Steal Away With Steele

Adventuring the great unknown is exhilarating and life-altering. Not only do long road trips alter your life but your vehicle’s life as well. The excessive miles, continuous hours of driving, and practically living in a vehicle adds wear and tear. If you drive a gas-guzzler the gas budget can make you cringe. Renting a fuel-saving vehicle seems like a logical explanation except for everyone between the ages of 21-25.
Some car rental companies will not rent vehicles to drivers under the age of 25 because of increased accident liability. Companies that will rent to under 25-year-olds charge a hefty underage-driver fee. The fees on underage renters can double the price of renting a car. Here are a few tips to get the best deals for young drivers.
1. Cost comparisons.
Main car rental companies like Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz all rent to young drivers. The young driver daily surcharge ranges from $20-$40 depending on age and location. Michigan and New York have higher daily surcharges compared to rest of the U.S. Cost-comparison websites like Kayak can help locate low prices without having to visit each website individually.
2. Vehicle restrictions.
Vehicle selection can be restricted to young drivers depending on the rental company. Many companies restrict renting luxury cars, large SUVs, and mini vans. Companies like Enterprise and Alamo enable young drivers to rent larger vehicles but those vehicles come at a higher price.
3. Discounts.
Belonging to an auto club like AAA can result in member discounts. For example, AAA members can save up to 20 percent on car rentals. Joining the company email list can also result in discounts. Alamo offers a deal called Alamo Insider which saves renters 5 percent on the final total.
4. Airport fees.
When looking into car rental locations avoid renting from airports. Additional fees accumulate from the airport tax. Finding a rental car location farther from the airport can save up to 25 percent off a rental fee.
5. Prepaid gamble.
Car rental prices can fluctuate because of demand. Some companies offer a discount for paying before you pick up your vehicle. You will need to decide if you want to prepay and save some money or take the gamble of the rental cost to decrease before your trip.
May adventure find you.

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