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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.

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hmnd01 wrote:
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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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You should consider CAR Share services instead of car rental....depending on how often you use it, it's much cheaper as their PER MINUTE RATE includes gas, insurance and parking.

The service is one way rentals ie you find a car, reserve it, take it and park it and leave => pay per minute. Walk around, do whatever you want and then if you want another car, you search for another car in your vicinity on the app, reserve it, take it and park it and leave => pay per minute.

Compare that to regular rental where you pay upfront for the whole day, you still have to pay for gas, parking and you always have to go back to your car to get it....if you walked a mile away, you have to walk back a mile to get your car and repeat.

EVO.CA

To join Evo you must be at least 18 years old, have a credit card, a valid drivers license, 2 years of driving experience and meet our minimum driving requirements verified by a driving record check.

Car2GO.com

Anyone! There are just a few requirements members need to meet to be covered under our insurance. A member needs to be at least 18 years of age and have a reasonable amount of driving experience; so members cannot have a learner’s permit or be a “new” driver. Also, a member must have a driver’s abstract in good standing, with no alcohol- or drug-related violations. Offenses under the motor vehicle code will be examined — and their severity can negate membership.

FYI the 1 day rate with Car2GO is $69+tax+fees which is less than that $1500 rate you were quoted for two weeks. Unless you're driving a lot, which I doubt, if you pick up a car 4 times in a day and you drive 15 minutes each time, you're spending less than $25 per day with either EVO or Car2go...and you don't have to pay for gas or parking.

I recommend you sign up for both services which increases the number of cars you can use/access
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gr8dlr wrote: You should consider CAR Share services instead of car rental....depending on how often you use it, it's much cheaper as their PER MINUTE RATE includes gas, insurance and parking.

The service is one way rentals ie you find a car, reserve it, take it and park it and leave => pay per minute. Walk around, do whatever you want and then if you want another car, you search for another car in your vicinity on the app, reserve it, take it and park it and leave => pay per minute.

Compare that to regular rental where you pay upfront for the whole day, you still have to pay for gas, parking and you always have to go back to your car to get it....if you walked a mile away, you have to walk back a mile to get your car and repeat.

EVO.CA

To join Evo you must be at least 18 years old, have a credit card, a valid drivers license, 2 years of driving experience and meet our minimum driving requirements verified by a driving record check.

Car2GO.com

Anyone! There are just a few requirements members need to meet to be covered under our insurance. A member needs to be at least 18 years of age and have a reasonable amount of driving experience; so members cannot have a learner’s permit or be a “new” driver. Also, a member must have a driver’s abstract in good standing, with no alcohol- or drug-related violations. Offenses under the motor vehicle code will be examined — and their severity can negate membership.

FYI the 1 day rate with Car2GO is $69+tax+fees which is less than that $1500 rate you were quoted for two weeks. Unless you're driving a lot, which I doubt, if you pick up a car 4 times in a day and you drive 15 minutes each time, you're spending less than $25 per day with either EVO or Car2go...and you don't have to pay for gas or parking.

I recommend you sign up for both services which increases the number of cars you can use/access
Good review but wrong thread. OP mentions 14 day trip. I very much doubt he’s looking for a city based short term car share
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GangStarr wrote:
Nov 17th, 2018 4:27 pm
Good review but wrong thread. OP mentions 14 day trip. I very much doubt he’s looking for a city based short term car share
He's flying into and out of Vancouver... I'm assuming he's going to spend some time in the big Vancouver in which case, he doesn't need to rent a car while he is there.

The thing is OP is looking to rent a car for the full 14 days and he's been quoted $1500. Car2go is actually cheaper than that even if he kept the car for the 14 days.
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Just wanted to provide an update on what I ended up doing.
For the time I was in Vancouver (half the trip), I used car2go, which totalled $693.64 ($283.16 for first 3 days, $296.90 for next 3 days (went over by 21 minutes by mistake which added to cost), and $113.58 for one more day.)
I then got Pacific Car Rental for a total of $970.18 plus $94.03 for third-party accidental (rental started on same day that car2go ended and ended one day after the end of the trip so I could use the key drop at night. Overall, definitely not the most economical rental situation, but it worked.
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As for Evo, @gr8dlr, I have signed up for it because I found a promo code that covers the signup-fee, but it ends up being more expensive per-day than car2go and the 200km total trip limit (regardless of how many days you go) is beat by car2go's daily 200km limit. If you go with a 3 day package, car2go also ends up being cheaper per day. I think Evo has car2go beat in terms of customer support though, I've called them a few times and I was able to completely understand them every time. car2go's support appears to be based in Quebec with primarily French speakers whose English is often completely unintelligible.
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OP you mentioned that you "could count it as a work trip" but it sounds like you didn't. I had a friend who went on a business trip to the US. His car was booked by his employer. When he went to pick up the car he was refused because he was under 25. My friend got his employer on the phone and passed the phone to the rental agent. It was a short call. My friend left with the car.

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