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1. Posted by Steph1985 (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

So, i'm travelling, of course, otherwise i wouldn't be here ;-) To the States, September 19th prolly til about October 31st this year. We're starting in Vegas for 5 days, then we're HOPING to transfer to San Fran, pick up a rental car, drive down to about Phoenix. Then, with our round the world ticket try and fly to Chicago, then fly to New York, drive down to Memphis or Atlanta then fly back up to Canada.

Does anyone know of any companies that rent cars in the US cheaply to under 25s? I've tried and the surcharge for drivers under 25 is like USD 25 a day (and being from Australia, we get nipped in the butt by not having a good exchange rate). I keep trying to access the website but it just won't work. My friend and i think a road trip would be fun, we were originally going to use the Greyhound buses. Does anyone have any advice??? We're going mad trying to find something that will fit in our budget!

Also, driving that distance, does anyone know how much fuel would cost??!?!? I know gas is cheaper there than our petrol is here, it's ridiculous prices here, it used to cost me about $50 every week and a half (that was until i got sick of wasting my money on something that was just killing the environment anyway and became a slave to public transport).

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 13, 2007, at 6:24 AM by Steph1985 ]

2. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

Unfortunately gas isn't cheap anymore in North America. Depending on the car you budget for a few hundred dollars on gas between SFO and PHX, expecially if you plan on driving down the coast. New York to Memphis will be about the same.

Good luck trying to find a car rental if you are under 25. You may be better off buying a cheap used car and use it for the entire time (forget about the flights) and then sell it to a dealer at the end of your trip.

3. Posted by samnason (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

I have to agree that buying a car might be the better route to go. Just be sure to get it insured.

4. Posted by nomadgirl (Budding Member 72 posts) 9y

chk out

u can rent under 25 yo as long as u have a credit card!

5. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 9y

At this time gasoline is averaging $3 per gallon in the US. I would use that as a benchmark in calculating driving costs.

6. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Good exchange rate.....83cents today, highest in 17 years!!!!
No better time than now. Even if they slug you 25 a day, its still gonna be cheaper than a rental....thought about the insurance?? That will cost you $25 alone.

Driveaway is the way to go!!!

7. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

I would not recommend getting a used car on such a trip. The last thing you'd want to be doing on such a great trip is:
i) wasting time finding an used car
ii) chasing down cheap insurance for someone younger than 25
iii) having a car breakdown and spending more money to have it fixed
iv) wasting time trying to sell the car, while ensuring you get something back.

Contact all of the major North American rental companies and try to a waiver of the surcharge, or at least a reduction. Nothing is ever written in stone, especially if you're renting for a longer period of time. Just because one location won't do it, doesn't mean that they all won't.

Good luck!

8. Posted by Leeroy_sw (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

fox rental cars rents cars to under 25's.

9. Posted by Bit Devine (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

My question is why are you going from Vegas to San Francisco and then to Phoenix? It would make more sense to do San Fran, Vegas and then Phoenix, driving between Vegas & Phoenix. By driving between Vegas & Phoenix you would be able to visit the Grand Canyon, overnight in Flagstaff, see Sedona, Jerome and Oak Creek Canyon, prior to reaching Phoenix.

Enterprise will rent to under 25 with a daily surcharge. Dollar also rents to those under 25.

Slan Leat,

Bit Devine

10. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

I replied to another of your topics on this forum but you might not have read it yet so the following is just a copy of my original reply

Car rentals are a pain here. But with a car, you're free to go wherever you want. In the main cities in the US it may be hard to find parking on the streets but giant parking garages are prevalent throughout major US cities so that shouldn't be too much of a problem. However, $645 for 2 months of unlimited travel and stops on Greyhound is an excellent deal compared to what I'm about to tell you about renting a car. I went ahead and did a search for a rental car using Hertz (Major chain rental company) and found that for a mid-sized car (small) it'd be $1800 for 60 days. This does not include gas (Currently $3 a gallon in California) and personal insurance. Also, You must be 21 to rent a car in most places in the US. All the major lines charge an additional fee to anyone under 25 who rents a car. Take for example, Hertz. You'd have to pay $27 USD a day to rent a car if you are under 25, which you are. This means you'd have to shell out $1620 total along with the $1800 + gas + insurance just to rent a car. With everything included you're looking at around $4000. Remember, this is just an example of one place so perhaps you might find something a little cheaper but you won't beat the $645 for the Greyhound. Now, if you were travelling as a group or 4 or 5 and one of you were at least 25 years old then you'd definitely rent a car but that's not the case now is it?

Hope I've helped you somewhat