If you’re under the age of 25 and have tried to rent a vehicle, you may have suffered through higher daily rates, or found yourself unable to rent at all. Why is that?!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers who are younger than 25 years of age are much more likely to get into an accident than older drivers. After age 25, the crash rate decreases dramatically and continues to decrease until the driver reaches 85. In fact, you may have noticed that some rental car companies have age restrictions on the opposite end of the spectrum too, setting the rental cut-off age at 70 or 7, based on insurance company mandates.
Because younger drivers statistically get into more auto accidents than others, rental companies may choose not to rent to younger drivers. But, that’s not the case for all companies. Many of our country’s big brands are more than willing to rent to younger drivers (age 21 and up), for an additional underage fee. They may also restrict the types of vehicles that can be rented (sorry, luxury vehicles are off limits!).
New York and Michigan permit drivers to rent vehicles at the age of 18, but it’s extremely expensive until you reach the age of 21. So, is there any way to save, or is suffering through expensive fees simply part of the game until you reach your 25th birthday? Car Rental 8 recommends 3 tips for saving under the age of 25:
Utilize CarRental8.com, rather than shopping at an individual location. We represent all of the major car rental companies and will compare the prices for you. Car Rental 8 negotiates contracts with major car rental suppliers and passes the savings on to you by using online technology to manage the reservation process. Join The Car Rental 8 Gr8 Club for limited time offers and special savings.
If traveling on business, ask your employer about a corporate or group membership. They may get group savings with a particular car rental company, or have an arrangement for waiving underage fees for their employees.
Whether you fall into the 21-24 age bracket, or 25 and up, remember to bring along the necessary documentation when you rent a vehicle. All drivers in the United States will need to show a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
Don’t forget that in addition to individual rental car company policies, different countries have different policies surrounding age. If traveling internationally be sure to see how the policies will apply in the area you will be visiting.