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What Do I Need to Know Before Booking a Car Rental in Canada?

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We at VroomVroomVroom have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for your convenience before you book your rental car in Canada. Since we get these questions a lot, you will finally find the answers below.

What is the minimum age to rent a car?

Generally, renters need to be at least 21 years old and should have a minimum of 12 months of driving experience in order to rent a car in Canada. Please note that an Age Differential Charge will apply to those under 25.

Click here to see what car rental companies rent under 25.

Will I need an International Driving Permit?

For customers with a licence in a language other than English and the letters are not English, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required. Customers may not rent a vehicle solely with the IDP as it serves as a translation only and is not recognised a licence.

Learn more about International Driver's Permit here.

What is the best type of car to rent in Canada?

Most rental companies in Canada offer a wide range of vehicles, ranging from small economy cars to full-size or SUV to large luxury models and vans. Think carefully what you'll be driving and whether you will need a compact car for city driving or a full-size vehicle for challenging roads.

Read more about the Best Rental Cars.

Is insurance included in the price?

Generally, renters will get a basic level of cover included in the cost of their rental. However, there are exceptions, especially if you are a resident of Canada. A few credit card companies might offer damage and theft cover for rental cars. Should you decide to rely on that cover, you can book a basic package (sometimes called a standard package) that doesn't include damage and theft cover. On the other hand, you can book an inclusive package that does include damage and theft cover.

Click here to learn how car rental insurance works differently in Canada.

Important

Before you book your rental car in Canada

There are a few important things to remember such as age and drivers licence requirement. You have to be at least 21 years old. Valid licence from country of residence will be required at time of rental, along with a valid credit card for the deposit. Further, you will need to have arranged your International Driving Permit before you arrive in Canada if it is required. Please note also that all extras and additional services will attract additional local percentage taxes and surcharges and may vary from state to state.

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