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Guide to car hire in Thailand
Last Review March 2023 by Editorial Team
The team at Car Hire Thailand have years of experience providing customers with car rental from every part of Thailand. We understand how it works and wish to share that with you. Below we have compiled an ever growing list of typical questions and sometimes not so typical. To these questions that we have provided answers and advice.
Overall, we would like to say that car hire in Thailand is much easier than in most western countries. By that we mean no fuel or other types of scams purposely exist. That being said, you still need to know the basics of renting a car in Thailand.
Wide choice of Thailand car rental companies to choose from
Car rental in Thailand is a very popular option, and many new rental operators have entered the Thailand rental market. We have provided reviews of both the well known brands plus these new arrivals, for example chic car rental.
Electric Car Hire Thailand
Sixt Thailand have added 2 electric car options to their Thai fleet of rental cars. Both from China, the first is the cool looking Good Cat, the second is the estate version of the MG5, electric estate. Charging stations are now being added to most malls and shopping centres and fuel stations, but if you are travelling outside of BKK do check for location of charging stations. They can also be charged overnight from your house electric supply if you are living in Thailand.
The Groovy Good Cat Great Wall Motors
The Cat has an impressive range of 500 km on full charge.
The MG EP Electric Estate Car
Thailand Car Rental Informational and FAQ Section
Is it smart to rent a car in Thailand?
It is a smart idea to rent a car in Thailand if you are not staying in Bangkok. Bangkok is way too congested, and it is very easy to make a wrong turn even with Sat Nav adding hours to your journey time. Also, the fact that taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap makes renting a car whilst in Bangkok a bad idea. Bangkok aside, it is a good idea to rent a car elsewhere in Thailand. Having a Thai rental car will let you discover Thailand at your own pace. We especially recommend
How much does it cost to rent a car in Thailand?
Is one way Car Hire in Thailand free?
How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Thailand?
Credit card, One Way Fees, Free Miles and Airport fees
Do you need a credit card to rent a car in Thailand?
Is one way Car Hire in Thailand free?
Are miles Free and Unlimited in Thailand?
Are Airport Fees and Taxes Included in the car rental price?
Lead Driver and Free Additional Drivers
Are Additional Drivers Free and how do I add them?
Can you rent a a Car under 25 In Thailand?
Do I need an international driver's Licence in Thailand?
Can I rent a Car in Thailand with a US Licence
Car Insurance and the Car Hire Excess Amount
What is the Insurance Excess Amount on Rental Cars in Thailand?
Does the car rental insurance cover me for personal injury?
What should I do if I have an accident in my rental car ?
Why do Rental Companies in Thailand ask for a Refundable Deposit?
Car Rental Categories
Can I hire a car with a manual shift?
What is the cheapest car to rent in Thailand?
Can I Rent an Electric car in Thailand
Picking up your Car Rental
Are suppliers on airport, or do I need to take a shuttle ?
Should I check vehicle at Pickup for damage?
Returning your Car Rental
What happens if I return the rental car late?
Should I return the rental car with a Full or Empty tank?
Car Rental Suppliers in Thailand Local Names vs Brand Names
Should I Rent With A Local Rental Company Or Stay With Hertz And The Others
All the big names in car rental such as Budget, Avis are all present in Thailand. These big names are competing against the local providers of car rental. The local providers have grown substantially over recent years. From day one, Thai Rent Car was the big, reputable car rental provider. They were cheaper than the big brands, but the cars were mostly older and of a lower specification.
Many new players have entered the market, some give national coverage like Chic Car Rentals others only offer a service in Bangkok and at Bangkok airport. The latest arrival is KPN Car rentals Thailand, an offshoot of Toyota Thailand. As you would expect, all cars in the fleet are Toyota, and with that comes reliability. At the moment, they are very competitive as they try to capture a piece of the local car rental market. They operate out of Bangkok airport and Bangkok downtown
Compare the Cost of Car Hire Thailand
Need to hire a car in Thailand? After the best deal and best package with zero or low excess? We can help you find the cheapest and best value Thailand car hire. Thailand is a big fly drive destination, making the demand for affordable Thailand car rental high. Motorways are plentiful and most are signposted in both English and Thai. We can provide you with comparative quotes from the big brands that include Budget, AVIS, SIXT, National and Hertz. We also represent the local quality rental outlets that include Thai Rent a Car, Bizcar Rentals Thailand and recently Chic Car Rental.
All these suppliers have multiple locations throughout Thailand, so you pick up a car rental from Bangkok and return to Hua Hin for example. If your car rental is seven days or over, this will be free, with most suppliers.
If you are out to find the best deal on Thailand car rental, start by getting multiple quotes from different operators. We can help you by letting you easily compare prices and package with branded names including Sixt Car Rental Thailand, Hertz Thailand , National Car Hire Thailand. We also have great deals from local suppliers such as Thai rent a car and Chic Car Rent Thailand. All these suppliers have multiple locations throughout Thailand