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Hertz Lowers minimum rental age to 19 in Europe.

Hertz has become the first car hire company to drop its minimum car rental age to 19 across various European countries. In a further concession students can get 15% off when they hire a car and 20% off when they hire a van from Hertz.

Michel Taride, the president of Hertz Europe, said: "Hertz is the first car rental company to offer consistent pricing across Europe for younger drivers. We are pleased to extend our competitive prices and car rental convenience to a whole new market segment of leisure customers."

Hertz has made this important change just before the summer holidays when many students will be moving their things from one place to another. The European countries which will have Hertz car hire for 19 year olds are Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. In the United Kingdom the minimum age is 23.

In other news several car hire customers have written into a magazine asking about the possibility of hiring cars in one location and dropping them off in another.

One family wrote to Smart Travel asking: “There are four people in our family and we want to rent a car in Lisbon, tour Portugal and Spain, and return from Madrid, but we have heard that cross-border rentals are excessive. Are they really?”

In response car rental expert Ed Perkins stated that it could be extremely expensive to use a drop off point in a different country with Hertz charging $900 for the privilege. Another person with experience of the industry, Robert Bestor, the publisher of a German travel website, stated: "International one-ways are priced virtually on a case by case basis, depending on vehicle and cities involved.

“The cheapest international one-ways are city pairs like Frankfurt - Paris, Munich - Vienna, Zürich - Paris, Brussels -Amsterdam, and they range from about $140 to $300. Any one-way involving Italy is pricey—usually $350 to $600 and Italy is the most expensive country in Europe to rent."

"In general Europcar's fees are the lowest, followed by Hertz and Avis.  Enterprise rent a car, Thrifty car rental and Budget don’t often allow one-way car hire travel.”

If you are a young driver and looking for car rental, get a quote here or contact our customer support team who will be able to assist. We work with a wide range of suppliers including Hertz and can find the best deal on car hire for young drivers.
Phil Partridge
Posted: May 26, 2009 by Phil Partridge 5 comments
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

Last updated: Friday, July 3, 2020
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1/3/2011 7:20:13 PM
Thanks for the information, I am 19 and needing to hire a van and was about to give up before seeing this post. I have contacted Hertz to confirm if this is true or not, I hope it is. Thanks for the info, much appreciated!
3/6/2010 8:14:15 PM
I have called Hertz and they say that their minimum age to rent in France is still 21. Do you have any other source to confirm that the age limit has been lowered?
6/12/2009 8:44:48 PM
John Peters
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6/11/2009 12:52:42 PM
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5/27/2009 11:25:04 AM