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    Car Rental Under 25

    There are many programs and activities worldwide geared specifically towards attracting the attention of enthusiastic young travelers. Don't miss out on these life-changing opportunities! With over 60 years of industry experience, Auto Europe can help travelers of all ages book rental cars, as well as, book private drivers for hire. No matter what your travel requirements may be, Auto Europe has got you covered! Our wealth of knowledge will have renters under 25 confident in what to expect for fees, insurance, and tips to save money on your car rental. Find all this info and more below!

    Auto Europe's team of travel experts are here with the facts on car rental age requirements so you can make an informed decision when arranging an international car rental for your next trip and save money with a cheap rate when renting a car under 25 years of age.

    Which suppliers will rent a car to travelers under 25 years old?

    Travelers are able to compare rates for young drivers with a number of the most recognizable and reliable suppliers across the globe. Renting a car to drivers under the age of 25 is fairly common and not too difficult for travelers planning a trip to Europe. There are age restrictions in certain countries, such as Ireland, and the UK, so be sure to check out our rental age requirement table for a more inclusive list of European Countries with their minimum and maximum rental age requirements. Drivers should also be aware that many suppliers will restrict the fleet options for those looking to book a car under the age of 25. Drivers as young as 18 will be able to choose between economy, compact, and some mid-size car and SUV rental options dependent upon their final destination. Book confidently with suppliers such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, National, Sixt, Thrifty and more! Learn more about each supplier and the different options for young drivers by clicking the logos below.

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    What is a Young Driver Surcharge?

    If you are hoping to book a car rental under 25 years of age, you will typically be categorized on any continent as a "young driver" and will likely incur a young driver surcharge. A young driver surcharge is the fee set by car rental companies that is applied to your credit card when your rental car is returned. Auto Europe will advise you if there is a maximum threshold in place with your car rental supplier as well, so you can plan ahead to have the appropriate funds available.

    **Please be advised that the young driver surcharges, just like an additional driver fee, is assessed as a per person charge. If you are contemplating having more than one driver and you all fit in the young driver age category, you'll each be obligated for the young driver surcharge plus each additional driver will be obligated for either a daily charge or a flat fee depending on the car rental company.

    Who determines the minimum age to rent a car?

    The minimum rental car age is mandated by the country. Next, the individual car rental companies can choose to keep that minimum or increase the minimum car rental age. For example, the minimum car rental age in Germany is 18, but the car rental companies are only required to use that as their base age.

    Are there restrictions on the rental fleet for young drivers?

    A car rental under 25 years of age can also affect the variety of fleet categories available according to the regulations of each car rental company. Your options to rent larger car categories, luxury vehicles and sports cars may be limited, or refused due to car rental minimum age requirements.

    Are there specific insurance requirements for renters under 25?

    As you're creating your car rental reservation online with Auto Europe, or speaking with one of our car rental reservation agents, it's important to provide the correct age of the primary driver who will be listed on the voucher. This is because select car rental companies may also have different car rental insurance standards for young drivers. For example, while older drivers might be able to take basic car rental insurance and use a credit card for the inclusive insurance coverage (collision damage waiver and theft protection), as a young driver, you may be required to take the inclusive insurance rate. Refer to Auto Europe's car rental insurance travel tips to learn more about basic, inclusive and optional car rental insurance requirements and availability.

    Are there requirements on how long I must have had my drivers license?

    Most car rental agencies have rules in place that require aspiring car renters to have held their license for a span of at least one year from the date of issue. If you're planning to rent a car in Ireland your license needs to have been held for 2 years. Auto Europe can also advise if you will be required to have an international driver's permit along with your driver's license to rent a car.

    How can I save money on my rental if I am under 25?

    The simplest solution to reducing your car rental costs to a cheaper rate is if you have someone in your travel group that is over the age 25 and willing to be the sole driver. If you're all under 25, you can still decide to delegate the driving to one person and defray the cost of the additional driver and young driver surcharge.

    Call us to Book a Car Rental if you are Under 25Another economical alternative to finding a cheaper rate is if you're traveling for 21 days or longer, Auto Europe has formed a partnership that provides factory-new vehicles is a Peugeot Car-2-Europe program to travelers 18 years and up! Are you trying to book a car rental under 21? A short-term car lease is a great option for young drivers because it alleviates many additional costs that might be applied.

    Now that you're more familiar with the options available regarding international rental car age requirements, it's time to create your car rental reservation! Auto Europe offers travel resources on a variety of subjects that you can easily reference and when you're ready. Our online booking engine is a safe, secure and simple way to confirm your car rental! If you still have questions about arranging a car rental under 25, contact our 24-hour call center and speak with Auto Europe's travel team. Our toll-free number is 1-888-223-5555.