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My First Car Hire | Young Drivers Rent Cars

With all the stress of the theory and driving test finally behind you, you’re now a happy holder of a driving licence and just can’t wait to use it for a getaway with friends. As a young driver with a year of practice you have the green light for your first car hire in the UK or abroad.

Auto Europe offers young drivers the possibility to hire a car with various suppliers worldwide. The cars available for hire to young people usually belong to mini and economy categories. Sometimes the local supplier may upgrade the vehicle to compact class. As a young driver however, you must meet some basic requirements and learn some facts about the rental.

Minimum age
Rental companies consider people aged 19 (sometimes 18) to 24 or 25 as young drivers.

ID & driving licence
At the pick-up time, you are required to present an ID or passport, depending on the country where you are hiring the vehicle. In most cases you must have held a valid driving licence for a minimum of 1 year. You may be requested by the rental company to provide a DVLA code to check your driving licence record or a printed copy of the driving licence record, downloadable via DVLA website 21 days prior to rental start.

Credit Card
It is compulsory to have a valid credit card in the name of the main driver in order to be able to pick up the car. This is mandatory for the security deposit. Regardless of the method of payment used to make the booking online, drivers are required by the local supplier to leave a security deposit for the vehicle at time of pick-up. This takes the form of an amount (minimum: excess+fuel+vat) being blocked on an international credit card in the name of the primary driver (cash deposits, maestro, switch, visa electron, prepaid credit cards and any debit cards are not accepted). This cannot be your parent’s credit card. It needs the driver’s first and last name on it. The blocked amount will be returned in full at the end of the rental, provided the vehicle is returned in the same condition as rented.

Sometimes suppliers offer additional insurance to block a lower deposit on a debit card. However, this must be checked before booking the car. Please call our team on the toll-free number 0800 358 1229 to help you find the best option.

Young driver fee
All young drivers are required to pay the so called young driver fee which varies depending on your rental supplier. The fee ranges between 30 to 40 pounds a day in the UK and from 5 to 30 euros per day in continental Europe.

Additional driver
If another driver wants to sign up for driving the hired car, they need to pay an additional driver fee, which comes on top of the the young driver fee if the additional driver is 25 or younger.

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