If you’re able to meet the requirements and are willing to pay a little extra, there are ways to get around the issue. Drivers are under the age of 24 are considered to be more of a liability. And there’s enough statistics to prove that younger drivers are more prone to auto accidents. Though car rental requirement may vary by state, meeting the rental requirements and presenting the right credentials will likely get you the vehicle you want.
Meet the Minimum Requirements
Before you attempt to rent a vehicle, inquire about the minimum age allowed. Seldom will car companies rent to people under the age of 25. But rental companies never rent to anyone under the age of 21. If you pass the age requirements, you’ll need to show proof of a valid driver’s license. You should also have a clean driving record. And you may also need to show proof of a preferred credit card. If you own a debit card, the rental company may require an advanced payment on the rental.
When you return the vehicle, you can expect them to debit your account if you’re made an over-payment. You’ll also need to show proof of liability insurance. If you don’t have your own insurance, rental companies may permit you to rent when showing proof that you’re named in your parents’ car insurance policy. Their insurance policy will cover liability and collision.
Conduct a Little Research on Rental Companies
If you’re under 24, it won’t hurt to conduct research on local car rental companies to learn about their policies. Find out if there’s a surcharge for drivers under the age of 24. A surcharge is an additional payment. This charge is added to the vehicle’s rental rate. The surcharge can sometimes be an additional 35 to $40 or more per day. Doing your homework may be able to save you money. Rental fees and requirements will always vary by state. For instance, New York and Michigan are the only states who’ve set the minimum rental age between 18 and 21.
Rent a Standard-Size Car
If you’re under the age of 24, fast cars may appeal to you. Just keep in mind that drivers under the age of 24 usually aren’t permitted to rent SUVs, luxury cars, or sports vehicles. Standard-size cars fare better on gas mileage too. You’ll be required to replace the gas you’ve used when you when returning the vehicle. If you don’t replace the gas, car rental companies will deduct the appropriate amount from your credit card.
Join a Car Rental Club
You may not always have to rent a car, but a car rental club membership may entitle you to future special savings and discounts. Check with your local area for enrollment details. Membership privileges may allow you to shop around for the best rental deal.
You may want to consider looking for car rental companies in a smaller town. Many offices in these local locations are independent, and some don’t adhere to binding corporate policies.