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How to Rent a Car Avoiding under 25 Fee

Good news is car rental companies rent cars to drivers that are under 25. Not so good news is all car rental companies charge under 25 fee. If you are a U.S. government employee on official government business, most rental companies will not charge the young driver fee.

It’s not possible to avoid Young Drivers Fee completely still you can compare all car rental companies fee to pay the minimum.

USA Car Rental Under 25 Fee, 2017

Enterprise Alamo Avis Budget Dollar Thrifty Hertz National Sixt
Minimum Rental Age 21 years 21 years 21 years 21 years 21 years 21 years 21 years 21 years 21 years
Vehicle Rental Restrictions May only rent Economy through Fullsize cars May only rent Economy through Fullsize cars No full-size & premium SUVs, Minivans, Passenger vans, Signature Series No luxury cars, minivan, passenger vans, speciality vehicle, full-size & premium SUVs Varies depending on location No premium, luxury, SUV, speciality, minivan, van, wagon, convertible, or pickup No Prestige Collection or no Adrenaline Collection cars May only rent Economy through Fullsize cars Varies depending on location
Young Driver Fee Under 25 $25 $25 $27 $27 $15-$35 $15-$35 $27-$30 $25 $15-$35
Michigan State Surcharge (18 to 20 years old) $40 $40 $41 $41 $48 $48 $48 $40 No Station in MI
Michigan State Surcharge (21 to 24 years old) $25 $25 $28 $28 $25-$28 $25-$28 $25-$28 $25 No Station in MI
New York State Surcharge (18 to 20 years old) $57 $57 $52 $52 $73 $73 $73 $57 No Station in NY
New York State Surcharge (21 to 24 years old) $20 $20 $35 $35 $35-$42 $35-$42 $35-$42 $20 No Station in NY

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The minimum age to rent a vehicle at most car rental locations in the United States and Canada is 21 years of age. Minimum age to rent a car in New York and Michigan State is 18 years of age.

Renting a car under 25 is possible with Enterprise, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz, E-Z Rent a car, Sixt and local companies.

Enterprise Under 25 Fee Terms

The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21 years of age; there is no maximum age restriction in the United States and Canada. See exceptions below.

  • A ‘Young Renter Fee’ may be applied to your rental, if you are between the ages of 21 and 24.
  • The average cost is approximately $20.00 per day but can be higher or lower based on the rental location.
  • Renters 21 through 24 years of age may only rent Economy through Fullsize cars

Exception: United States Government Employees — On Orders

  • A United States Government Employee can rent at 18 years of age, but must show the rental location his or her official orders.

Exception: Michigan

  • In Michigan, the minimum age to rent is 18 years of age as mandated by the state

Exception: New York State

  • In New York State, the minimum age to rent is 18 years of age as mandated by the state
  • Any driver 18–20 years of age will be charged an additional ‘Young Renter Fee’ of $57.00 per day
  • Any driver 21–24 years of age will be charged an additional ‘Young Renter Fee’ of $20.00 per day

Sixt Under 25 Fee Terms

A Young Driver Surcharge of between $14.99 and $35.00 per day, maximum of $279.98 per rental, applies for drivers between the ages of 21 to 24 in the United States.

Why am I charged under 25 fee?

A Young Driver fee (also called Under 25 or Underage fee) is a daily fee that compensates the rental car company for the extra risk of accidents when young renters (those under the age of 25) drive their vehicles. Statistically, drivers under the age of 25 are riskier. Accident rates decrease substantially after the age of 25, and the rental car companies cover this risk by charging a fee.

Is there a way to waive under 25 fee?

  1. If you are a U.S. government employee on official government business, most rental companies will not charge the young driver fee.
  2. Hertz under 25 fee waiver with AAA membership benefits. The young driver fee will be waived for AAA members ages 20-24 who meet standard rental qualifications. You have to be a member to benefit from the waiver.
  3. Enterprise under 25 fee waiver for USAA members Under 25 fees are waived for members between the ages of 18 and 24 for Hertz and between 21 and 24 for Avis, Budget and Enterprise. You have to be a member to benefit from the waiver.
  4. Some countries except USA and Canada do not charge under 25 fee.

I am under 18, can I Rent a Car?

Car rental companies do not rent cars if you are under 18.

Disclaimer: Our aim here is to provide information as of August, 2017. While we did research in detail, Carla does not guarantee the information provided here. Rental car terms and conditions can change. Please check terms and conditions of the car rental company.