If you're between 18 and 21 years of age, you're in a group that is brimming with desirable travel opportunities! From study abroad programs and volunteer vacations, to WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and teaching English as a second language. Your youth and zest for life open doors everywhere and with these exciting possibilities you'll find further travel inspiration around every corner! A car rental is most ideal way to travel independently while you're abroad and Auto Europe is here to help ensure a little thing like car rental age requirements doesn't stand in your way!
A car rental under 21 is not an unreasonable request in theory, but there is still a global stigma associated with youth driving, and so each country and company has their own minimum rental car age requirements they strictly enforce.
Until you reach the age of 25, you are globally categorized as a "young driver," and young drivers are subject to young driver surcharges. This set fee is applied daily, typically with a maximum cap, that car rental companies charge to each person who takes the wheel and fits their individual company description of a young driver.
The young driver surcharge can vary greatly from country to country and also between car rental companies, so it is a good idea to cross-reference this information. Luckily, Auto Europe is diligent in our practices of providing this important detail as you are perusing your car rental search results! Simply click the product information linked text next to each photo of the car rental category vehicle and voile - you'll know in seconds exactly what each car rental company young driver policies are!
Here is a sample rental car comparison for a compact car in Rome, Italy, Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain from one car rental company that Auto Europe works with to give you an idea of the variances in young driver surcharges and car rental minimum age requirements.
The first example for Rome shows that drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 all fit the mandatory car rental age requirements and a daily fee of €19.40 per day will be charged for each young driver until the maximum daily cap is met (€390.40). The maximum fee in the third example from Barcelona is almost half of what is being charged in Italy, but the car rental minimum age is higher at 21.
You probably noticed that in the driver information boxes of the three examples above a daily fee for additional drivers is also assessed. Again, the fees vary drastically with the Rome driver fee maximum cap being the most exorbitant, while the highest rate you'd pay in Paris in this instance would be €56.00.
If you are weighing whether to add another driver for your trip, this fee is another financial factor to consider when you compare car rental rates.
As long as your car rental needs are for basic category car, we can almost always find an equitable solution with a little patience and compromise. If however, you are envisioning speeding along Germany's Autobahn in a sleek supercar, or turning heads by driving a luxury car through the streets of London, hold that thought. Fleet availability for a car rental under 21 years of age typically have more restrictions, particularly for specialty car rentals. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you don't see yourself making again, call Auto Europe's prestige department toll-free at 1-888-223-5555, where car rental dreams are made manifest!
In most instances when you're renting a car in Europe, you'll find the car rental insurance requirements for you are no more and no less than they would be for any other age group. There are some car rental companies, however, that will only allow you to rent a car if you take additional car rental insurance coverage. In Germany for instance there is a car rental company with whom a car rental under 21 years of age requires that you take an inclusive insurance rate, while another car company might allow you to use available credit card insurance.
Whether you create your car rental booking on Auto Europe's website, or use our toll-free number to make a reservation with one of our agents. When making your booking, be sure you provide the age of the primary driver at the time the car rental. It could make a difference in the additional fees if they happen to exceed the car rental minimum age requirements at that time, which will give you more travel funds to work with, or it might not make a financial impact at all, but it's important that the details are correct regardless.
To legally rent a car internationally, the minimum travel industry standard for a driver's license to be held is one year from the issue date. If you're renting a car in Ireland, you'd need to have held the driver's license for two years prior instead of one.
An international driving permit translates your driver's license information into several different languages. Depending on the country and supplier, an IDP may be required, or strongly advised. Check out Auto Europe's international driving permit page for further details on IDP requirements and where you should obtain one.
Are you ready to book your car rental? Auto Europe offers financial security to the DIY traveler who chooses to utilize our three-step car rental booking engine. If you have any questions about car rental services, Auto Europe car rental specialists are available 24-hours a day to assist you via our toll-free number, 1-888-223-5555.
A conventional car rental under 21 is one option for you to explore when planning a trip to Europe, a Peugeot monthly car rental is another! Factory-new Peugeot's are available for driver's 18 and up! You can travel to 40 European countries covered under the zero deductible insurance provided, with unlimited car rental mileage and no young driver surcharges. Sound good?