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Old Jan 3rd 2023, 10:24 pm
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We need to hire a car at Heathrow in a few months but we need to find one that our 22 yo can also drive. She has a full Canadian licence.

Can anyone suggest a car hire firm that has reasonable rates for someone of this age. My husband will also drive.

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Old Jan 4th 2023, 12:59 am
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Enterprise at Heathrow are very good.
Heathrow Airport, Northern Perimeter Rd, Hounslow TW6 2RY
+44 208 897 2100


Used them a few times, never had any problems
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Old Jan 4th 2023, 1:13 am
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Thank you for the suggestion!
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Enterprise at Heathrow are very good.
Heathrow Airport, Northern Perimeter Rd, Hounslow TW6 2RY
+44 208 897 2100


Used them a few times, never had any problems
Yeah, I crashed one of their cars last year and it all got sorted out with minimal hassle.
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Enterprise at Heathrow are very good.
Heathrow Airport, Northern Perimeter Rd, Hounslow TW6 2RY
+44 208 897 2100


Used them a few times, never had any problems
Enterprise minimum age is 25 though. https://www.enterprise.co.uk/en/help...ent-a-car.html

Snowy, this may help narrow it down a bit - https://www.vroomvroomvroom.co.uk/re...n/minimum-age/
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Thank you!
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Try MoneyMaxim | Compare Car Hire & Excess Insurance
We've found them competitive in the past but no recent experience.
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I also found turo.com

Which is like Airbnb for cars.

I'm reading mixed reviews.

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I would try and stick with one of the big ones like Enterprise, Avis etc. Not too long ago I hired a car at Bristol Airport with one of the lesser known hirers and when we arrived to collect the vehicle an hour or so late due to late flight arrival, from memory around 6pm, their office was shut. We had to hire another vehicle with Avis as all the mainstream hirers were still open. I got my money back from the other one but it was a hassle, I guess you get what you pay for.
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We found a local Toyota dealership which we knew when we were living there. They rent cars. The price is very reasonable and my daughter can drive as long as she can prove she's held a full licence for at least two years. We'll just have to take a taxi from the airport.

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.... We'll just have to take a taxi from the airport.
I was about to recommend that - the rental agencies at airports are considerably more expensive, so taking a train or taxi to your destination and then renting a car there can make a lot of sense, especially if you can rent a smaller car that doesn't need to carry all your luggage from the airport.

BTW Can your daughter drive a manual transmission car? Most cheaper rentals in the UK are still manual, and you will have to request an automatic if you need one. Personally, I would recommend an automatic for a younger driver who is not used to driving on the left.
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Thanks for your comments. No she doesn't drive manual. We will ask for an automatic!
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Thanks for your comments. No she doesn't drive manual. We will ask for an automatic!
Very smart! .... Even if you're experienced and fully comfortable with a manual transmission it can take some time to get used to reaching for the gear lever with your other hand when switching between RHD and LHD. I had only owned manuals in the UK when I came to the US, and bought a manual Mustang, and it took me about six months to stop reflexively reaching for the door handle with my left hand.
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I also found turo.com

Which is like Airbnb for cars.

I'm reading mixed reviews.
yes if using Turo, take photos of EVERYTHING before you drive off. Heard of multiple horror stories of owners claiming renters were responsible for damaged caused by the owner.
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Thanks both! We will definitely get an automatic and have decided against Turo although maybe I'd use them in the future. I read the horror stories too!
i would have used Turo for this trip if we hadn't found the Toyota dealership.

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