There’s a new filter on our booking engine and I’m sure you must have noticed it already. Each time you search for a quote, there’s the age filter pop up. It is to make our customers aware that not all of the rental companies allow car hire for young drivers.
But how young are we speaking?
Well, there is no general answer. As a broker, Auto Europe provides you with offers from various rental companies located all over the world. How to find out which company allows you to rent a given vehicle? It has become very easy with the introduction of age filters. Put the driver’s age (or your age if you are going to be the driver) in the filter and you will be presented with rental offers available for that age. The age requirement may span from 19 to even 24 years for some cars. For example: in the USA, some suppliers require all additional drivers to be at least 25 and hold their own credit card.
Our tip: If you are too young to hire a car, check if your fellow travellers meet the age requirement and possess a credit card in their name.
Young driver fee
Usually, drivers up to 24 years are required to pay an additional “young driver fee” locally. The fee amount as well as the minimum required age can be found under the “Product Information” section on our booking engine:
Each driver must present their own valid credit card (on their name) at the pick-up; this card will be used for the security deposit block. Before hiring the car make sure that you have enough credit available on your card for the deposit amount. It usually equals excess+tax+fuel. This information can be found on the “Terms, Conditions & Local Fees” section, as well as on your voucher. You are welcome to call our toll free line and get the info over the phone.
Our tip: If your credit card limit is lower that your car hire + deposit amount, you may book the car online by paying with someone else’s credit card, i.e. your parent’s.
If you are a young driver, it’s better to check the driving license requirements as well, since sometimes you need to have held your license for a certain minimum amount of time. You can find this information under the “Terms, Conditions & Local Fees” section or call us.
Senior driver fee
Just as young drivers, senior drivers need to pay some extra local fees. Again, this information can be easily verified on our booking engine on the “Product Information” section.