Under 25? Rent a Car Anyway
At 18 you can vote and at 21 you can legally imbibe… but even then – even after you’ve been a responsible driver for several years – renting a car can still be a somewhat more expensive proposition.
Because according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers who are younger than 25 are significantly more likely to get into accidents than older drivers. After age 25, the per-driver crash rate declines dramatically and continues to drop until the driver reaches 85.
That said, it’s actually NOT impossible – or even all that difficult – for younger drivers to rent a car. All you have to do is pony up a little bit more cash at the register, take your keys and hit the road.
Every local car rental office has their own set of rules, but in general, if you want to rent a car at Dollar and you’re younger than 25, here’s what you can expect:
A typical rental car. The Style Series cars like BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and Mini Coopers are strictly for the over-25 set, but don’t worry… the cars that are available to you young’ins are perfectly chic… just not “luxury” models.
An Under-age Driver fee. The charge varies by location, so check the Local Policies page of the rental location you’re considering.
The necessary documentation. Any driver, no matter how old (or young) they are will need to have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance before they can rent a car. In addition, authorized drivers may be subject to a driving record and license check with the DMV – just to ensure the drivers have a safe driving record.
Even if you’re under 25 and subject to Under-age Driver fees, you might be able to save a few bucks. So check the Specials page, talk to your insurance company, check in on discounts your membership organizations may provide (think alumni associations, professional associations, etc.) and see where you can cut corners and save on costs!