ln response to what Hertz senior vice president Jayesh Patel describes as “extraordinary disruptions” to daily life because of the coronavirus and to students and younger drivers returning home or who need transportation, Hertz is lowering the minimum age to rent a vehicle.
Now through the end of May, Hertz is lowering the minimum age from 20 to 18 years old to rent a vehicle at all U.S. and Canada corporate-owned locations. The company is also waiving its young renter fee.
The news comes after Enterprise Holdings announced earlier this week it was reducing its minimum age for all U.S. military members and government employees renting vehicles for personal needs.
For Hertz, customers between the ages of 18 and 24 seeking to rent a vehicle must present a valid driver’s license at the time of pickup.
Additional steps Hertz is also taking to provide more flexibility to customers:
— Flexible debit card policy: At all neighborhood U.S. corporate-owned locations, Hertz is lowering the minimum age to rent a car with a debit card to 18 years old. Hertz is also eliminating proof of return travel and reducing ID requirements.
— One-way rental savings: Through April 30 at U.S. corporate-owned locations, Hertz customers can save up to 10% off the base rate on one-way rentals.
— Moving and storage savings: Hertz has partnered with PODS to offer special savings for customers with flexible moving and storage needs. In the U.S. and Canada, PODS is offering a special, limited-time savings of 10% off each month’s container rental for up to six months. The company is also offering 10% off initial delivery and 10% off transportation charges for long-distance moves.
“We are making it easier for college students and younger drivers to rent at Hertz, and our nearly 3,000 airport and neighborhood locations across the country stand ready to help them,” Patel said in a news release.