EuroPL From Canada, joined Mar 2008, 62 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9441 times:
My friends and I will be vacationing in Los Angeles in a few weeks, and we wanted to rent a car for a few days. I called a few companies (Hertz, Entreprise) and obviously being under 25 (21 to be exact) I got plenty of surcharges in my quote. I was wondering whether there is a place out there that will rent me a car, and I don't have to pay a fortune. The dates I am looking for are: Aug 27 3pm (pickup) & Aug 31 6pm (dropoff), I am also willing to P/U the car on the morning of the 28th if it is a huge difference in price. I have a valid Canadian Driver Licence.
Max550 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9430 times:
I've never rented a car in California, but I've rented them in several other states before I was 25 and never had much of a problem.
I almost always used Enterprise, the only time they ever gave me a problem was when I was renting a van to go to Philly during an ice storm. They made me buy the insurance but I would have bought it anyway with the weather the way it was. I would have preferred if they hadn't rented it to me that time though, since I was stuck on the highway for 8 hours after they shut it down.
Dc-9-10 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 585 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9401 times:
Here is what I would do. Go on the Enterprise (or any other company) website and find the closest off airport property and call that location direct about a reservation. While making the call let them know under no circumstances will you pay the under 25 fee. If they don't budge call the next closest Enterprise and try again. I have done this once with Enterprise and have found that the individual locations have more discretion about waiving the fee (and will often waive the fee because of high sales pressures at those locations). The key is to call off airport property locations. Hopefully this will help you avoid the annoying under 25 fee.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9323 times:
Enterprise usually has the lowest underage fee. I know that National and Avis, who my company has a contract with, charges $25/day for an under-25 fee (luckily our contract waives is, because I started renting cars with them at 22 and never had to pay it). On my personal trips, I would always rent Enterprise before I was 25 because the underage fee was like $5-10/day, as opposed to the $25. Now that I am 25, I go for National
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9323 times:
Quoting Dc-9-10 (Reply 2): Here is what I would do. Go on the Enterprise
Enterprise would be the absolute worse place to go. They have the most fees, most stripped down models and are notorious for changing their agreements when you return the vehicle. I can see them really trying to rip off EuroPL because of his age.
GQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9298 times:
Checkmark on Budget. I rented from them two days after my 25th birthday (last month, as it were), and they were very decent. Rather cheap, and the car had free Sirius radio. Hell, he didn't even say much about me just being 25, other than a "Oh...cool...happy birthday."
IH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1143 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9288 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 8): Oh, if you are going to be driving around LA, I *strongly* recommend a GPS device, preferably one that has traffic reporting. Smile
I second that. Getting used to driving in LA was made considerably easier for me by the fact that I didn't also have to worry about taking the wrong turning and ending up lost - there are places in any large city where you really don't want to get lost, and LA is no exception. I had originally not planned to rent a sat-nav (I was determined not to give Avis $70 for the week's rental), but when asked about it when picking the car up in SFO I got over my scepticism and took it; it was a wise decision.
I was 22 at the time, advance-booked (and paid for) a group D car (2 door standard - was one of the cars that you could rent under 25) and was told at the time of booking (from the UK) that I'd have to pay a young driver surcharge on picking the car up. I arrived at SFO and the car of my choice wasn't available - I made a fuss and was upgraded to a Ford Edge free of charge, and I wasn't charged the young driver surcharge for the week's rental!
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DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9260 times:
Quoting SW733 (Reply 9):
Save the money, here's the report: They all suck and it will take 3 hours to get from Sepulveda to Sunset Smile
Quoting IH8BY (Reply 10):
I second that. Getting used to driving in LA was made considerably easier for me by the fact that I didn't also have to worry about taking the wrong turning and ending up lost -
Oh, and your GPS-enabled phone isn't gonna cut it, unless you can clip it to the windshield and have it give you real-time directions with pronounced street names. You REALLY need your eyes on the road in LA.
EuroPL From Canada, joined Mar 2008, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9224 times:
Thanks for all the responses. Much appreciated.
As of now, I have an off-airport reservation for $131 USD for 4 days with Enterprise. I called around, in the end they offered the best price for my needs. The fact that they pick you up, and unlimited mileage, is a plus as well.
The GPS is something I will look into as well, since it will be my first time in Los Angeles, i'm sure it will help.