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Think You’re Too Young to Rent a Car? Car Rental Age Secrets Revealed

The Truth About Car Rental Age

Many travelers, particularly travelers originating in the United States, hold a firm belief that car rental age is a factor that will prevent them from being able to travel internationally; at least with the help of a rental car. Fortunately, car rental age does not play as large a role as many people believe it does. If you are young and you are considering a trip abroad or taking a vacation somewhere where you may need to rent a car, do not by dismayed by thoughts of being too young. This is not an issue at all for individuals who happen to be over 25 years of age, but for younger drivers it can prove to be a slight hassle.

Booking a Car Rental Under 25

Contrary to popular belief, booking a car rental under 25 is not a big deal in many international settings. While, in the United States, this is a factor that prevents many people from procuring a rental car, many other countries do not take car rental age requirements as seriously. After the age of 25, international car rental is not going to be an issue. Prior to that age, however, it can be difficult (and more expensive) to plead your case for a car rental, which is where the expertise of Auto Europe comes in.

Arranging a car rental under 21 is another topic we’ve covered thoroughly. One of the issues with the age group between 18 and 21 is the fact that you are both an adult, but not always treated as such. This means that in some countries you are able to do things that you cannot do in others. One thing is for sure, though, your life is brimming with excitement and opportunity. Whether you are utilizing foreign travel for a study abroad program, teaching English, looking into a WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms) program, or simply going on vacation, it pays to have the freedom to travel when and where you please.


Once you hit 21, however, some new doors open up. Though there is still a slight stigma which is associated with renting a vehicle, it is definitely possible. The only issue is that there is a slight surcharge which is going to be charged a “young driver” fee each day (typically with a maximum cap) you have the vehicle. Other rental car fees can be applied if other drivers will be utilizing the vehicle as well. This fee, of course, is not standard. It varies company to company, country to country, and driver to driver. Even so, this is a great way to get around the way that you want to and a car rental will provide you with the freedom to follow your opportunity wherever it may go.

Rental car age isn’t even much of a factor for people who have just turned 18 years old. 18 is still a relatively young age for car rental, even internationally. Even so, you will be able to find plenty of places to get a rental car. As discussed before, this is going to provide you with the most flexibility in your travels. As a young adult, it can be difficult to come to grips with the fact that you have to give up control of things during your trip. This can make utilizing public transportation and following schedules that have been set by other people a relatively difficult task for many people. Car rental under 25, 21, or 18 is simply not a big deal, so try not to make it one or over think things.

Why Your Age Isn’t As Important As You Think

Many people live their lives, and make many decisions, based on assumptions that they have about things. After living through adolescence which has a consistent message of, “You are not old enough to do that,” it can be extremely difficult to break through that line of thought and realize that it is no longer true. Internationally, most car rental companies are more apt to recognize the freedom that comes with becoming an adult. They are also very capable of recognizing that, as an adult, you have increased levels of responsibility in your life. This responsibility can bring with it the ability to do new things like renting a car. Even so, it is important to do your research to make sure that you fully understand what you are doing prior to entering into a car rental contract.

Here are some of the brief issues that you may have to consider, if you are trying to rent a car under the age of 25:

  • Insurance – The age of the driver is going to play a role in the cost of any insurance plans that have to be put onto the vehicle.
  • Vehicle Choice – The availability of certain vehicles will depend on the age of the driver. Options for larger vehicles like van rentals and sports cars may be limited, but Auto Europe will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Licensing – Many car rental companies will hold a firm policy that anyone who is renting a vehicle from them will have to have held a driver’s license for at least one year prior to the date of the vehicle rental. In some countries, this length of time could be up to two full years.

Hassle-Free Car Rentals for All Ages

Whether you are trying to travel to a neighboring country, or you are embarking on a journey abroad, forget your worries about car rental age and start thinking about where you want to travel instead. Lean on Auto Europe, a travel industry leader, to help you find the perfect car rental to suit your travel needs regardless of your age. Your booking experience will be quick and easy and can be done online in just three steps. Reservations can also be made by calling us toll-free 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555.

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