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Car Rentals: Age Differential Fee

Hello,

I have a question about Car Rentals. I am currently under the age of 25, and whenever I need to rent a vehicle in the States, I am subjected to a 25 dollars /day Age Differential Charge. Does any of you out there know of a program/membership that can get a rental company like hertz/alamo to waive this fee?

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Nope, never heard of any rental agency that has such a policy ever waiving it. I face the same crap if I want to rent a car. Perk is my fiance is 25 right now. Downside is she hates driving a lot. Upside is we shouldn't be taking any trips in the states that require us to rent a car for at least a couple of years till I am 25 (1 year, 6 months to go).
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When I was under 25 I encountered the same thing anytime I wanted to rent a car. Do you have anyone over 25 who can rent it for you?
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[quote author=FemGearHead link=topic=60650.msg1032721#msg1032721 date=1161867520]
When I was under 25 I encountered the same thing anytime I wanted to rent a car. Do you have anyone over 25 who can rent it for you?
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Be careful with this though, if you are driving the vehicle and aren't listed as a driver on the rental you can get into some deep crap if you get into an accident in the rental car.
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Agreed, it's a very sticky situation should that occur.
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[quote author=Fobby_Monkey link=topic=60650.msg1031610#msg1031610 date=1161815224]
Hello,

I have a question about Car Rentals. I am currently under the age of 25, and whenever I need to rent a vehicle in the States, I am subjected to a 25 dollars /day Age Differential Charge. Does any of you out there know of a program/membership that can get a rental company like hertz/alamo to waive this fee?

Thanks in advance.

-- Fobby
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is this rental personal or for business?
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yea... it's such a rip off fees.. i hate that there's nothing I can do about it.

The rental is for business, I asked about Corporate Programs but my company is so small that i don't think it matters.


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[quote author=Fobby_Monkey link=topic=60650.msg1032849#msg1032849 date=1161873315]
The rental is for business, I asked about Corporate Programs but my company is so small that i don't think it matters.
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that's the road I was going to suggest you go down. I don't know if those corporate programs wave the age fee, but it's the only thing that I could think of that might have an impact.

Oh well. But if your company is paying for it, why do you care? It's the cost of doing business.
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I have been asked the same question by many...why do I care? I guess it's just that I don't like paying for some bogus fee that really does not have much of a reason behind it. I mean...It's basically saying that it's okay to discriminate.


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[quote author=Fobby_Monkey link=topic=60650.msg1033091#msg1033091 date=1161880774]
I have been asked the same question by many...why do I care?* I guess it's just that I don't like paying for some bogus fee that really does not have much of a reason behind it.* I mean...It's basically saying that it's okay to discriminate.*
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I don't think it really falls into the area of discrimination...or at least not the negative connotation of the word.

People under 25 have more accidents, and are less likely to be able to pay for the car if they wreck it. (so the story goes, not saying this is decidedly true or not). The rental company has to look out for their investment, and charging your age group more covers the costs of the increased risk (supposedly).

edit: because I'm bored at work I looked into it a bit more...it actually seems to be an insurance issue. Yeah, if you wreck the car then you have to pay for it, either through your pocket, your insurance, or the insurance you bought from the rental agency. But besides that, there appears to be basic liability and bodily injury insurance included in the cost of renting a vehicle. Which means that if a car rental agency rents to people for whom the insurance company charges more to cover, they have to pay for it. Which means you have to pay for it.
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