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How do I rent a car in Vancouver if I'm not 25?

Asked by monsoon (2505points) July 9th, 2008

I’m 21, planning a vacation to Vancouver in several months, but when I try to book a car with a hotel through http://hotwire.com and the like, it requires the driver to be 25. However I see when I google that there are rental places that have a lower rental age (like 21). Does anyone know for sure if a 21-year-old can rent a car in vancouver, BC, and have any recommendations, for brownie points?

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danclements's avatar

Never driven in Vancover but did rent a car in Greece and in Ireland, both under 25. Some places won’t rent one to you like the big name car rental places, but some of the small mom and pop places will. Just surf around and find all the rental places online and call ahead. Even some of the big name places will rent to you but charge you a higher amount per day. I’m sure you will be able to find something, just call and ask. Good luck!

Cardinal's avatar

If you are really desperate, take a bus to Bellingham, Washington, from the Vancouver airport, about 45 minutes away. Rent a car and drive back to Vancouver.

marinelife's avatar

Try this Web site. You can specify that you want an independent car rental company (they do not have the age restriction of 25.

Here is what they say:
“You will encounter an age limit at every car rental company. The age restriction can vary between eighteen and twenty-five, but is usually twenty-five. Some companies will provide some early twentysomethings an opportunity to rent, but will charge an extra fee to those who are younger.

Do you think your only rental options are with big companies? You do have choices! You can decide to use one of the larger car rental companies (such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National) or you can choose to rent from a locally-owned and operated Independent Car Rental Company.

Independent Car Rental companies are much more flexible than large corporate international chains (such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National). The rules are made in-house by independent business people who have a vested interest in making your rental happen. ”

monsoon's avatar

This is good info, thanks. I’m just young, and new at vacationing in general, and wasn’t sure if this was the case. Are there rental places that I can pick up a car from 24 hours a day? My train may not be arriving until midnight.

@cardinal, that’s an interesting suggestion, since I’m coming up there by train from california. The train goes to seattle, at which point we would have to take a bus the rest of the way to vancouver. It might be worth it to rent a car in seattle and drive to vancouver. The problem is that that turns your idea into a two-hour drive, but it’s a thought.

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