The El Cheapo Car Hire

For a budget run-around, the El Cheapo is exactly as it sounds – cheap! But, cheap in price doesn’t mean cheap in quality.

Imagine the stories your El Cheapo could tell! They’ve certainly clocked up the miles (and the stories) as they have travelled around New Zealand. But, ask your Mum - age is just a number - so, with careful maintenance checks and some TLCwe know our El Cheapos still have a lot of life left in them.

This is the most affordable way to make your dream Kiwi road trip happen.

Key features

5x seatbelts
FM radio
Power steering
Central locking
ABS brakes
Air conditioning

Included with the vehicle

  • Unlimited kilometres
  • AA breakdown assistance

As our cheapest rental car, the El Cheapo is lacking the fancy features of some of our newer models – but that doesn’t mean it’s missing the essential comforts you need for your road trip.  

All the cars in our El Cheapo range are 4- or 5-door, with air conditioning, ABS brakes, central locking, and power steering. You can also bang out some classic Kiwi tunes (Fat Freddy’s Drop, anyone?) on the FM radio.  

Driving past New Zealand’s stunning scenery while singing along to the radio? Don’t mind if we do! 

  • Air conditioning
  • FM radio
  • Power steering
  • Central locking
  • ABS brakes
Additional extras
  • GPS satellite navigation
  • Snow chains
  • Child and baby seats
  • Ferry tickets
  • Picnic tables and chairs
  • Additional driver
Included with vehicle
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • AA breakdown assistance
Vehicle: Nissan Tiida or Similar
Seats: 5x seatbelts
Body style: 4-door sedan or 5-door hatch
Luggage: 1 large, 1 small
Engine size: 1.2-1.6 litre
Fuel usage: +/- 7L / 100km
Fuel type: petrol
Transmission: automatic



Daily rate

 $25 $20  $0
AA 24/7 breakdown assistance  ✔
Glass and tyre cover
Front/back/side panel damage
Single vehicle rollover damage
Roof damage
Claims administration fee $0 $0 $75
Bond required* $0 $0 $2500

*If using a debit card, a $300 security bond is required even with Stress Free & Stress Free Plus.

Please note:

  • For hires of 51 days and over, a maximum of 50 days excess reduction premium will be charged.
  • It is the hirer’s responsibility to collect accurate third party details in the event of an accident, regardless of what excess reduction cover you have taken, and regardless also of fault.
  • If Stress Free Plus excess reduction is not taken, and roof/rooftop pod damage or single vehicle rollover incident occurs, a charge of up to $5,000 will apply to cover damage to the JUCY vehicle and any third party vehicle and/or property.
  • If Risk Taker excess reduction is chosen:
    • A bond to cover the excess will be authorised for security on the hirer’s credit card for the duration of the rental, even if you have alternative insurance with another provider.
    • The amount authorised will automatically be released back onto your credit card within 7 - 14 working days, this will also vary depending on your bank’s conditions.
    • All or part of this bond will be claimed by JUCY in the event of an accident and will be retained until the value of the damage is determined. Any balance between the bond and the damage cost will be returned as soon as is practical.
    • Any costs to repair damage caused by a third party may not be recoverable as insurance is not compulsory in New Zealand.
  • If the hirer is on Stress Free or Stress Free Plus and doesn’t have a credit card and is providing a debit card at the time of pickup, JUCY will hold a $300 security bond to cover any infringements and/or charges that may occur whilst on hire e.g. Tolls, speeding fines, cleaning fees, camping fines etc.
  • JUCY’s excess reduction options are null and void if any of the Rental Agreement terms and conditions are breached, in which case you will be liable for the full cost of damage. For more information please see JUCY Ts & Cs.

Other car options

Travel New Zealand in a JUCY El Cheapo car

If you’ve been living on baked beans and toast to save up for your travels, you’ll be relieved to learn that our El Cheapo cars are not only affordable but also reliable.  

Unlike home brand baked beans, we’re not going to give you an inferior product. Our El Cheapos are simply older, with a fair few kilometres on the clockWe love our El Cheapos so much, our maintenance crew are regularly spotted giving them the TLC they have earned in service.  
As there are five seatbelts, you can decide if you want to share your El Cheapo adventures with your mates or enjoy the space (and control of the radio) for yourself. Our low-cost pricing means both options are available. Yay! 

There’s A/C, power steering, and ABS brakes, too. That means you can handle our roads with ease.  

Whether you’re exploring New Zealand’s hip cities, tiniest towns, or the mountains, lakes, and attractions in-between, your trusty El Cheapo vehicle will be with you every wheel-turn of the way.  

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