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    Car Hire - New driver

    Hi, I've recently got my full driving licence. I am over 25yrs old and was wondering are there any car hire companies that will rent to a new driver with a licence less than 1 year?
    I don't need a car much, maybe just once or so every month (or even every other month)
    . Not so often to require me buying a car that's why I am looking into hiring whenever I need it.

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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    I suspect that most vehicle hire companies will want to see a licence held for at least 12months, which is kinda weird because if the NQD doesn't drive for those 12months then it is probable that the skillset will have deteriorated in that time compared to immediately after qualification.

    I've rented from a few (the big ones you find at airports) and as far as I know they only ask for your age, not how long you've been driving - which they can't tell anyway, because since a lot of car rental places cater to people from other countries, how would they be able to check when you first passed your test?
    Edited by: "Muir" 14th Apr

    If you do hire a car make sure you take out excess insurance ( but not with the hire company )

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    AndyRoyd

    I suspect that most vehicle hire companies will want to see a licence … I suspect that most vehicle hire companies will want to see a licence held for at least 12months, which is kinda weird because if the NQD doesn't drive for those 12months then it is probable that the skillset will have deteriorated in that time compared to immediately after qualification.



    Thanks

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    Muir

    I've rented from a few (the big ones you find at airports) and as far as … I've rented from a few (the big ones you find at airports) and as far as I know they only ask for your age, not how long you've been driving - which they can't tell anyway, because since a lot of car rental places cater to people from other countries, how would they be able to check when you first passed your test?



    Thanks, that's my thinking too but I was just looking in a few sites and they seem to require you to have had your licence for a min 12 months

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    bogglebrain

    If you do hire a car make sure you take out excess insurance ( but not … If you do hire a car make sure you take out excess insurance ( but not with the hire company )



    Thanks, what company will you recommend for the excess insurance please?

    mkkyb

    Thanks, that's my thinking too but I was just looking in a few sites and … Thanks, that's my thinking too but I was just looking in a few sites and they seem to require you to have had your licence for a min 12 months



    If you're looking at aggregator websites, it's possible that they ask because one (or more) of the companies they cover has this in their policy. Maybe it's because it hasn't really affected me, but I've never been asked and I've never seen it pop up on a site (unlike Age, which always gets asked). Unless I'm blind, Enterprise doesn't ask.

    I haven't got any particular one in mind. There are loads for about £4 or £5 a day. Questor going through MSE comes out at just over £31 for an annual policy( after the 25% code from MSE ). This obviously becomes the cost effective option if you are planning to hire more than 8 days a year.
    To give you an idea why you don't go through the car hire people, when we hired a transit they wanted £20 per day excess waiver insurance and Questor did it for less than £5 a day.

    You can use Enterprise / Alamo / National Car. They do NOT need you to hold your license for any minimum period. I tried it a week after I got my license and have used them multiple times since. All the best.

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    JohnnyZee

    You can use Enterprise / Alamo / National Car. They do NOT need you to … You can use Enterprise / Alamo / National Car. They do NOT need you to hold your license for any minimum period. I tried it a week after I got my license and have used them multiple times since. All the best.



    Thanks JohnnyZee. I've just been in Enterprise website and you are right, they don't need me to have held my license for any minimum period. Thanks

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    bogglebrain

    I haven't got any particular one in mind. There are loads for about £4 or … I haven't got any particular one in mind. There are loads for about £4 or £5 a day. Questor going through MSE comes out at just over £31 for an annual policy( after the 25% code from MSE ). This obviously becomes the cost effective option if you are planning to hire more than 8 days a year. To give you an idea why you don't go through the car hire people, when we hired a transit they wanted £20 per day excess waiver insurance and Questor did it for less than £5 a day.



    Thanks bogglebrain. Yea getting annual cover sounds better. I will look into getting one. Thanks

    mkkyb

    Thanks JohnnyZee. I've just been in Enterprise website and you are right, … Thanks JohnnyZee. I've just been in Enterprise website and you are right, they don't need me to have held my license for any minimum period. Thanks



    Enterprise was the only one I could find without the one year requirement when I checked a few years back. Depending on how long you will be renting the car for each time (and which car you hire), it *might* turn out cheaper (not to mention more convenient) to get a cheap runabout. You will also start earning a no claims discount that way, which you will appreciate later!

    Absolutely do get excess insurance though. You're likely to be driving a different car every time and without experience the risk of having a few small accidents is very high.

    mkkyb

    Thanks JohnnyZee. I've just been in Enterprise website and you are right, … Thanks JohnnyZee. I've just been in Enterprise website and you are right, they don't need me to have held my license for any minimum period. Thanks


    just remember to keep checking that you've had your £200 deposit paid back..

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    dave80

    Enterprise was the only one I could find without the one year requirement … Enterprise was the only one I could find without the one year requirement when I checked a few years back. Depending on how long you will be renting the car for each time (and which car you hire), it *might* turn out cheaper (not to mention more convenient) to get a cheap runabout. You will also start earning a no claims discount that way, which you will appreciate later!Absolutely do get excess insurance though. You're likely to be driving a different car every time and without experience the risk of having a few small accidents is very high.



    Thanks dave80. I had considered a small runabout car but with where I live I have easy access to trains, trams, buses and most places I go are within walking distance (15-20mins). That's why for now am leaning towards hiring, if I do need a car more often then I will look into small runabout.
    Edited by: "mkkyb" 17th Apr

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    dataload

    just remember to keep checking that you've had your £200 deposit paid … just remember to keep checking that you've had your £200 deposit paid back..



    Thanks dataload, will be sure to check
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