Is it possible to get a car rental without the under 25 fee?

Many car rental companies charge an additional fee for renters under the age of 25, but if you fall into that age category, you’re in luck — it’s possible to avoid the under-25 fee. At first glance, it might seem like renting a car is prohibitively expensive for those under 25, but there are actually plenty of ways around those pesky young driver fees. If you’re young, in need of a rental car, and don’t want to pay unnecessary fees, we have a few solutions for you in this article.

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Why Car Rental Companies Charge an Under-25 Fee

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 25. But it all comes down to numbers. Car rental companies base these strict rules and higher rates on statistics, and truthfully, young drivers are much more likely to get into accidents.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among people ages 16 to 20. For car rental companies, these statistics show that it’s riskier to put their cars on the road with younger drivers. For this reason, companies often restrict their leases or charge extra fees for renters under the age of 25.

How to Get Around the Under-25 Fee

If you’re under 25 and want to rent a car without paying extra age-based fees, it can be done! 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. Even if you are an additional (rather than the primary) driver, you will generally be charged the young driver fee.

That being said, in certain circumstances, you may be able to get the extra charge under 25 car rental fee waived. If you’re a U.S. government employee on official government business or active duty military personnel, most rental companies will not charge you the young driver fee. If you don’t fall into one of these categories, you can still avoid the fee by renting from a company that doesn’t charge young driver fees. For your benefit, we’ve listed these companies below.

Companies That Will Rent to Drivers Under 25 Without an Extra Fee

The companies that rent to young drivers without any additional charges are generally newer alternatives to traditional car rental companies. Here are some options:

1. Getaround

2. Silvercar

3. Zipcar

Companies That Will Rent to Drivers Under 25 But Charge an Underage Driver Fee

Some companies won’t rent to you if you’re under 25-years-old. You’re in luck, though, as more and more car rental companies now will rent to drivers under 25. We’ve listed the companies that will rent to you if you’re under 25-years-old but still charge an underage driver fee.

1. ACE Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21 (at most locations)
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, varies by location
  • Source: ACE Rent a Car FAQs

2. Advantage Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $25 per day
  • Restrictions: You must have a credit card in your name, a valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance in your name.
  • Source: Advantage Rent a Car FAQs

3. Alamo Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $25 per day
  • Restrictions: The types of vehicles that can be rented are limited for drivers under 25. Debit cards are not accepted.
  • Source: Alamo Rent a Car Age Requirements 

4. Avis Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $27 per day (higher in Michigan and New York)
  • Restrictions: You must pay by credit or debit card and can only rent certain types of vehicles.
  • Source: Avis Rent a Car Requirements for Renting

5. Budget

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $27 per day (higher in Michigan and New York)
  • Restrictions: You must pay by credit card (in your name) and can only rent certain types of vehicles.
  • Source: Budget Requirements for Renting

6. Dollar Rent a Car

7. Enterprise

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes; amount varies by location. In Michigan, the fee is $13 per day for under 25 and $34 per day for under 21; in New York state, the fee is $20 per day for under 25 and $57 per day for under 21. In other states, you must begin the reservation process to find out the amount of the fee.
  • Restrictions: You can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • Source:  Enterprise Requirements for Renting

8. E-Z Rent-a-Car

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Under 25 fee: 21-24: $20 per day; under 21: $35 per day
  • Restrictions: Local renters must provide proof of insurance or pay by credit card and purchase collision damage waiver.
  • Source:  Customer service representative

9. Fox Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 19 at most locations; at a few locations, 21 or 25.
  • Under 25 fee: 21-24, $20 per day; under 21, $25-$30 per day
  • Restrictions: Debit cars are only accepted for rentals made at least 24 hours in advance and for renters who are at least 21 years old and live within 150 miles of the rental location. Otherwise, you must pay with credit card.
  • Source: Fox Rent a Car Rental Policies.

10. Hertz

  • Minimum age: 20
  • Under 25 fee: $27-$30, depending on vehicle. AAA members between the ages of 20-24 can get the under 25 fee waived with proof of membership.
  • Restrictions: You can’t rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • Source:  Hertz Age Restrictions and Exceptions.

11. National Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes; amount varies by location. See the exact amount by selecting your rental location and beginning the reservation process
  • Restrictions: You can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • Source: National Car Rental Support.

12. Payless Car Rental

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $25 per day
  • Restrictions: You must pass a driving record test and credit check. Only some locations accept debit cards.
  • Source: Payless Car Rental Age Requirements

13. Rent-A-Wreck

  • Minimum age: 21 at most locations
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, varies by rental location
  • Restrictions: You can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • Source:  Rent-A-Wreck Rental Requirements

14. Sixt Rent a Car

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: Yes, amount not specified online
  • Restrictions: You must have had a valid driver’s license for one year and can only rent certain types of vehicles if you’re under 25.
  • Source: Sixt Rent a Car Rental Information: Age Restrictions.

15. Thrifty Car Rental

16. Turo

17. U-Save

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Under 25 fee: $15-$50 per day (higher in Michigan and New York)
  • Restrictions: Vehicle limitations may apply. You cannot use a debit card to pay for the rental deposit.
  • Source: Visit the U-Save website to find a location, then choose Location Website to reach the web page and regulations for that particular location.

In Summary

Use the above list to find a rental car company that will doesn’t charge an under-25 fee, or at least compensates for it with lower baseline prices. But do your research first, because depending on the rental parameters, it may be cheaper to use a traditional rental car company and pay the surcharge than to rent with a no-fee company. In other words, don’t assume that a rental car company without an under-25 fee is always the least expensive option.

For more car rental-related information, check out our other articles: Can You Rent a Car with Cash Only? 6 Rental Companies That Let You and Can You Get a Car Rental with No Deposit Required? What We Found…