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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2005, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Renting a car?

Going to buy a car out in VA, and was wondering if I could rent a car one-way and drop it off, but my dilemma is im 18.

Would it be possible to lets say have my mom rent the car, and I drop it off? I've never rented a car so I dont know the procedure, however I know you have to be atleast 21 in most cases to rent, but would I be able to drop it off?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2005, 09:01 PM
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Why not just fly out and have owner pick ya up? I've never done or asked about a 1way. Try calling a car rental place I would say.


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you generally can not rent a car one way, and you usually can't leave that state either...of course, you CAN do all these things but they charge a lot more.

I suggest renting a uhaul something or other. I bet it's way cheaper.

And, either way, have your mom to the renting. You will pay a LOT being under 25 and even more being under 21.

Good luck.
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Trying to leave tommorow, and plane ticket costs 410$

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You can't rent any car or u-haul being under 21, insurance doesn't cover you. I'd fly, or have someone drive you out there. Or there's always greyhound.
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Or there's always greyhound.
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If the ticket is $410 that wil easily be the cheaper way to go.

Renting a car will be difficult, mainly due to your age. The ones that will rent one way will want you to be 25 or prepay via a corporate account. I had to go through the same crap went I traveled for work while I was 19-21. Generally they will charge you a one way fee of about $300, often more depending on distance, on top of the normal rental fee and mileage fees. I think about the only one that will rent to minors independently will be Enterprise, and they don't do one ways, or didn't last I knew, which was when I had ot rent one from them when my car got wrecked in PA and needed to get back here. So still had to take the car back to them in PA (that was a shitty New Years )

To rent a UHaul one way will cost a fortune, about $300 for a call trailer, then you still need to pay gas for the vehicle to pull it. If you need to rent the truck from them, it will be well over $1000. I just priced one of the smaller trucks (17') + car trailer and was about $1500 for the truck and $288 for the trailer to go from NJ to IL. I would imagine the costs to be similar from VA, probably a bit more due ot distance. Then you have to pay gas and tolls on top of that.

A $410 plane ticket is the way to go, plus you'll save a crapload of time. You'll still save money even if you have to pay $100 for a taxi or car service to get you where you need to go when you get there.

Anyway, good luck, but I recommend the plane ticket, especially if it is less that $1000.
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Trying to leave tommorow, and plane ticket costs 410$
Just pay the plane ticket. It will save you so much time and will probably end up being cheaper. And again, time = money. $410 is a lot but it's not THAT bad. Still less than business class.

Oh, and if you buy the ticket last minute, you WILL be flagged for security (esp if it's one way). So make extra time for that, or don't being any carry-ons.

Also, for a cheaper ticket, if u are trying to travel one way-- just buy a round trip. Often cheaper, and just don't use the return leg.
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Rental charges will be outrageous for your age. Plus you have to get the mileage on the car, and gas costs too. You're much better off buying a plane ticket.

Shop around for tickets. Southwest usually has very good deals on 1 way tickets. And don't forget to check out Orbitz.com

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Haha, everytime I log on that page I think of you, I checked expedia real quick and they gave me no flights, ill check orbitz right now

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I used to get rental cars all the time when I was 19 and 20. Then again that was 88 and 89. Lets just say I found teh handling limits of a 88 Taurus when I passed a CHP officer going the other way on Molholland Drive doing 70+ in a 45 twisty section.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 04:14 AM
 
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do you know if that car will be able to make the trip back home?
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