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    All About Renting a Car Under 25

    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! Auto Europe has been renting cars for over 60 years, 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 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. Drivers should 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.

    The three examples below are for compact car rentals in Germany from three different car rental companies. You can view similar details when you click on the option for product information that's listed next to the sample picture of each vehicle on the results that populate on the second screen after you've entered your travel criteria.

    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 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 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.

    How to Rent a Car Under 25

    In most locations renting a car under 25 years old is possible, but it will often come at a cost. A young driver surcharge will usually be added to your daily rate to reflect the additional risk rental car companies see in renting to a less-experienced driver. It doesn't take much extra time to rent a car as a 25 year old, and you can book online or over the phone with Auto Europe in 5-15 Minutes depending upon the complexity of your itinerary and how many rental options you would like to explore. The cost to rent a car under 25 years old will vary depending upon the particular details of your rental agreement. A young driver surcharge in most locations will be in the range of $5.50-23 additional dollars per day.

    Items You'll Need to Rent a Car Under 25
    • A credit card
    • A valid driver's license
    • Enough money to afford the standard rental fee plus the young driver surcharge

    Steps to Rent a Car Under 25 Years Old
    1. Preparing to Rent a Car Under 25
    • Step 1 - Determine your travel dates and budget.
    • Step 2 - Visit on your computer or smartphone or call our reservation team toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555.
    • Step 3 - Uncheck the "Driver Age 25-69" field on the search box or inform our phone agent that you are under 25 years of age.
    • Step 4 - Search Inventory for your selected travel dates in your travel destination (either at an airport or rail station, or search inventory in an entire city).
    2. Selecting Your Vehicle and Optional Insurance Coverage
    • Step 1 - Review the available vehicle choices.
    • Step 2 - Refine your search by selecting the best vehicle size, a highly-rated local supplier, or let your budget determine the best vehicle for you.
    • Step 3 - Select your vehicle, and then consider whether you want to add optional equipment (like a child seat, roof rack, etc.) or insurance coverage to reduce the deductible you would owe in the event of an accident or theft.
    3. Finalizing the Transaction
    • Step 1 - Confirm your booking by pre-paying for your rental car. You will need a credit card to complete the transaction.
    • Step 2 - Receive your confirmation voucher from Auto Europe with instructions about your pick-up location, dates, and the hours of operation of the local rental car office.
    4. Picking Up Your Vehicle
    • Step 1 - Note the location of the local car rental office on your voucher and make sure the office will be open when you arrive in your travel destination.
    • Step 2 - Have a copy of your Auto Europe booking voucher with you, along with the credit card you used to complete the booking, and your driver's license. It's optional, but obtaining an international driver's license before you leave is a good idea as well if you are traveling internationally.
    • Step 3 - Make your way to the rental car pick-up counter to check in and obtain your keys. It's a good idea to document the condition of your vehicle prior to leaving by taking photos of any existing damage (this can help you should the rental company claim that pre-existing damage was your fault when you return the vehicle at the end of your trip).
    • Step 4 - Confirm the drop-off location and time with the local rental car company prior to departing, so you know where to go (and when to get there) for a hassle-free return at the end of your trip.