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1. Posted by verycoulin (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

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Myself and 4 other friends are doing a road trip around the west coast of America. My question to you is where can we find a cheap car rental place that will not cost us an arm and a leg for having 5 drivers under the age of 25. (we are all 21) We are not phased if we don't have the newest and greatest car, just something reasonably big and a company that will still provide roadside assistance.
Thank you

2. Posted by Amie L. (Budding Member 45 posts) 8y

Where are you from? In Canada you only have to be 21 to rent a car with no additional fee (unless I remember wrong) but it's different in the States. I think I found it was 25 across the board.

On the bright side, if the fee is 25/day, that only breaks down to about 5 bucks each and you're rental shouldn't cost more than 500 a week with unlimited mileage.

The other unrelated tip is that you will all need to pack light as the only substantial room for gear you will have is the trunk. Or you may want something like a Ford Escape that has a bit more space but is still only classified as a full-size vehicle (according to Budget anyways).

Good luck.

Here's some excerpts from an article about the issue:

"In other states, you may be able to find smaller or lesser-known agencies that rent to drivers under 21—for an extra charge of course. For example, Rent-A-Wreck, a used car rental agency with more than 350 franchise locations, rents to drivers under 21 in certain locations."

"To avoid paying the highest rates, you'll need to compare fees and restrictions at the rental agencies in the area where you want to rent, as these can vary by owner. You may also want to check and see if you are eligible for corporate or organizational rates that may include underage fee waivers."

3. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member 70 posts) 8y

you can try www.zipcar.com, or my website moongate.globaltravel.com also has car discounts