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    What Are the Age Restrictions When Renting a Car in Canada?

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    Renting a car can be confusing since many rental companies have a minimum age requirement of 21. However, certain restrictions may apply depending on the rental location. It is always important to ask questions if you think the information being provided is not clear enough. VroomVroomVroom has put together a quick guide to help make your booking experience run as smoothly as possible.

    What is the minimum age to rent a car in Canada?

    Generally, drivers need to be at least 21 years old and will need to have a minimum of 12 months of driving experience before they can rent a car in Canada. To avoid paying for an age surcharge, the primary renter and any additional drivers of the vehicle must be at least 25. Note that drivers between 21-24 are not permitted to drive certain specialty and larger-sized vehicles. ​

    Click here​​​ to know more about Minimum age and Young Driver Surcharge.

    What is the maximum age to rent a car in Canada?

    Most car rental companies do not typically have a maximum age limit that can prevent senior citizens from renting a car in Canada. However, those drivers age 70 and older are encouraged to notify or contact the rental location directly to confirm whether there are no maximum age restrictions.

    Can I rent a car at 18?

    Yes, renting a car at 18 is possible. In Saskatchewan and Quebec, drivers as young as 18 can rent cars with Avis, Dollar, Thrifty and Hertz, but are subject to a Young Renter Fee.

    Read more about Teenage Drivers​.

    Important:

    Age Restrictions

    Before you can rent a car in Canada, you must be at least 21 years old (unless you are in Saskatchewan ​or Quebec, where the age limit is 18 years old). Drivers under the age of 25 will need to pay an age surcharge. There are no maximum age limits in Canada, however, it is recommended to always check the terms and conditions of your rental. Restrictions on the size and type of vehicles may apply to renters between 21- 24 years old​.

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