Renting a car in South Africa, tips for immigrants & Foreigners

Hiring a Car in South Africa

In Cape Town and Johannesburg car rental can be arranged easily, but we strongly suggest you do your homework beforehand and research your options. If you are going to rent a car, make sure you do so with a reputable rental company and check your rental vehicle when you book it out!
There are many car rental agencies operating in the South Africa such as:
Avis Car Hire
Tempest Sixt
Remember: Car Rental prices often differ significantly and check your insurance cover and excess which all the companies handle differently.
When you hire a car in South Africa choose your car size wisely. Driving off the main roads even outside of Cape Town and Johannesburg you will find that you really would drive more comfortably in a bigger car with better suspension because of potholes and untarred roads.
Having air-condition in your rental car is a must in South Africa, especially in summer when the temperatures can feel scorching.
Important Documents
Valid Driver’s Licence
Passport or Picture ID Card
Credit Card or Cash Payment
What to consider when hiring a car in South Africa:
Insist on unlimited mileage.
Get full/comprehensive insurance cover.
Opt for Zero Excess, this means you will not have to pay for any damage to the car.
Get written confirmation for one way rentals when booking. Transfers are often possible at additional cost, but must be confirmed to you in writing.
Opt for a rental car agency with Round-the-clock-breakdown service or check if your national automobile club offers a partnership with the local AA in South Africa.
When something goes wrong:
Make sure you take out sufficient insurance cover for your car and maybe take out passenger insurance too.
Always take along the break-down emergency number of the AA which you, when you travel.
Should you have a car tyre puncture which is happens quite often, get the tyre fixed at a local Hi-Q or SupaQuick or KwikFit Tyres or Speedy Tyres Shop, It usually costs R30-40 for repair.