Thrifty Car Hire South Africa

thrifty car hireThrifty Car Hire is a reliable car rental company operating across South Africa and Namibia. With branches in all major airports, Thrifty was established by the Moolla Brothers in 1981.

The company incorporates Dollar Thrifty Car & Van Rental, which operates throughout South Africa, Namibia, and Mauritius. Dollar Thrifty was established in 2002 and specialises in the rental of passenger and commercial vehicles.

As members of the South Africa Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, Thrifty Car Rental upholds a high standard of customer service excellence while still offering competitive rental rates.

Thrifty Car Rental South Africa currently holds a Level 3 BEE status and is proud to support South African Black Empowerment.


About Thrifty Car Rental South Africa

Thrifty South Africa is a fast-growing independent car rental company. The company has offices located at all major airports, as well as city branches.

The Thrifty Van Rental division consists of a variety of vehicles designed to service commercial entities. Panel vans, single cabs, and double cabs are all available at various Thrifty Car Hire branches across the country.

Dollar Thrifty, also a division of Thrifty Car Hire, was bought by Hertz in 2012, but still operates under the Thrifty name. This particular car hire is available at over 10 000 locations across the globe, with a fleet of 5 000 cars in South Africa.

For 5 years running, ACSA (Airports Company South Africa) has awarded Dollar Thrifty  the Feather award for Best Car Rental Company.

Dollar Rent a Car Luxury Vehicles offers car hire aimed at the corporate and luxury markets and presents a variety of high-end vehicles, only available at selected branches across the country. Customers have access to the latest BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, and other luxury models.


Thrifty Car Hire Fleet

Thrifty Car Rental has a fleet of approximately 5 000 vehicles, ranging from basic entry-level sedans to luxury vehicles and 4x4s. The company places a great deal of emphasis on safety, and as such, endeavours to replace vehicles every year, or every 30 000 km – whichever comes first. Some of the vehicles that you can expect to find at your local Thrifty Car Hire include:

  • Polo Vivo
  • Datsun Go
  • Hyundai i10
  • Nissan Micra
  • Nissan Almera
  • Toyota Quest
  • Honda BR-V
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class
  • Nissan X-Trail Auto 4×4
  • Toyota Fortuner 2×4
  • Nissan NP300 4×4
  • Ford Ranger 4×4
  • Nissan NP300 Single Cab
  • Nissan NP200
  • Nissan NV350
  • Toyota Quantum 10-seater/14-seater
  • Toyota Corolla
  • VW T6 Kombi
  • Hyundai i20 Hatch
  • BMW X3

This is a summarised list as per the Thrifty Car Hire website – subject to change at any time.


Thrifty South Africa Branches

You can find Thrifty Car Hire branches spread across South Africa as follows:


Thrifty Car Rental Branches in Gauteng:

  • Thrifty Car Hire O.R Tambo Airport
  • Thrifty Car Hire Lanseria Airport
  • Thrifty Car Hire Midrand Halfway Gardens
  • Thrifty Car Hire Centurion
  • Thrifty Car Hire Pretoria Stanza Bopape Street
  • Thrifty Car Hire Sandton (opposite the Gautrain)


Thrifty Car Rental Branches in Western Cape:

  • Thrifty Car Rental Cape Town (Greenpoint)
  • Thrifty Car Rental Cape Town Airport
  • Thrifty Car Rental Somerset West
  • Thrifty Car Rental George Airport


Thrifty Car Rental Branches in KwaZulu Natal:

  • Thrifty Car Hire Durban City
  • Thrifty Car Hire Durban King Shaka International Airport
  • Thrifty Car Hire Richards Bay


Thrifty Car Rental Branches in Free State:

  • Thrifty Car Rental Bloemfontein Airport


Thrifty Car Rental Branches in Eastern Cape:

  • Thrifty Car Hire East London Airport
  • Thrifty Car Hire Umtata Airport
  • Thrifty Car Hire Port Elizabeth Airport
  • Thrifty Car Hire Heugh Road (in Walmer)


Thrifty Car Rental Branches in Mpumalanga:

  • Thrifty Car Rental Kruger International Airport


Thrifty Car Hire South Africa Loyalty Program

Travellers that regularly make use of the Thrifty Car Hire services are rewarded via the company’s rewards club, called MyBucks. Customers earn Thrifty Miles with each rental, which can then be redeemed on future rentals in the form of discounted rates.

Customers need to register for a Thrifty Miles profile on the Thrifty Car Hire website. By setting preferences on a personalised user profile, customers can streamline future rental processes by getting the type of car that they prefer, along with their usual preferred extras.

The system also allows clients to manage their future car rentals online and review a history of vehicles that were hired in the past.


Thrifty Car Rental South Africa – Service Offerings Overview

Thrifty Car Rental in South Africa offers a variety of car rental services including:

  • Car Rentals: Thrifty Car Hire, Thrifty Luxury Car Hire, and Dollar Thrifty Car Rental International offer a wide range of vehicles in their fleet. Customers can hire just about any vehicle from a panel van to a 4×4. Commercial vehicles are also available for hire.
  • Luxury Car Rentals: Thrifty Car Rental South Africa provides a range of luxury cars for hire under the Dollar Rent a Car division. Choose from a range of high-end luxury vehicles – only the latest models available.
  • Chauffeur Service: Thrifty Car Hire offers an affordable chauffeur service to get you from A to B on time, and safely. Chauffeur services must be booked in advance to ensure availability.
  • One-way Rentals: Thrifty Car Rental offers the option of hiring your vehicle from site A and dropping it off at site B. One-way rentals are available on most vehicles and come at affordable rates.


Thrifty Car Hire Costs

Thrifty Car Rental South Africa offers affordable car hire rates and unlimited mileage deals for you to choose from.

In terms of additional costs, customers need to consider damage waivers which typically range from R100 to R300 per day. There are excess km charges to consider on certain packages, and a rental deposit is charged for each vehicle. This amount varies depending on the vehicle type. At the end of the rental period, deposits are returned within 4 to 10 working days.


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