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Renting A Car In The US Under 21  
User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9340 times:

Hi

Next month i am going to Santa Barbara for week. Now to get around i think i will need a car. So is it possible to rent a car being only 20 years old? I could bring my own insurance policy which says im basically covered for everthing.

Thanks alot for your help.

Tom

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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9337 times:

Probably won't happen. If you were a US citizen, and could prove you had full coverage on your vehicle you did own...Then some companies MIGHT rent to you. But I severely doubt you would be allowed to rent. Sorry.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9332 times:

Did you try looking at the respective Rental Car company web sites......????


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User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1581 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9319 times:

Most companies AFAIK won't accept any other insurance apart from their own.

I can't think of anyone that would allow a 20 yr old to drive a rental car.

Maybe http://www.rentawreck.com/ ?

Mark



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9313 times:

You'll probably have to look into smaller rental car agencies. Typically, the bigger agencies (Avis & Hertz) won't allow renters under the age of 26 never mind 21.


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User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9277 times:

Unfortunately, you probably won't have luck, especially not being an American citizen. The car companies don't really care what type of insurance you have..they will still enforce the age 25 rule except in certain circumstances such as a job related trip (you would need proof from a company) or something like that. Even then I think they cut it off at 21. You could try enterprise, I have heard that they are a bit less stringent with the age 25 requirement, however they will hit you with severe additional fees and I think they only go down to 21 as well.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9272 times:

well, I am a member of rental car company Budget's program called "Fastbreak" & "PerfectDrive" PerfectDrive program is now discontinued... anyway, I am sure of age requirement to rent a car: 25. They do ask for my driver's license EVERY TIME -- I see them putting my birthdate from my driver's license on their reservation computer system. Strictly enforced!


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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9265 times:

below 21 is a no hoper, some companies however let those between 21 and 25, but they do charge a higer premium, try Enterprise


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9263 times:

I've seen some companies that rent to under 21 - it's mostly small companies though...the majors start at 21 minimally.

Jeff


User currently offlineAdam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9254 times:

If you can get to LAX or SAN, you can rent from Atwest car rental. You have to provide your own insurance.

http://www.atwestcarrental.com/

Adam



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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4278 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9250 times:

Try Advantage Rental. Also, at 21 Enterprise/National allowed me to rent. There will be a rather sizeable "under 21 fee." It is usually $20-$35 extra per day.

Texan



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User currently offlineSpirtofalaska From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 192 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9237 times:

yup, rent a wreck will have to be your choice, if they will even let you do it, give them a call, or send them an email.

-Todd



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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9225 times:

I am 23 and have been renting cars since 21. The fee is usually $10-$15 per day extra, it does vary though--NY is usually significantly higher if they allow a rental at all. Hertz does not rent to below 25 at all. I have rented BMWs from Enterprise and Mercedes from Benzo rental in Vegas all between 21-23.


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User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9183 times:

Alamo Rent-a-car will hook you up. They rented to me under 21 and I have been loyal to them ever since.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26499 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9157 times:

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 4):
Typically, the bigger agencies (Avis & Hertz) won't allow renters under the age of 26 never mind 21.

It is under 25. Most large companies, particularly Alamo and Dollar, will rent to 21-25 for a 5-10 dollar per day premium and 18-21 for 15-25 a day extra.



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