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Car Rentals For Under 21 Years of Age

Young people love South Africa! Students, interns and tourists visit this beautiful land each year. Many require independent transport, but find it tough to hire cars using cash advance loans due to their age. We cater for all the car rental needs of under-21s (yes that includes individuals under-20 and under-19) visiting South Africa as confide international travelers.

You have read and heard that drivers 18 years old or under 21 have difficulties with the insurance for rental cars, our rental package includes a full comprehensive insurance which covers the entire insurance and there is no excess to be paid. The only restrictions in place for young drivers is that they refrain from drinking alcohol whilst using the car and that they drive carefully and when planning a trip to neighboring countries that they leave enough time to get to their planned destination and back.

This means if you are a foreigner and have turned 18 and you have a valid driver’s license, We can supply you with a suitable car! Therefore, there is no need to stress anymore! Even though your 18, 19 or 20 we believe in your driving ability and will fulfill all your car hire needs.

* See our current Under-19, 20 and 21 Special Deals!

Your main requirements are affordability, reliability and a car that is economical to run. We are committed to meeting these requirements and providing you with great service.

The minimum age for car rental in South Africa, however, is 21 with most car rental and car hire agencies. We believe in our younger drivers. If you are under-21, under-20 or even under-19, but at least 18 years of age with a clean, valid unendorsed driver’s license for at least 2 full years you can hire a car. If you wish to do so for an extended period of time you need to look at maxi-rental, (perfect for 6 to 8 weeks) or for a full Gap Year, the Rental Purchase / Buyback option is ideal for students. The car buyback option is also ideal, if you have had your driver’s licence for under 2 years, as you can still buy a car and we can insure you. Increased excess amounts do apply for under 22, 24, 25 year olds buying a car in South Africa.

Student cars are supplied by the biggest car rental network in South Africa. We are a broker for several renowned local rental companies including Hertz, Avis, Budget, Starcar, Europcar and Thrifty. Through the relationships we have established with these companies we are able to offer a wide choice of modern rental cars for age 18 car hire students throughout South Africa, at rates that are realistic and affordable.

Other conditions of service are also favorable. You are able to collect and drop off vehicles at most cities and airports around the country- or even have them delivered to your door. Unlimited kilometers, insurance (fully comprehensive cover) and border crossing to neighboring countries are included.

Our special ‘under-21’, ‘under-20’ and ‘under-19’ student package is available in South Africa and also to the following countries: Namibia, Zambia, from Botswana to Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.

For longer stays in Cape Town, the rental purchase option is well worth considering. From a period of 3 months on, rental purchase (buying a car) makes far more financial sense than standard car rental. Long-term rental for students or interns and the rental purchase option make stress-free transport and traveling in South Africa possible.

Want to incorporate a stint of voluntary work into your internship in Cape Town?

Simply select the organisation of your choice, and once you have signed up and found out the location of the project, your dates and times of arrival and departure- let us know your transport requirements. We will work out the most suitable student car rental offer and email you a quote.

Quick, uncomplicated and free of charge. Compare the quotations and rent your desired car. The following question often pops up.

Why do car renters under 25 have to pay more with rental companies?

Why do car rental companies charge an extra fee for renting to a driver under 25 years or under 22 years for that matter? Some car hiring companies even decline renting to under age renters or have an inflated extra charge per day for the under 24 years 23, 22 or 20 year old. Is this not age discrimination when an “underage” driver has a surcharge on top of his normal daily car rental costs?

The answer is purely the risk to the rental companies. The reason is that young drivers are more susceptible to damage and accidents – it is the same reason why young people pay higher car insurance rates, the world over. To state it bluntly the Rental car agencies incur more risk with young drivers. They would charge the renter the underage charge even if he wants to take the car on his own insurance.

We have developed a package together with the major car rental companies that offer car hire exclusively to foreign underage drivers right down to 18 or 19 years old. The reason being that our foreign travellers have far more stringent laws for their driving licence in their respective countries and do far more practical driving hours at night, during the day on highways and secondary roads and actually clock up a number of required hours of driving before they are allowed to take up a driving licence.

So with our rental package the insurance for the student car rental in Cape Town, South Africa is already included and even drivers looking for 18 year old car hire or under age of 22, 23 or 24 are able to drive a rental car with fully comprehensive cover.

In conclusion, if you hold a foreign passport and are under 21 and have held a clean, valid unendorsed driver’s license for at least 2 years, plus have an adventurous spirit, this package is ideal for you! You won’t have to pay any underage surcharge as required by many other companies and your overall costs will be much lower.

Enjoy a trouble free time in South Africa with a car supplied.


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