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User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1801 times:

I'll be traveling to Seattle for a few days in December and am going to rent a car. I have never done this before so I have 3 questions maybe someone can help me out with.
1. Has anyone ever used Advantage Car Rental? I've never heard of them before now, but they seem to be all over the west. Their rates seem to be quite a bit lower then anyone else's.
2. I am 23 thus it appears as if I will have to pay the under 25 fee. I think its like an extra $20 a day which is crazy because the car is only about $20 a day before taxes. Is there anyway of avoiding this fee? I realize I am younger, but I have been driving for 7 yrs and its ridicules to have to pay so much more money.
3. Is the car rental insurance my credit card provides (Amex Blue) sufficient, where I do not need the rental insurance for the rental company?
Thanks for any information.

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Quoting Jaws707 (Thread starter):
2. I am 23 thus it appears as if I will have to pay the under 25 fee. I think its like an extra $20 a day which is crazy because the car is only about $20 a day before taxes. Is there anyway of avoiding this fee? I realize I am younger, but I have been driving for 7 yrs and its ridicules to have to pay so much more money.

Enterprise only charges $15 a day for for the 21-24 aged drivers, I believe...I've used them twice (I'm 21), no complaints whatsoever....



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7438 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1790 times:
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1 they are cheap b/c they nickel and dime you on the dings and scratches, so make sure you pay attention on that walk around when you pick it up.

2 avoid it by aging a few years or chalking your license, not that I endorse that. That's the way its been for ages.

3. Don't ask us, call your credit card co. Amex Blue to find out. If they cover it all you might be able to waive the extra insurance charges that Advantage will try to sell you. BUT since you are under 25, they might charge you anyway.


So the moral of the story is....if you call ADvantage and AMex Blue, your questions might be answered more accurately.



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

1. Yes. Same cars, same rules as all the others, but watch for them padding their low fees if you return the car without a full gas tank. They'll charge you $6 for a gallon of the stuff.

2. Nope. Under 25 rules apply I'm afraid.

3. (I thought there were only 2 questions  Smile ) Give Amex Blue a call and confirm. I know when I use my Visa Signature, I don't need the insurance the rental company offers. Just make sure that you stand firm and refuse - the rental company will try and tell you otherwise!


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

1) One of our travelers uses Advantage in PHX all the time and he says they are excellent.

2) No way out of it!

3) Check out the rules on Amex website. I'm pretty sure that you have enough coverage, but they do charge it back to your own insurance, so it's up to you whether or not you want to take the chance on jacking up your own insurance premiums if something happens to the rental car!


User currently offlineFlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
Just make sure that you stand firm and refuse - the rental company will try and tell you otherwise!

I like the idea of buying the insurance because you can just walk away. But I never purchase it as I rent about 2 cars a week.
If you ever wonder why they push the insurance, it's not because they care, it's because it's the rental car companies biggest profit maker. The agents make a commission and are looked favorably upon for the more they sell. Fact is, the rental car company already has insurance on your vehicle, it is just not to your benefit unless you pay for it.

P.S. Don't alter your license, it's fraud and it can really mess things up if you get caught.



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

Everyone's pretty much answered your questions, but just FYI, I've used Advantage here (Seattle) and they are fine. It's way way off airport, so give yourself plenty of time on your return, and as advised, make sure you're very thorough on the pre-rental walk around/damage assessment.


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User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

Right out of college I had to travel a lot for business. Being that I was under 25 I always got dinged with that under 25 fee. Until I was renting a car with Budget once and she told me that since I was on business they would waive the under age fee.

Might be worth mentioning.

I've never used Advantage. I'm a big believer in Enterprise. Their prices are good, a plethra of locations to choose from, good clean cars every time, and their people are friendly and much less robotic than anywhere else I've rented from.



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3432 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1736 times:
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What is Avis like in the States? I usually rent cars from them when I travel for business in South Africa.


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User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

Enterprise doesn't always charge the underage fee. I rent cars from them and I'm only 23. I think their airport locations might charge the fee but the neighborhood offices don't always. Call and check

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

I would note that Advantage and Enterprise may place limits on how far from the location you rented the vehicle from can be driven. From SEA, you may be limited to so many miles from SEA (like 150 miles), Washington state only, cannot be driven into Canada and so on. Check for that. Of course, if you only plan to be in the greater Seattle area only, like to go to the Boeing plant tour, that should be no problem.
If you are on a company's credit card on business, you will most likely pay the under 25 age fee.
With you AMEX Blue, it will only cover the Loss Damage Waiver/deductable (LDW) not the age supplement, but that can also save you much bucks.
Be aware that SEA has a stiff 9% airport car rental tax, on top of the State Sales tax, and other fees as well.


User currently offlineCharger From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

1) Advantage is fine but they do try to nickle and dime you

2) All car rental companies have extra fees for underage drivers. Nothing you can do about it.

3) Call AMEX and ask them. Also call your own insurance company as they might cover you also, I know mine does as long as I'm driving in the US.


User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

Thanks for all the info. That underage charge is still annoying me though. I can see having it for 21 and under, but I think 25 is a bit ridicules.

User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 8):
What is Avis like in the States?

Expensive!


User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

Quoting Charger (Reply 11):
2) All car rental companies have extra fees for underage drivers. Nothing you can do about it.

Not true. Some corporate rate plans exempt this. My company negotiated this away with Hertz. We're not huge, just 40 employees.


User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Interesting to read this, because I want to travel in the USA next year, and I'll be 23 too.

The rental rates for younger drivers seem excessive.

In europe there is no extra charge for younger drivers - companies either have a min age of 21 or 25 (about half allow 21+)


User currently offlineCharger From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

Quoting Pope (Reply 14):
Not true. Some corporate rate plans exempt this. My company negotiated this away with Hertz. We're not huge, just 40 employees.

The fee is still there, it was just negotiated out of the contract by your company.


User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

Quoting Charger (Reply 16):
The fee is still there, it was just negotiated out of the contract by your company.

I didn't say otherwise. You said that there was nothing that could be done. I demonstrated otherwise.


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