Edinburgh Car Rental

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Young driver car hire with Edinburgh Car Rental

Young Driver Car Hire Edinburgh

You're only young once! Whilst this phrase is of course true, it doesn't take in to account the difficulty that young people can face when trying to rent a car.

Hiring a car when you are aged less than 25 can be very hard and is a worldwide problem facing young people, not just in Edinburgh. The main problem is that the most well known car rental companies simply won't rent to anyone under 25 and the few that will charge astronomical fees to do so. Why is this? It all comes down to insurance. Young drivers are essentially a bigger risk and have a higher chance of having an accident but it's not very fair to apply that to every young person with a driving licence is it?

At Edinburgh Car Rental we take driving experience, qualifications and even personality in to account when considering hiring to a younger driver. In short, we assess every driver individually and because of this we probably rent to more young people than anybody else in Edinburgh.

There is a limit to what we can offer though. For example, the more powerful or prestige cars on our fleet are off limits unless you are a regular customer who has proven themselves to be trustworthy. It's also important to note that reasonable charges and higher security deposits may apply to younger drivers.

Need Some Help?

Our best rates for young drivers aren't available to book online so if you're under 25 and need to rent a car in Edinburgh then please chat to us online or visit our contact page and we'll be happy to discuss hiring a car to you.

by Edinburgh Car Rental is rated 5 / 5 based on 48 reviews.

"Edinburgh Car Rental is a fantastic company. Michael was very helpful. The prices are so cheap compared to other companies, trust me, I didn't believe it at first. But this company is professional and generous. My hybrid Yaris was a dream to drive and I had zero complications. The refund for the deposit took a few days which is amazing compared to other companies. I loved my Yaris so much that I feel like buying one back at home in Australia, although unfortunately the hybrid version isn't on the market here. They cater to young people as well. I'm 21 and had zero complications getting a car. All in all, Edinburgh Car Rental is the best car hire service in all of Scotland. I'll definitely be using them again."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 22 Oct 2018


"The car we rented was perfectly fine. It was in great condition and it was very clean. Instructions in advance and at the pick-up very clear and very friendly. We would definitely recommend others to hire a car here, or hire again ourself if we'd be coming back to Schotland."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 21 Oct 2018


"It was a pleasant journey with the car. Car was smooth, nice and the staff of course friendly. Cost is really reasonable and the communication in the email between us were also very helpful and effective. We will come back if there is any trips in the near future for sure."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 16 Oct 2018


"We had a wonderful experience with Edinburgh car rental! Both the cars we received were in very good condition and we had no problems with them while we had them. The service was great! It was quick and on time. I originally went with your company because your cost was less than other companies in the area. For someone who is under 25 the price you offer is significantly better than other companies around. We were very happy with our experience here and would highly recommend you to friends and family that may be looking to a hire a car in Edinburgh in the future. We hope to come back soon! Thank you!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"It was good, high ratings on everything. The price was way too high, but we are under 25 so nothing we can really do about that, yours was better than most of the competitors we found.

I do wish the inspection was possible in person so it wasn't as much of a surprise after getting home, but again we dropped the car off before your office was open.

You were very flexible in terms of drop off which we appreciated and the card was good."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"I definitely enjoyed hiring with you.

When hiring I found you were quick to answer and helpful, when there was a mix up with the hiring dates.

When collecting and returning the car you were flexible and friendly.

We were offered a free upgrade from a Toyota Yaris to a good sized BMW, which besides from being a nicer ride turned out to be better suited the the Scottish terrain.

And last, but definitely not least, you were the cheapest opportunity for drivers under 25 years, by far.

Recently I spoke to a friend, whom I by chance found out had hired with you as well, and had had a similar good experience."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"We had a wonderful experience with Edinburgh Car Rental. Your price was much lower than other car rentals and the service was beyond what we could expect. It was easy to pick up the car, even though we arrived outside normal opening hours, and we were really happy to find out that you had upgraded our car. That was a very nice surprise, which gave us an even better experience in Scotland!

Everything worked out smoothly and we experienced no problems or unexpected extra costs. Your service is amazing and we actually talked about that quite a lot, even after we got back to Denmark. We would definitely recommend you to other people coming to Scotland to experience the country by car!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"There was no service I was able to find that matched your price for the vehicle type (wagon, automatic trans) and the insurance/mileage etc. That alone was a massive win.

In terms of match for the trip, we had a few issues in Skye, as the roads there are quaint, and terrible. The ride-height of the Toyota was not a match for some of the mud and potholes we encountered (even without any off-road travel). We got through, but the gent who inspected the vehicle on return did give the car a thorough inspection. He definitely made me feel a bit nervous about wear due to negligence versus wear from being driven in Scotland for 10 days.

Other than that, everything was perfect. That same gent was quite kind in directing me to the bus to get back to town. When we visit again, I'll definitely be in touch."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"Everthing was fine. The vehicle was in a very good overall shape. In our opinion, the costs were pretty low for young drivers and the provided service by Graeme was very kind as well. We really enjoyed our trip and can strongly recommend your company."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"I had a great experience renting from your company. I got very timely responses to questions which was very reassuring. It was also the cheapest rental I could find after much research, for a young driver. The car was clean, drove smoothly and was fuel efficient being a hybrid."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"Everything was great, service was outstanding and the value was very good as well for what we paid. Car was brand new and exactly as described."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 15 Oct 2018


"The car hire was excellent, definitely the best car hire experience I've ever had. Pick up and drop off were both easy, reduced young driver fee and availability of an automatic car made the experience much better and more affordable."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 02 Sept 2018


"There is not much to say, our experience with the car was more then amazing. We were fine about almost everything."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 01 Sept 2018


"My experience was amazing. To be honest, you saved the day! It cost less than half the price of your competitors and the car you offered was clearly from a better category. On top of that, you were all very helpful. Thanks again for your service. I'd recommend you to anyone looking for a car rental near Edinburgh."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 31 Aug 2018


"We really enjoyed our trip and nothing of it would have been possible without the car and the price for hire. As we are two under 25 drivers the prices of other companies were just unbelievable.

It was the perfect car to visit Scotland and very easy to adapt to. Previously to the hiring, you and your colleagues answer perfectly to all our questions and doubts in excellent times and we would like to thank you for that!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 31 Aug 2018


"I was satisfied with the service as well, very welcoming and in search of the best options. Maybe a bit long to reply by mail.

The cost was a bit high but fine I guess in comparison with the other companies. In fact you are one of the only companies offering young driver rentings."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 04 Aug 2018


"It was a great experience renting with you guys - the car was perfect and the cost was relatively low, especially being under 25."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 04 Aug 2018


"Our experience with all of your services was simply excellent! If it wasn't for you, we'd probably stay without any possibility to hire a car in Scotland, since nobody wants to hire a car to young drivers or the price for it is almost double as the original price for "older" drivers. So we want to say a big THANK YOU for making that kind of experience happen.

Beside that, we would like to say we're very pleased with your responsiveness and communication with us as your client. Since it was our first time in Edinburgh, we got a little bit lost on our way to your place and we were already running late for our appointment, so I called Mr Graeme and he was instantly willing to send us all of the exact information on how to get to you AND was willing to kindly wait for us until we came (which was more than half an hour past his official workhours). Big thanks!

Also, we've got a free upgrade the last minute and we enjoyed exploring your beautiful country in a brilliant BMW!

Couldn't be more happy with your services, will surely recommend to everybody searching for a car hire company in Scotland."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 20 July 2018


"I have been travelling for over a month and a half now, we have rented from several car companies, and I have to say that renting through you has been the most relaxing, easiest, and nicest (the car itself, Steven, and yourself) car hire that I have experienced this trip.

As a young driver, I have found it very difficult to find a car hire that was as accommodating as yours. Other car hires were going to charge me more than double the amount because I am under 25, even though I have had 8 years of driving experience. So, finding your car hire that accommodates young drivers was great.

The car itself was great too. It was perfect for driving on Skye and considering I drive on the right hand side at home, it was a comfortable transition to the left side of the road because of the size of the car itself. The only thing we found a bit stressful was making sure we were under the mileage allowance for entirety of the trip, so we had to plan our distances accordingly.

Regardless, I will be sure to recommend your car hire, whether or not they are under the age of 25, to anyone I know of that is travelling to Scotland. Thank you so much for the experience you gave us, we wouldn't have had the chance to travel to Skye if we hadn't found your car hire."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 14 July 2018


"The vehicle was absolutely brilliant: it was an almost brand new BMW Series 2 coupe although we only paid for an economy car. So it is pretty much unbelievable.

The cost was good, as other companies would make me pay loads just because I was not 25 yet.

I feel like you guys do a great service as you actually value experience and other factors when someone is not 25. Others would not care about anything but the age.

The hire was easy, we wanted a location close to Waverley station but since we went on Saturday afternoon we had to go a bit outside of Edinburgh but by bus it really took just about 40 mins so nothing terrible.

contact was good, mailing was good.

If I go back to Scotland I will definitely contact you guys again and hope you will give me a very good offer that time as well."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 11 July 2018


"We had a really great experience working with you. We felt well informed and looked after. The price (particularly as young drivers) offered was the best we could find! Thanks for helping make our trip around Scotland possible and enjoyable."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 11 July 2018


"My parents and their friends were more then happy with the service. The cost was more than fair, car very nice and comfortable.

From my point of view, I can only thank for your help. It was my first experience with car hire and you helped me more that I could ever hope for. All people from the company that I spoke with were truly friendly and nice and I felt really bad for making such a mess with so many changes. I am sorry about that."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 11 June 2018


"I was very happy with my car hiring experience. Everything was perfect, the car, the service, the cost... I will recommend it for sure!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 11 June 2018


"The car hire experience was great! Super easy to pickup/dropoff, no problems with the car whatsoever, very easy. Thanks again for all of your help!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 10 June 2018


"Everything was good! Vehicle was a brand new BMW, pick up and drop off very easy. Mr Graham picked us up at the airport and drove us to the company location, and about the costs was much better than I expected at the beginning. In one word: perfect!! Thank you so much, you really made our vacation better! Definitely I will choose you again when I will be back in Scotland!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 12 June 2018


"We had a very pleasant experience hiring a car with you. Everything was perfect; we were picked up in time at the airport, the car was nice as well particularly for the price we payed. The car was equipped with everything that we needed. Also, you were very friendly to us and it was helpful that we could drop the car anytime, to avoid any stress. It was made clear what was expected from us and what we could expect from you, it was all crystal-clear. I surely would recommend hiring with you, and if I need to rent a car again, I would definitely go to you. So all in all, I enjoyed the hire!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 11 June 2018


"Have to say we were very happy with every aspect. Communication beforehand was very good and helpful. Out of hours pick-up and drop-off worked without a hitch, and the price was good. The Yaris even managed to get through several inches of fresh snow on an unpaved hilly road."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 11 June 2018


"Our overall experience was really good! We were surprised with a free upgrade, which was great since we had a lot of stuff... The service was great too, everyone was really friendly. We don't have any remarks!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 30 Dec 2017


"This may come as a disappointment to you, but I genuinely have nothing suggest that may improve your service and price-point offering. The entire experience was seamless, and the car was great value for money. I will be sure to recommend you to my friends should they want to visit Scotland. If I visit Scotland again, I shall use you as my car rental."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 29 Dec 2017


"I'm actually really glad that I hired the car from you! You have really good prices for people in the early 20s compared to all the other car rental companies in Edinburgh. Plus we got a free upgrade so that was an even better experience. Overall we are very satisfied indeed."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 19 Oct 2017


"The car was perfect! The Scottish roads aren't exactly as wide as the ones in the United States so the small form factor of the car was a plus. The service was excellent, Graeme was lovely, he explained everything I needed to know when I picked up the car. I arrived a bit late to drop off the car due to some unexpected traffic but one of his colleague was here and was able to forward the car keys. I want to thank you again for having a fair price and no absurdly high young driver fees. The 150 miles per Day limitation wasn't a problem at all, we "only" drove 800 miles and were able to visit everything we wanted, from the Island of Skye to Inverness. If I ever come back to Edinburgh or have friends visiting the region that need a car rental I'll be happy to direct them to you!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 19 Oct 2017


"The vehicle was extremely easy and very comfortable to drive. I could very quickly learn to drive on the left side with the vehicle. Plus the built-in gps was very useful and helped us a lot when we were driving in Scotland. I was very pleased about the cost. Other car rental services had huge prices for the young driver fee, so I am very grateful that there is a car rental company like this, so younger people can more openly plan road trips to Scotland. Service was excellent. I got every needed information and help through email and I thank everybody for their kindness and helpfulness. The airport pick-up service was actually very good, because otherwise I believe we would have gotten lost. Graeme was very nice and welcoming and it was really easy to sort through the rental things with him. Overall the hire experience was excellent and I was very pleased with everything. I would definitely want to rent a car from you again if I visit Scotland some day again."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 16 Aug 2017


"Not a bad word to say. Absolutely perfect every single aspect and a great price. Would recommend to anyone visiting."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 14 Aug 2017


"We had a great experience! The service and cost were both fantastic, and our vehicle was also very nice. We would definitely use your service again, and recommend to our under 25 year-old friends. Thanks again for your help!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 14 Aug 2017


"The all experience has been excellent. The vehicle (of course) better than expected, the assistance very fast and kind and with a vary fair price compared with other companies we contacted. Surely I will recommend you to everybody planning to visit Scotland."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 13 Aug 2017


"The service was great, car was great (we got an upgrade to a Mini Cooper Countryman, so we were very pleased) and deposit was returned very fast. In comparison to other companies, this was our best option on price so we are glad everything worked out well."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 13 Aug 2017


"Customer service was fantastic! Very warm and welcoming, with offered beverages during our small wait. For 12 days in Scotland, the price for our car was very affordable, and we will definitely be using this company again for our next visit! Thank you! Our experience with you guys was wonderful!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 12 Aug 2017


"I had a very pleasant experience hiring with you. The service was great, quick and easy pick up. Car was just as expected, easy to drive, perfect with the sat nav, bluetooth and USB charge. Good heating/aircon. The cost was good. Graeme told us everything we needed to know. Delivery of the car was also quick and easy! The guys in security helped us call a taxi and sorted out the papers."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 12 Aug 2017


"We were extremely satisfied with the vehicle. To be honest it was far better than what I was expecting since I knew as an underage driver my options for vehicles are limited. I believe it was a fair price that we paid. I really really enjoyed driving the Toyota Yaris. Graeme was really great and quick to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend any underage drivers to rent from Edinburgh Car Rental."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 21 June 2017


"I think overall it was a great experience, the prices were good and the car was new and of good quality. The service was excellent as well (steve who handed us the car on the first day was very professional and efficient) and good that we were able to rent despite being below 25yo. Overall a great experience. Thank you."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 21 June 2017


"I'd like to congratulate the quality of service from your company. The staff was very helpful in the process and I really appreciated the fast responses I received from you, unlike other car rental companies. I just would like to point out that it was hard to find the company, it doesn't appear in the top pages of the usual search engines, and was almost by luck that my friend recommended you."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 05 June 2017


"We really enjoyed the car hire. The car was in good condition, easy to drive and comfortable. Service was perfect, people were nice, friendly and professional. I really appreciated that people show us confidence. The cost is the least expensive that we had found in Edinburgh as a young driver!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 27 Nov 2016


"Nice hearing from you. The service was exceptional, the car went like silk and the company offered us only advantages and assistance in case we needed it. For a young driver as me the price was the best I could find, and for all the service I got I think it is more than anyone can expect. I will recommend the service to everyone that needs it and will repeat in case I visit Scotland again. No regrets at all, best selection I could have done. Thank you for everything."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 22 Sept 2016


"I used you twice this year and had a very good experience both times. Allan was especially helpful on both occasions and it was well priced for young drivers. I have/will be recommending yourselves to other drivers needing a rental in the Edinburgh area."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 22 Sept 2016


"Nathan and I had an excellent experience hiring from you. The car was in perfect condition and was exactly what we needed for a short trip around Scotland. As far as cost goes there was no other place which offered hire as cheaply for young drivers. The service was excellent from start to finish - especially the lift to the airport after returning the car! I would definitely recommend the service to any young drivers looking to hire."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 22 Sept 2016


"Thank you for your email and service. Our experiences were all positive. The vehicle is in good shape as expected, service was generally hassle-free, the cost was lower compared to other companies since we are young drivers and we are satisfied with everything, thank you!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 31 Mar 2016


"We enjoyed driving around in the VW and we enjoyed your service too. Thanks a lot for being so flexible and helpful. As my brother said in Edinburgh, if any of our family members go to Edinburgh and is planning to rent a car, we will for sure suggest them going to you guys."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 23 Dec 2014


"Both the vehicle and the service were fantastic. The truth is Graeme was always extremely helpful, efficient and professional. I do congratulate you for the service, I really do. Here you have a faithful and satisfied customer. Thanks again for everything."

Rating: 5 / 5

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Date: 01 Dec 2014


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