How to Rent a Car When You Are Under 25
Most rental car companies allow drivers over age 21 to rent a vehicle. (Photo: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images )
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there are times when you need to rent a car. In the past, if you were under age 25 and needed a rental car, you were out of luck. Because younger drivers tend to be more inexperienced, rental-car companies often were reluctant to rent to them. Even now, most major rental-car companies rent to younger drivers only with the addition of a hefty daily fee. In some cases, the fees can almost double the overall cost of the car. However, if you have the available cash, the process for renting is the same as for any other age group.
Inquire with your company’s travel department or travel agent about corporate rental-car accounts if you’re traveling for business. In most cases, when you rent a car for work through a corporate account, the rental agency will waive the underage driver fee. Either ask your company’s travel department or travel agent to make the reservation for you, or make your own reservation using the information you receive.
Visit the website for the car-rental agency. Enter your information into the reservation form; in general, you’ll need the pickup and drop off locations, dates the car is needed and the size of the car you want to rent. Check the box indicating that you’re an underage primary driver.
Indicate whether you need any additional options for your rental car, such as insurance coverage or a GPS device. If you already have car insurance, your rental car may be covered under your insurance policy, in which case you don’t need to add the additional cost of the rental-car insurance.
Reserve your rental car. In most cases, you need to provide only your name, contact information and a credit card number to reserve the car. Your card is not charged until you pick up the car.
Pick up the car at the rental counter. Have your valid driver’s license and a credit card available.