I will be travelling to Scotland in the end of October and I'm looking into renting a car for 10 days to visit the beautiful Scotland landscape. I have already done some research and selected a small car (I'm a student on limited budget) when I found out that by UK standards you are considered a young driver if you're under 25 years (I'm 23). When I came to the payment step of my reservation I almost had an heart attack. The young driver surcharge was more than the rental of the car with full insurance protection. (The car is somewhere about 300€ all together and the surcharge is 300+€). This is just nonsense to me. Is there any way that I can avoid this surcharge or minimise it? Are there any car dealers than don't charge you this fee?
I have my licence for 5 years and I have driven over 70000km in that time. No insurance claims up to this date.