Rental Car Agencies Charge Under Aged Drivers More

By: Amy Nutt

When you are traveling, there are many things to think about and do before you leave for your destination. You have to pre-plan a lot of services and book flights, hotel rooms, rental cars and more before you even leave your home. There is a lot to do and a lot to think about, but it is always better to do these things before you leave so that you can fully enjoy your vacation. No one wants to arrive at their vacation destination only to find out that there are no rental cars available!

In the last few years car rental agencies have tightened up their rules and regulations quite a bit. A few years ago anyone could rent a car as long as they had their drivers' license and were over the age of eighteen. Today however, a lot of rental companies have put some stipulations on the class of the renter's license and also on the age of the renter.

A lot of car rental companies now have the rule that a driver has to be at least twenty five years of age and carry a full license to be able to rent one of their vehicles. This limits their business a little bit, but they feel that there will be less accidents involving their rental cars this way. At some agencies this rule is bent a bit; for example, the renter can be under twenty five, but they still have to have their full license, or they have to be over the age of twenty five but don't have to have their full license.

Many rental agencies that do not have these rules will actually charge more for drivers that are younger than twenty five or drivers that do not yet possess their full license. This extra charge can be anywhere from an extra twenty dollars to an extra one hundred dollars! Basically, a lot car rental companies are being more careful with younger drivers. Sometimes they will also request that the renter supply a credit card before they can rent a car.

Most people expect that there could be an age limit on younger drivers who are looking to rent a car for a few days, but not many people realize that rental agencies are also putting age limits on senior citizens. Many times senior citizens tend to slip under the radar with these types of regulations, but some rental companies are now including them in their age standards. They tend to actually be stricter with older drivers than with younger drivers! At some rental places, if you are over their set age limit, you can forget about renting a car from them. At other places, if you are over a certain age you will have to pay an extra charge to acquire rental services from them.

There are still many car rental agencies that do not yet have these rules and regulations set up, and anyone can rent a car from them with no worries of extra charges and fees.

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