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Is there an upper age limit for car hire?

Jenai Laignel / 19 January 2015

More seniors are travelling than ever before, but there are still a few areas where age can work against you; one of the main ones being when you are faced with trying to hire a rental car.

Upper age limit car hire
Insurance companies set a maximum age for car rental; usually the cut-off is 70 or 75

Believe it or not, at many overseas rental car counters, regulations are leaving senior travellers stranded after they are deemed "too old" to hire the car they have reserved.

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Is there an upper-age limit for car hire?

Insurance companies set a maximum age for car rental; usually the cut-off is 70 or 75.

Different rental companies, however, will have differing insurance providers, so the only way you will really know if you're allowed to drive away in the reserved hire car is if you ask about age restrictions prior to your holiday. Be warned: some hire companies will ask to see a doctor's note before you travel.

Here at Saga, we think age, wisdom and experience should be rewarded for safer driving. As a result, we offer various exclusive discounts and incentives to our customers. We work alongside Hertz – one of the most well-known and reputable car hire companies – to take the stress out of hiring a car.

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Hertz car hire

At Hertz, there is no upper age limit for car hire*. In fact, Hertz will even offer a 10% discount and a free additional driver to all Saga customers who book via this link.

In addition, you will receive two Nectar points for every qualifying pound spent, and free membership to our Gold Plus Rewards Five-Star upper tier.

With over 8,500 Hertz branches in 147 countries, the only conundrum you'll be left with is choosing the perfect holiday destination.

Find out more about Hertz's special discounts for Saga customers.

*At some overseas branches, certain restrictions apply. Please contact Hertz for more details.

Whether you’re renewing your license or still have some years to go, make sure that your car is covered with Saga Car Insurance. Find out more today.


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.