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18 y/o Renting a Car in BC

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18 y/o Renting a Car in BC

In January, I'm going on a 14 day trip to BC, starting and ending around YVR (Vancouver International Airport). I'm 18 years old and I'm having trouble finding any car rental places who will even rent to me (underage fee or not). I've only been able to find U-Haul (trip in a van isn't ideal) and rentacarvancouver.com (terrible reviews).
Can anyone recommend a place that would rent to an 18 year old in Vancouver/Richmond, BC? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Is it a work trip?
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Vacation, but I could count it as a work trip. Would it being a work trip give me more options?
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I don’t think “counting it as a work trip” will do much unless your company has some agreement with rental agencies. 18 is a tough age and usually u haul will only help you with vans.

These guys allow 19+ might want to call them and see if they can refer you.

I’d be searching around for the small rental agencies.

Pacificcarrentals.com
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hmnd01 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2018 12:56 am
Vacation, but I could count it as a work trip. Would it being a work trip give me more options?
Probably ain't gonna work as far as the majors go. Some agencies will rent to younger renters if they're on company business.

Example, Thrifty will rent to under-21s on official business with U.S. and Canadian governments.

https://www.thriftycanada.ca/faqs/how-o ... y/1692/cms

You could try Rent-a-Wreck which is also called PractiCar these days. I didn't notice any age restrictions.
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GangStarr wrote:
Nov 8th, 2018 5:33 pm
I don’t think “counting it as a work trip” will do much unless your company has some agreement with rental agencies. 18 is a tough age and usually u haul will only help you with vans.

These guys allow 19+ might want to call them and see if they can refer you.

I’d be searching around for the small rental agencies.

Pacificarrentals.com.
Thank you for that suggestion! I called them and they said it's fine that I'm 18! Underage fee is $20/day and the two weeks including unerage fee, tax, etc. for a car with snow tires is $1588. $766 for their cheapest "economy" car.
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hmnd01 wrote: Thank you for that suggestion! I called them and they said it's fine that I'm 18! Underage fee is $20/day and the two weeks including unerage fee, tax, etc. for a car with snow tires is $1588. $766 for their cheapest "economy" car.
That’s great! I remember being your age and the frustrations with getting a car and all the fees even when over 21.

Have fun in beautiful BC and take care of the car. Don’t want to spoil the policy for future young people.

They really shouldn’t be able to charge extra after 21. Just rent a cheap hyundai to young people and be done with it.
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