How to rent a car if you are under 21 years old

Written by greyson ferguson
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If you are of legal driving age, you may find it necessary to rent a car. However, most car rental services cater specifically to individuals over the age of 25. This is so a driver can have a proven driving record and experience in most conditions. If you are younger than 25, or even younger than 21, there are many more regulations, but it is still possible to rent a car.

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    Contact the rental agency and see if the company rents cars to individuals under the age of 21. More than likely, the company discourages it, but many locations do rent vehicles to individuals under 21.

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    Show up to the rental facility with either a family member or a driver over the age of 25. You typically need to sign up for the rental in person and you need a co-signer. This puts a share of the burden on the co-signer if you damage the vehicle.

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    Present your driver's license, proof of insurance and car registration to the rental facility. They may check your driving record to see if you have ever been involved in an accident. If you have, the company may not rent the car to you.

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    Sign up for the insurance. Because you are young, the car rental facility will probably require you to purchase the vehicle insurance.

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    Select the vehicle you want to rent. High-end vehicles may be off limits to you. These vehicles are expensive to maintain and expensive to replace, and the rental car company does not want to take a chance giving it out to someone so young.

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    Return the car on time with the tank full. Many companies hit you with a large fee for not refilling the fuel tank.

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