Age Restriction and Additional Drivers when Rental Cars

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All car hire companies have age restrictions on who can drive their fleet of rental cars and Hiace rental. This age varies both from company to company and also depending on which country you want to hire a car in.

Age restrictions can allow young drivers to rent cars from 18 years old in some cases, but often go up as high as 25 before you don’t need to worry about it anymore. With some luxury car hire firms the minimum rental age can be much higher, even as high as 45 on some sports cars like Ferraris.

As with additional drivers, young drivers may often have to pay a premium for hiring a car. In most cases this additional cost can be justified by the extra insurance cost to the rental company for hiring cars to drivers between the ages of say, 21 to 25.

For corporate car rentals these rules sometimes don’t apply as the company will have a separate agreement with the rental firm to cover the additional insurance liability of hiring to young drivers.

Of course age restrictions don’t only apply to young drivers. If you’re advancing in years it pays to check whether you’re still allowed to rent a car. Some companies will stop renting to you after you’re 75th birthday for example.

Additional Drivers And Hire Cars

Something else to consider when renting a car is who’s going to be driving it. Almost all rental companies offer car hire to a named driver. This means that if you have more than one person who’s going to be driving the hire car you need to tell the rental company about them too.

Of course, additional drivers give the rental companies another opportunity to make some more money and they all charge some kind of premium for additional drivers on the rental agreement so take this into account when comparing quotes.

Any additional drivers covered in the rental agreement will also have to present their details when hiring the car so if you’re taking along an additional driver, they’re going to need their driving licence too.

Don’t be tempted to let someone else drive a car that you’ve hired in your name only as the consequences of this can get pretty serious, pretty fast. For one thing all insurances will be void so in the event of an accident you’re pretty much liable for everything. Also, as they’re not mentioned in the rental agreement anyone stopped by police in the rental car has no legal entitlement to drive it and could even be arrested for theft.