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Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles  
User currently offlineEuroPL From Canada, joined Mar 2008, 61 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8898 times:

Hey guys,

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.

P.S LAX pick up would be ideal, if not its ok.

Thanks in advance.
EuroPL

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User currently offlineMax550 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8887 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.


User currently offlineDc-9-10 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 584 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8858 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.

Dc-9-10


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8838 times:



Quoting EuroPL (Thread starter):
I have a valid Canadian Driver Licence.

Any other as well?


User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8788 times:

My under-25 year old goddaughter rented a car from Fox Car Rental at LAX a couple of months ago without any additional fee. Enjoy your visit to LA!!!

Source: https://www.foxrentacar.com/RentalPolices.aspx?@@=228195264@%C3%88%C3%87%C3%8B%C3%8B%C3%8D@%C3%88%C3%87%C3%8B%C3%8B%C3%8D&SID=5b8031d5-6c77-4648-a503-4ad626d713b3



"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6297 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8780 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  Smile

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39672 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8780 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.


Check out Rent-A-Wreck
http://www.rentawreck.com/default.htm

Unfortunately it's on Pico bl. which is about 10 miles north of LAX.
They are the most lenient.


For major rental places at LAX, try renting from Budget.
I've always had good experiences with Budget rental car at all of their locations, including LAX.



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8755 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."

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19369 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8752 times:

Check out SuperCheap car rental. They have very reasonable rates for young renters.

www.supercheapcarrental.com I think.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):

Check out Rent-A-Wreck
http://www.rentawreck.com/default.htm

Unfortunately it's on Pico bl. which is about 10 miles north of LAX.
They are the most lenient.

That's also an excellent idea. Can always grab a cab from LAX to the rental place.

I also recommend going to the CAA and getting an international drivers license issued. It probably won't be necessary, but it's US$15 that can potentially solve a major headache.

Oh, if you are going to be driving around LA, I *strongly* recommend a GPS device, preferably one that has traffic reporting.  Smile


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6297 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8745 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 8):
preferably one that has traffic reporting

Save the money, here's the report: They all suck and it will take 3 hours to get from Sepulveda to Sunset  Smile


User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8745 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!

[Edited 2009-08-04 15:33:47]


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19369 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8717 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.


User currently offlineEuroPL From Canada, joined Mar 2008, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8681 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.

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 3):

I have my way of getting things Smile

Thanks for all your help.

-EuroPL


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