Auto Insurance

Car Rental Options Broaden for Young Drivers

July 1, 2009

(NewsUSA) – Based on the commonly held belief that people in
their early 20s are more prone to risky behavior while driving, many car rental companies have
restricted renting cars to people under the age of 25 for years.

But with increased competition in the car rental market forcing companies to
re-evaluate many long-held assumptions, some car rental companies are relaxing their rules to allow
drivers under 25 years old to rent vehicles.

Unfortunately, to many young renters, this comes at a cost.

During a four-day vacation with three friends to Miami, Eugene Minkin, 23, rented a
vehicle from Alamo Rent A Car. Minkin was informed of a $30-per-person, per-day fee that he had to
pay due to the fact that he and his passengers were all under 25. In addition, he had to purchase
insurance and pay the usual four-day rental rate. The total for the rental came to over

Despite the high cost, Minkin felt fortunate to be able to rent a car, where in recent
years such transactions would not have been possible.

However, for some companies, renting vehicles to drivers under 25 is not a new
development. For instance, at most of its rental branches, Rent-A-Wreck has welcomed young drivers
for years.

"By the early '90s most of our locations were renting to drivers under 25 years of
age," said Jason Manelli, director of public relations for Rent-A-Wreck. "We now consider ourselves
to be the experts on rentals to younger drivers, with many of our locations even renting to drivers
18 to 21 years old."

Typically, drivers under the age of 25 who are renting a vehicle from Rent-A-Wreck must
have automotive insurance coverage, a credit card in their name and must make arrangements to rent
a vehicle several days in advance so references and insurance coverage can be verified.

Some Rent-A-Wreck locations even run credit reports on young drivers and look at
their driving records. These extra considerations help to weed out the drivers who have earned
their 20- to 24-year-old counterparts a bad reputation in the rental car industry, allowing
responsible young drivers to get behind the wheel of a rental car.

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