Should You Go Automatic Or Manual?

Monday, July 12th, 2021

We’re all about choice at New Zealand Rent A Car. Check out our extensive vehicle fleet and you’ll see what we mean. And if you were to take a closer look, you’ll discover that we offer you a choice between manual and automatic transmission vehicles where we can. To many of our customers, that’s a choice they appreciate.

A lot of our clients prefer a manual transmission rental car because it gives them a complete driving experience. These are the sort of people who just love to drive and a manual vehicle where they are responsible for changing gears is a big part of the fun. They’re in control, and that’s what they want!

There’s another school of thought about manual vehicles, and that is they’re more fuel-efficient than automatics. This argument might have held more water some years ago but modern automatic vehicles now have more gears and can perform at peak efficiency for longer, which reduces fuel consumption. As a result, they’re much more fuel-efficient than ever before. But some people still hold onto their belief that manuals are cheaper to run, fuel wise, and that is why they choose such vehicles when renting from us. If a manual vehicle is available, we’ll happily oblige.

On the other hand, there are some people who don’t have the same passion for driving as others. They want to make it easy to get to where they’re going, and that is why an automatic transmission rental car is their first choice. Autos are widely accepted as being easier to drive, and that is a big advantage if you’re navigating your way through a big city you’re unfamiliar with. You can concentrate more on finding your way around and handling the traffic all around you without worrying about when to change gears.

Out of the city, an automatic can also be a better choice and this is particularly true on New Zealand’s hilly and windy roads. An auto transmission allows you to keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times so you will feel more in control while you concentrate on the challenging twists and turns. This might be something to consider if you’re hiring a vehicle and venturing into terrain you’ve never encountered before. While you might be comfortable driving a manual, you might feel even more comfortable behind the wheel of an automatic transmission rental when the roads and conditions become tricky.

Whatever you prefer to drive and regardless of your budget, we are the rental car company that gives you a choice. That’s what we’re all about! So contact us today and we’ll help you travel in style.

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