Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 737 times:
Do you guys think it's fair to charge almost 100% of the daily rental rate as an "age surcharge" for drivers 21-24 years of age? I think it's ridiculous to charge two people drastically different prices for what is in essence the same product. I don't even know how they get away with it in a legal sense. So they have proven that young people are more prone to being involved in an accident...does that give the the right to age discriminate?
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 730 times:
...Which I think is wrong also. It's price gouging as far as i'm concerned. Heck I rented a U-Haul truck the other day and wasn't charged a surcharge, and i'd say one of those trucks is harder and more dangerous to drive than a daewoo lanos.
KAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 713 times:
Yes, it is unfair, but on the other hand, they are giving you a $10,000(?) car to play with. Like insurance companies, rental car companies look at risk factors, and statistically the under 25 set have more. I'm not making a judgement on the truth of that, but it is a widely accepted/held thought.
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Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 55 Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 701 times:
It goes further than that. there have been cases of young drivers renting high perfromance vehicles simply to drive them like maniacs and then write them off, safe in the knowledge that all they have to pay is the excess. That's the reason some locations won't rent to young drivers at all. Harsh on the responsible ones, yes, but a fact of life.
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 690 times:
Insurance companies charge the rental companies more because youngsters are much more likely to be involved in accidents.
Rental companies pass that cost (plus usually a bit extra to cover their own extra paperwork if you damage the vehicle) on to the person renting the car.
It's only fair that they do so, and it's only fair that insurance companies charge groups who are more likely to have accidents more.
Insurance rates are also higher in some parts of the country than in others depending on the risk the car will get damaged or stolen.
That too will be passed on by most rental companies (though some may have nationwide pricing policies, which will simply charge the maximum amount to everyone).
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 685 times:
Some rental car companies have even gone as far as to put devices in their cars that alert them to when the car is being driven more than 10 miles of the speed limit, and they then charge the customer's credit card for for speeding fine.
Hole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 683 times:
I worked for a Rental Car Company, and I can tell you that that fee is just.
Many people between those ages used the car, and it came back all screwed up and dirty beyond what a normal car should be. You damn well bet we force charged their credit car cos it took three times as long to clean the car.
Besides, that rate is there for young people who work for companies that want them to have a car when they travel. That's why it's so high. If it wasn't such a necessity, the company would have the age limit at 25.
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