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Rental Car Surcharges

Thu Mar 06, 2003 2:05 pm

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?
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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Thu Mar 06, 2003 2:08 pm

It is not different than the insurance companies charging more for drivers under the age of 25.
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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Thu Mar 06, 2003 2:17 pm

...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.
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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Thu Mar 06, 2003 3:42 pm

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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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Fri Mar 07, 2003 3:33 am

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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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Fri Mar 07, 2003 4:34 am

Actually, they do that to keep insurance costs down. Nothing more, nothing less.

However in New York it has been ruled unconstitutional to discriminate certain age groups, therefore you can rent at 18. However be expected to pay around $75 a day extra.....

Only makes sense if you have gov't orders where the fee is waived....
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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Fri Mar 07, 2003 4:57 am

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).
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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Fri Mar 07, 2003 5:35 am

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.
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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Fri Mar 07, 2003 5:47 am

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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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Fri Mar 07, 2003 6:16 am

Although this is not exactly about surcharges, I think you will find it interesting.

As a crew member, I recieve discounts for rentals, hotels, etc..

My wife an I arrived at SLC for a short visit to oue eldest son, and his family. I went to the Dollar counter and told the sweet young thing that I wanted a car for 2 days. What have you?

She showed me a special, rent a Cadilac for 7 days, but only pay for 5 days rental. Nice, said I but sweetie, I only want if for 2 days, capish?

Well Captain, she said, turn it back after 2 days and you will owe nothing, except the tax, which was 8%.

Hmmm. I told her that Zero times 8% was zero.

She busied herself with the computer, and said "RIGHT! You are SO smart."

I asked her if she would be here in 2 days. Yes indeed, she asured me. I took it, spent 2 days driving it, and when I returned, I fell in her line. No charge.

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RE: Rental Car Surcharges

Fri Mar 07, 2003 6:31 am

Really, Srbmod? I had one of those new Altimas last week and I was doing the better part of 120 mph with that thing.....

Uh oh...... Does that mean they found out?

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