensure that the protection package that you opt for, actually does give you the protection that the shorthand description implies. In future weeks we will cover topics including: * Understanding car rental insurance excess reduction options * Obtaining the best car rental deal * What to do in the event of an accident * What to do about traffic and parking fines * What your options are with road and bridge tolls * Travel insurance policies and their protection for rental car users

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Updated Thursday 21st March 2019 @ 09:50

Holiday Hints

Ideas for Planning Your Ideal Family Holiday

This section of our blog aims to give you some ideas to ensure that your next family holiday will be minimum stress and maximum value.  

In coming months, we will progressively add new posts to this section, some will come from our experience with tens of thousands of holidaying customers, some will be from our own personal holiday experiences and others will be contributed by our customers or other people who wish to pass on a tip or two.


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Updated Wednesday 14th August 2019 @ 02:39

Around and About the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is owned by Darryl & Denise Essington-Wilson and our middle son Grant. We completed our first 16 years of operation on 20th July 2017.

Grant is now in charge of rental operations and I (Darryl) am moving to embrace the "social media" and to develop new business opportunities.

In the coming weeks and months we will post articles which we hope will be of interest to people who are contemplating a holiday on the Gold Coast (whether they want a rental car or not) and to people who are contemplating renting a car (whether it be on the Gold Coast or not).

We invite comment and contributions for future blogs - I will be setting aside every Thursday to respond to comments and to consider contributions or requested topics.

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Updated Wednesday 14th August 2019 @ 20:19

Covid 19

On 19th March, I told my employees that I feared that curtailing Covid-19 will prove to be more damaging than the virus itself and unfortunately my fears were well founded.

Since then, I have had plenty of time to reflect on various aspects of the COVID Management Plan and I have now decided to share my thoughts through a series of articles which I call “COVID COMMENTS”.

I should make an up-front position statement that I accept the concept of closing our international borders, and of short-term movement restrictions, but I am mostly unimpressed with the way these principles have been implemented.

I should also point out that I am 76 years old, overweight and have an asthma condition, so I don’t have a cavalier attitude to respiratory viruses.

The articles which I will release over the coming days are:


In my research, I found an excellent infogram which is updated every day and graphically depicts Timeline of 'open' confirmed cases, recoveries, and deaths

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Updated Tuesday 27th July 2021 @ 10:09

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