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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 Friday 6th April 2018 @ 10:26:11


Gold Coast Family Car Rentals

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 Friday 6th April 2018 @ 09:37:42


Family Car Rentals Network

Established as Gold Coast Family Car Rentals by Darryl, Denise and Grant Essington-Wilson in July 2001 as a single location car rental business at Burleigh Heads in the heart of the Gold Coast, we have developed a strong reputation for providing industry leading value and service and second-to-none vehicle presentation standards.

For a considerable time we have been working behind the scenes to develop our systems and facilities to the point where we can make the gigantic move from a single site operator to the hub of a network of individually owned but like minded car rental businesses spread right across the nation.

In late 2013, we were advanced enough with our plans to create Australia's first (perhaps the world's first?) website devoted exclusively to providing information to prospective franchisees. Anyone interested can take a look at it by following this link:

We entered into 2014 ready, willing and able to welcome new franchised outlets into our Family Car Rentals business network and we have already succeeded.

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Updated Tuesday 28th November 2017 @ 13:06:50


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