We were recently on the Hertz website and saw this:
It’s a common misconception that drivers have to be at least 25 years old to rent a car. The truth is – Hertz rents cars to those 20 years old and up.*
Well Hooray for Hertz! But it got me thinking – do you see that asterisk? You see it, the one right there. Well, that little asterisk is loaded time bomb. And that bomb usually goes off at the car rental counter right at the moment when you are picking up your car.
Dictionary.com defines asterisk this way:
a small star-like symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.
Read that again…
to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.”
OK so they are going to rent you a vehicle but it’s probably going to be much more expensive the quote you received. Almost all car rental agencies will charge you the dreaded Underage Car Rental Fee that could be as high as 20 to 25 (or more) dollars a day when you hire a car from them. You may also find that promotions and discounts, (mysteriously) no longer apply to you.
This is from the SIXT site:
A fee* will apply for rentals at every location in the United States. Please check how much you will be charged if you are a driver under 25 at our branches across the US.
See that asterisks? While a little more specific, it still is uncomfortably vague. How much??????
Here at Super Cheap Car Rental, we do not have any asterisks. Super Cheap Car Rental prides itself on transparency. NO surprises when you rent a vehicle from us. It’s fairly simple, good drivers drive well. So again to make it perfectly clear, Super Cheap Car Rental has no extra underage car rental fees if you are renting a car and you are a 21 to 24 year old who can prove he or she can legally drive. With that said we look forward to seeing you when you hire a car or rent a car or want a car rental or whatever you call it. We will take care of you. Have fun and be safe.