Rental Cars NZ – About USAVE

USAVE Car & Truck Rentals is a New Zealand owned and operated family rental car business. The company was originally established over 20 years ago to offer an alternative service to the more expensive multi-national rental car operators. Originally part of the Strong Group of Companies which has extensive interests in the motor trade, USAVE has been managed by father and son team Bruce and Andrew Strong since 1997. Bruce retired in 2016 to pursue other interests and the company is now headed by Andrew Strong.

We have five handy New Zealand car rental locations, with two depots in Auckland, an agent in Palmerston North, a branch in Christchurch and an agent in Dunedin, our newest rental car location, servicing the lower South Island. Our New Zealand hire vehicles are well maintained and presented by our own team of mechanics and groomers. As a family owned company, we are committed to high service standards and excellent value for money for our customers.

Meet The USAVE Team

Our dedicated team has a wide range of experience and knowledge in rental cars, New Zealand tourism, motoring and finance. We love the international flavour of our industry and being part of the holidays of people from all over the world.

Rental Cars NZ - Andrew StrongAndrew Strong (Managing Director)

Andrew and father Bruce joined forces in 1997 to manage USAVE together until Bruce’s retirement in 2016. Andrew speaks Japanese and has a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Marketing and began his working career in banking. Andrew has been a Director of NZ rental car companies for more than twenty years. Andrew loves following the rugby, cricket and various motorsports and is keen on hunting, fishing and motorcycling (both sports and adventure bikes).

Rental Cars NZ - Murray EsauMurray Esau (Auckland City Manager)

Murray joined the USAVE management team in 2002 and has had a wide experience in the motor trade. Murray is a qualified mechanic and has previously owned and operated his own rental car company. Murray is keen on the outdoors with a special interest in fishing and is only too happy to help anybody with advice of where to fish.

Rental Cars NZ - Juan Gutierrez GalvezJuan Gutierrez (Auckland Airport Manager)

Juan joined the management team at USAVE in 2016. Juan has over 10 years experience in the industry, previously as a branch Manager and then area Manager with one of the multi-national companies. Juan is really enjoying the change from a corporate business to a family owned and operated operation. Juan is originally from Peru and speaks Spanish. Juan is a father to 3 children under the age of 5 (including twins!) so has a busy work and home life.

Rental Cars NZ - Melissa KalotapuMelissa Kalotapu (Christchurch Manager)

Melissa (Mel) started with USAVE in Customer Services in Auckland in 2001 and was promoted to Manager of our Christchurch branch in 2005. Mel is a qualified teacher and loves the outdoors. Outside of work Mel is kept busy with an active young family that has many sporting and cultural interests.

Find out what our clients have to say about USAVE and read our New Zealand car hire philosophy.

Check out our extensive range of New Zealand hire vehicles and grab a great deal with USAVE.

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