EuroPL
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Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:29 pm

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.
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:43 pm

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.
 
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:13 pm

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.

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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:58 pm



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

Any other as well?
 
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:27 pm

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
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:32 pm

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
 
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:35 pm



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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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:15 pm

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."
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:20 pm

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
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:30 pm



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
 
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:32 pm

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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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:12 am



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.
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EuroPL
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RE: Under 25, Renting A Car In Los Angeles

Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:47 am

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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