Is it possible to get a car rental without the under 25 fee? Yes. Although it may seem at first glance that renting a car is prohibitively expensive for those under 25, there are actually plenty of ways around those pesky young driver fees. If you’re under 25 and looking to rent a car, you may have some questions about how difficult it will be to rent a car and whether you can avoid the hefty extra fees. This article will answer the following questions and tell you what you need to know about young driver surcharges:

  • Why Don’t Car Rental Companies Like to Rent to Drivers Under 25?

  • Are There Ways Around the Under 25 Fee?

  • What Companies Will Rent to Those Under 25 Without an Extra Fee?

  • What Companies Will Rent to Those Under 25 But Charge an Extra Fee?

Why Don’t Car Rental Companies Like to Rent to Drivers Under 25?

It may seem unfair for a car rental company to charge you extra fees – or not to rent to you at all – just because you’re under the age of 25. But it all comes down to numbers. Car rental companies base these rules and rates on statistics, and statistically younger drivers are much more likely to get into accidents.

For example, according to the above government statistics, 20 percent of licensed drivers under 19 years old and 14 percent of drivers age 20-24 were involved in automobile accidents. In the same year, all age groups of licensed drivers 25 and older had accident rates under 10 percent; the rate was as low as four percent for those 65 and older.

For the car rental companies, these statistics translate to more risk to the company to rent their cars to younger drivers. They often limit and offset these risks by restricting rental to younger drivers and by charging extra fees.

Looking for car rental companies that rent to young drivers? Check out this article if you’re under 21 or this article for anyone under 25. Both articles show who will rent to you if you’re a young driver.

Are There Ways Around the Under 25 Fee?

In certain circumstances you may be able to get the extra charge under 25 car rental fee waived. The main instance where this occurs is if you are a U.S. Government employee on official government business; in this situation most rental companies will not charge the young driver fee.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get around the under 25 car rental fee by having a friend or relative over age 25 rent the car for you. All drivers of the rental car must meet the company’s rental requirements, and even if you are an additional (rather than the primary) driver you will generally be charged the young driver fee. If you’re trying to avoid this fee, the best way is to find a company that doesn’t charge a young driver fee in the first place.

What Companies Will Rent to Drivers Under 25 Without an Extra Fee?

If you’re under 25, not on official government business and want to rent a car without paying extra age-based fees, it can be done! Generally the companies that rent to young drivers without additional charges are newer alternatives to traditional car rental companies. Here are some options:

Silvercar

  • Minimum age: 22
  • Under 25 fee: No! According to Silvercar support, there is no extra charge for being under 25.
  • Other restrictions: You do need a credit card in your name.
  • See details on their website here.

Zipcar

  • Minimum age: 21, or 18 for college students
  • Under 25 fee: No! Zipcar has standard monthly/annual membership rates and per day/per hour charges for all members.
  • See details on their website here.

Getaround

  • Minimum age: 19 (25 for specialty cars)
  • Under 25 fee: No! Getaround charges hourly rates.
  • Other restrictions: You must have had a driver’s license for at least two years, have a clean driving record if under 21 (no more than two violations in the last three years if over 21), and no DUI or drug incidents in the last seven years; only available in 11 cities – see the list here.
  • See details on their website here.

What Companies Will Rent to Those Under 25 But Charge an Extra Fee?

More and more car rental companies are renting to drivers under 25 – but they often charge extra fees and may have additional restrictions, such as only renting certain types of cars to young drivers. The exact age restrictions and fees can vary by location, so it’s a good idea to check with the specific company and location if you’re thinking about renting from them. They often also require a credit card in your name. (Note: Check out this article if you’re hoping to pay for your rental with cash with cash. If you want to use a debit card to rent the vehicle, read this article for more information.) See below for a long list of places you can rent a car if you’re under 25:

Fox Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 19 at most locations; at a few locations, 21 or 25.
  • Under 25 fee: Under 25, $20.00 per day at most locations; under 21, $25.00 per day at most locations
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  • See their full policy and check the specifics for your location here.

Sixt Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21 at most locations
  • Under 25 fee: Yes if under 25; amount not specified online
  • Other restrictions: Must have valid driver’s license for one year; minimum age of 25 for some vehicles
  • See their full policy here.

Hertz

  • Minimum age: 20 at most locations
  • Under 25 fee: The Hertz under 25 fee will be assessed; amount not specified online
  • Other restrictions: You can’t rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • See their full policy here.

Thrifty Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21 at most locations
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, if under 25; amount not specified online
  • See their full policy here.

Dollar Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes; amount not specified in their online policy and may vary by location
  • See their full policy here.

ACE Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21 at most locations
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, varies by location
  • See their full policy here.

Alamo Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, amount not specified online.
  • Other restrictions: The types of vehicles that can be rented are limited for drivers under 25.
  • See their full policy here.

Advantage Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, amount not specified online.
  • Other restrictions: You must have a credit card in your name.
  • See their full policy here and here.

Enterprise

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes if under 25; amount not specified online – you must begin the reservation process to find out the amount of the fee. In Michigan, the fee is $13.00 per day for under 25 and $34.00 per day for under 21; in New York state, the fee is $20.00 per day for under 25 and $57.00 per day for under 21.
  • Other restrictions: You can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • See their full policy here.

National Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes; you must begin the reservation process to find out the exact fee amount online.
  • Other restrictions: You can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • See their full policy here.

Rent a Wreck

  • Minimum age: 21 at most locations
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, amount not specified online
  • Other restrictions: You can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • See their full policy here.

E-Z Rent-a-Car

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Under 25 fee: Under 25, $20.00 per day; under 21, $35.00 per day
  • Other restrictions: Local renters must provide proof of insurance or pay by credit card and purchase collision damage waiver.
  • See their full policy here.

Payless Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $25.00 per day.
  • Other restrictions: You can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • See their full policy here.

Budget

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $27.00 per day (higher in Michigan and New York state)
  • Other restrictions: If you’re under 25 you must pay by credit card (in your name) and you can only rent certain types of vehicles. Some details may vary by location.
  • See their full policy here.

Avis

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $27.00 per day (higher in Michigan and New York state)
  • Other restrictions: You must pay by credit card and can only rent certain types of vehicles.
  • See their full policy here.

If you’re under 25 and want to rent a car, we have shown you that there are lots of car rental companies who will rent to you – and you may even be able to avoid paying the young driver surcharge.

Car Rental Without Under 25 Fee: Conclusion

Use the aforementioned list to find a rental car company that will rent to you without the pesky under 25 fee. Just make sure it’s not actually cheaper to rent with a traditional rental car company and pay the fee than rent with the no fee company but pay a higher set price. That’s why it’s important to consider all rental car companies within this article.

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