I am a 21 year old with almost 2 year old driving license. I'm going to the UK, and want to rent a car for several days, however when I searched for a rental car, I saw that 35-40 GBP were added as "Young Driver Surcharge" for each day. My question is, does this additional fee change from one rental company to other, or can I find a rental company that charges less for the same thing?
No, these fees may vary, as may the age range they are applied for. Note also these change significantly between countries (and in some cases even between locations within a country).
Some of the main supplier's conditions in the UK:
Supplier MinAge Fee NoFeeAge
Alamo 22 £27^ 25 Avis 21 £45 25 Budget 23 £39" 25 Enterprise 25 ? 25° Europcar 22 £31 25 Hertz 23 £31" 25 National 22 £27^ 25 Sixt 21 £36 25* Thrifty 21 £25" 25
"incl. tax - suppliers with no note may or may not be incl. tax
^excl. tax - suppliers with no note may or may not be incl. tax
°Enterprise is not very clear; the selection form allows selecting age 18-24, but the terms say minimum age 25. Also the selection form returns an error saying 'some locations' may have age restrictions on all UK locations I have checked.
*Sixt is not consistent in what is says on it's site. The Rental Guide says ages 21-23 will face the charge and mentions neither car classes on the amount payable, the Rental Information says all drivers below 25 pay £36 and lists a range of car classes which basically comprises all available for hire below the age of 25.
Here are links to the relevant pages of the mentioned suppliers - with the exception of Avis which does not allow direct linking to any useful page it seems: Alamo Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Thrifty