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19 year old needs car rental

Discussion in 'Arizona & New Mexico' started by skipgt4, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. skipgt4

    skipgt4 Formula Junior

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    My son will be in Las Vegas next June and will need to rent a car to do some traveling before returning to fly back home. The problem seems to be that he will be 19 and I have not found a company that will rent to anyone under 21. Any ideas or information would be helpful. -Skip
     
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  3. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Man, I used to run into this all the time when I was that age..

    Unless you use a "straw man" it won't happen.......and they are on the hook for all liability! They'll have to actually pick up the car, drive out of sight then turn it over to him.

    Good Luck
     
  4. 348_Spiderman

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    I used to have to rent vehicle's for work purposes and I was under the impression that the company I worked for had to make special concessions to allow me to do this. Since I had to pay for it and submit my receipts for reimbursement, I know that I paid almost double the going rate. In one particular instance, the rental car company had to call a rep from my travel department to ensure that this was on the up and up.

    Then again, that was for work purposes.

    Good luck!
     
  5. 410SA

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    It's probably cheaper to buy a used car, drive it for the duration you need and then resell it.

    Renting a car to a 19 year old is like dating a supermodel - great idea, but it will never happen.
     
  6. 410SA

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    Did you really mean next June? That's a long time from now!
     
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  8. 911Fan

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    Road trip!
     
  9. skipgt4

    skipgt4 Formula Junior

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    Alex, You are correct. It is not going to happen. Thank you all for the help. -Skip
     
  10. Uberpower

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    Skip- try Rent-a-Wreck, they have a website and I think they'll rent to those 18+. Just type it into google and you should find it.

    I had a job offer from Accenture at 18yo, couldn't accept it because it was a travel position and I couldn't rent cars in every state. So I worked for Shell Oil until I turned 21 then bolted to Accenture. Rental car companies will rent to government employees at 18, corporate customer employees at 21, and joe six-pack at 25. Silly huh?

    PS- the car you get from rent-a-wreck WILL be safe, and WILL be cheap, but it WON'T be a ferrari. Dodge neon or similar.
     

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