minimum age to rent a car

At age 18, you are be old enough to vote, serve on a jury and get married. But in the vast majority of American states, you are not old enough to rent a car.

You have to be 21 years old to rent a car from eight of 12 major rental car companies. Three of the remaining companies let you rent a car when you turn 20 and one goes as low as 19 years old. In only two of 50 states—Michigan and New York—can you rent a car when you turn 18.

It's one thing for a young driver to be allowed to rent a car and quite another thing for a young driver to get a good deal. If you're under age 25, expect to be charged a young renter fee to the tune of $20 to $28 per day—which is often more than the rental rate.

Here's how old you need to be to rent a car from major rental companies:

Advantage

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • Drivers under age 25 will be charged a younger renter fee.

Alamo

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • For drivers between the ages of 21 and 24, a young renter fee will apply at an average cost of $20 per day. This fee can be higher or lower, depending on the rental location.
  • For drivers between the ages of 18 and 20, a younger renter fee will apply in Michigan ($40) and New York ($57).

Avis

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • For drivers between the ages of 21 and 24, a young renter fee will apply at an average cost of $27 per day.
  • For drivers between the ages of 18 and 20, a younger renter fee will apply in Michigan ($41) and New York ($52).

Budget

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • For drivers between the ages of 21 and 24, a young renter fee will apply at an average cost of $27 per day.
  • For drivers between the ages of 18 and 20, a younger renter fee will apply in Michigan ($41) and New York ($52).

Dollar

  • The minimum age to rent is 20. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • Drivers under age 25 will be charged a younger renter fee.

Enterprise

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • For drivers between the ages of 21 and 24, a young renter fee will apply at an average cost of $20 per day. This fee can be higher or lower, depending on the rental location.
  • For drivers between the ages of 18 and 20, a younger renter fee will apply in Michigan ($40) and New York ($57).

Fox

  • The minimum age to rent is 19. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • Drivers under age 25 will be charged a younger renter fee.

Hertz

  • The minimum age to rent is 20. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • Drivers under age 25 will be charged a younger renter fee unless they are AAA members.

National

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • For drivers between the ages of 21 and 24, a young renter fee will apply at an average cost of $20 per day. This fee can be higher or lower, depending on the rental location.
  • For drivers between the ages of 18 and 20, a younger renter fee will apply in Michigan ($40) and New York ($57).

Payless

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • Drivers under age 25 will be charged a younger renter fee.

Sixt

  • The minimum age to rent is 21. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • Drivers under age 25 will be charged a younger renter fee.

Thrifty

  • The minimum age to rent is 20. Exceptions are Michigan and New York, where a driver must be at least 18 to rent.
  • Drivers under age 25 will be charged a younger renter fee.

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