Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental have both lowered their minimum age to rent a car from 21 to 20 years old in both the United States and Canada. The exemptions are in Michigan, New York and the province of Quebec, areas where the minimum age to rent a vehicle is 18 as required by law. Both companies are brands under parent Hertz Corporation. By lowering their minimum age requirements to rent a vehicle, both companies are trying attract young drivers to their brand and give more opportunities for people to travel.
Paul Stone, Chief Retail Operations Officer of Hertz released a statement, "providing our customers with practical solutions is a top priority across all our brands," "Lowering the minimum age requirement at our Dollar and Thrifty locations will give more customers the opportunity to rent a vehicle while creating a new generation of customers who appreciate Dollar and Thrifty values." While the companies have lowered the minimum age requirement, it is common practice for car rental companies to charge a young driver surcharge and may charge a higher rate overall. In some cases the primary renter must be at least 25 years old to avoid the surcharge.
Susan Jacobs, Senior Vice President of both Dollar and Thrifty Brands, released in a statement "now, even more customers will be able to experience our Dollar and Thrifty brands when traveling." "From families taking vacations to students entering college, these customers can now look to both brands to help them get where they're going, exceeding their expectations along the way."