Young driver: things to know before renting a car

You’re a young driver, but you don’t have your first car yet? Then you should rent one if you need one. However, renting a car for a young person, especially one without a licence, is not always easy. This article tells you about some important precautions to take when renting a car.

The criteria for renting a car

Renting a car is the most economical way if you are thinking of going away for a trip or a weekend. However, you must follow the conditions so that you can do so. Most car rental companies require that the driver must be at least 18 to 21 years old, but this varies from one agent to another. And you must carry young driver insurance with you. You also need a driver’s license of course and this must be at least one year old. Without forgetting the identity card, the bank card in your name to guarantee the payment and the proof of residence. The agency also asks you for a deposit to prevent damage during the rental.

How to rent a car?

In order to know which is the right rental agency, you should inquire about additional offers and premiums as well as the limited age. To do this, you can go directly to them or find them on the internet. This is an important point so that you can find the best and most suitable one for you. In addition, you can make the vehicle reservation on the spot or online. However, you must compare the many agents to avoid falling into the traps and to find the cheapest rental. Don’t forget also to look at the insurance conditions.

The cost of a rental

The price of a car rental depends on the agency and their conditions. However, most of them charge an extra fee if you are still a young licence holder. In general, if you want to rent in one day the average cost is about 36 to 70 € for the driver under 25 years old in the city. For some agents who do not give a surcharge to the young renter, the amount can be between 70 and 75 €. For information, prefer to make the reservation in advance (two or three months before) especially during the summer or holiday period. This helps you to have a discount advantage of 15 % up to 20 %.

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