When you turn 18, you are officially an adult. How exciting is that? You can get married, join the military, vote, and even buy a lottery ticket or two. Unfortunately, one thing we were taught is that you cannot rent a car. Shit, right? In fact, because of insurance, there is a myth that you have to be at least 25 years old to rent a car. If you are an adult at the age of 18, how is that true? Do you really have to wait until you are 25 to drive a rental car?
How old do you have to be to rent a car?
The whole “25 for rent” myth started years ago. The reason? Young drivers are less experienced and more likely to have an accident. Insurance companies have drawn the “invisible” line for many years at 25. So even if it was an ‘unwritten rule’ rental companies would charge 18-25 year olds an even higher rate.
According Hertz“Renters must be at least 20 years old to rent a vehicle in most locations in the United States and Canada. In Michigan, New York and the Province of Quebec, the minimum age to rent a vehicle is Age 18. In Alabama and Nebraska, the minimum age to rent a vehicle is 19.
So to answer this question, renting a car is going to be expensive up to 25 years and it’s going to be difficult. If you want to save some money, consider some of the alternatives. You can use public transport or ride-sharing services. If you want to rent a car, you’ll want to get quotes from different companies and compare before making a decision.
What are the best car rental options if you are under 25?
If you plan to drive in New York or Michigan, you need to be aware of certain state laws. If you have a valid driver’s license and are 18 or older, you can rent a car. The downside is that rental companies may add a young driver surcharge. Depending on the company, these supplements can cost you between $40 and $70 per day.
Now, if you’re in any of the other 48 states, there are rental companies that focus solely on the youth market. For example, Dollar Car Rental rents to drivers 20 and older. Another company, Fox Rent a Car, accepts 18-year-olds if they are active duty military on travel orders (or any licensed driver over 19). Many companies allow 18 year olds to rent a car if the rental is an “insurance replacement” while their vehicle is being repaired.
How much does it cost to rent a car?
Keep in mind that renting a car isn’t always the cheapest option, but sometimes it’s the most convenient. The average car rental price in the United States is around $604.59 per week. New Zealand, Argentina, Jamaica and Israel round out the top five, considering car rental and fuel costs, according to Car Rental News.
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