senior car rental

In your experience is there any way my husband and I can rent or lease a car in the Cotswolds. We will be 81 and 83 but young and alert

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7670 posts

And Ed's other point was, there is no national age limit for car rental, as Mary stated. That's why we rely on experience, not just Google.

Posted by Sharon
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
892 posts

We had called Hertz about renting a car in the UK when we are 70 or over, and they told us they had no restrictions.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7954 posts

There's no national age limit. The UK accepts your U S license. All that's left is what the rental companies will do. They vary.

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3403 posts

I have read that Hertz UK and Avis in the UK do not have an upper age limit. Try them.

Posted by Monte
Genesee, ID
1376 posts

Some rental companies won't rent a car to people over 70. That gets me off the hook, and my wife has a few more years of driving on the wrong side of the road, which she does well.

Posted by Mary
Gulfport, FL
179 posts

I googled the question and found that each European country has its own upper age limits for car rental. I believe the UK is 69 but Ireland is 79. Try googling it and see what you can find. Back in 1999 my 78 year old father was unable to rent in England due to age.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7954 posts

'I googled the question.... I believe the UK is 69....' Refer to my previous post.

Posted by Mary
Gulfport, FL
179 posts

Ed....what's the issue? I read your post as referring to licensure when I thought the topic was age limit for renting. Licensing age and rental age are not necessarily the same, even in the States.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7954 posts

As clearly as I can put it: You can rent a car if you are over seventy. The only potential limitation is that imposed by the rental agency. Some have an upper age limit, some do not. A uniform standard does not exist regardless of what google sez.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7954 posts

Whew! Finally the true hot scoop. A non-automotive, non-governmental, non-British link which does not mention the United Kingdom. Take it to the bank. Well done, Google !

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7670 posts

But all it says is that companies in those countries might have limitations - no national restriction, no absolutes.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10846 posts

And that ARAP article is so broad and vague that it is worthless other than to say you might have a problem with being too old with some rental agencies. Which goes to my old rant, "Post what you know from experience and not what you think you might know from reading the internet."

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3296 posts

It really does depend on the company in the UK. There are some companies who will not rent to people over a certain age. I'm not specifying the age as it can vary. The issue is insurance costs. Smaller companies don't want to pay the higher costs. I say charge a premium. Geeze. But I've been voted down many times on this issue, but I keep brining it up as I know at some point in the not too distant future I will be deemed too old. So, I will have the option of making my nieces and nephews drive or paying for a chauffeur. All of which is irritating because I like to drive! In the meantime, rent from Hertz which seems to be able to deal with the issue. Pam

Posted by Mary
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
3 posts

Thank you all for your time and expertise.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8731 posts

How old? My father was renting cars in the UK when he was 80 and in Italy when he was 82. He was my inspiration to say I could drive in Italy. And I can.

Posted by Sally
Lafayette, CA
26 posts

I would really consider whether you truly want to rent a car and drive it. We are in our early seventies, consider ourselves young and alert but found the driving harrowing. In fact, we turned the car in a week early; we just returned from our trip. My husband is a great driver here and we have driven all over the US, Spain and Italy. But let's face it, our reaction time slows as we age. Switching to the other side of the road and the narrowness of the roads and the many curves will be daunting. Great differences in signage also--little warning for exits and few turnouts. Plus there are cyclists and walkers, esp. in the Cotswolds and Lake District. Driving really diminished our enjoyment of the trip and created undue stress. I know places like the Cotswolds are easiest done by car but there is bus transportation between certain cities (more frequent and regular than Rick mentions in his book) and there are taxis.