In this section we will list the requirements you need to fulfill to be able to rent a car. However, we should bear in mind that requirements vary and change according to the country, region, province, city or even the different branches of the same agency. That is the reason why you should verify this information before going there. Next we will list the main requirements to rent a car and we will explain them in detail.
Age: This is the most variable requirement. In general terms, the minimum age for car renting is 25. However, it is not always the case. The real minimum age is one. Of course, we are talking about the driving license. If you have a one-year driving license, you will be able to rent a car if you are over 21. Even though it is not that common, some people rent cars to 18-year-old people. The maximum age to rent a car is about 75 years old, but it varies depending on the agency. Nonetheless, this varies from three to four years.
Fines: Fines, especially the unpaid ones, can be the reason why you cannot rent a car. Car rental agencies verify that you are a good driver. If you are not a good one, this will make it hard for you to get a car. Due to the already digitalized drivers’ files, it is easy to check a person’s driving record. Trick agencies about this is not easy, because if they find out you are not the good driver you claim to be, you will have no car for your holidays. As usual, it is better to check all this at home.
Additional drivers: The additional drivers will also be able to drive the car. Agencies have different policies regarding this issue. Some agencies allow two or three additional drivers, and others have no limits. In both cases, when picking up the car, you should indicate how many and who are the additional drivers. These people should submit their driver’s license and fulfill all the requirements that you have to fulfill. If you wish to add a driver after picking up the car, you should have to deal this with the agency. The price of each additional driver is added to the total price.
Miles to drive: You will be able to choose between limited and unlimited miles. The unlimited miles option is very useful if you have no idea how far you will drive. If you rent a car with limited miles, you will be charged for every mile you exceed. Car rental agencies tend to charge a lot for any type of excess.
Return: Many agencies offer to return the car at a different place. However, you should check if this is possible, since if you return a car at the wrong place, this would be very expensive. Usually, there are many options to return the car, up to the point that you can return a car in a different region of the same country.
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