Does a driving record affect one’s ability to rent a car?

People who don’t often rent cars from car rental companies aren’t always aware of how their track record will affect their ability to rent a car, or if it matters at all. When renting a car, it’s a good idea to check with the car rental company to inquire about any disclosures or specific rules they have about your ability to rent a car and your driving habits. Some car rental companies will contact the Motor Vehicle Department to request a copy of your driver’s license. In order to do this, you often need to provide a written form of consent for them to access this information.

Car rental companies each have their own regulations and requirements that must be met before a person can rent a car. Some car rental companies check a person’s driving habits the first time someone rents a car from them. If the car is returned in good condition after the first time and there have been no collisions or bends for which the car hirer was responsible, the driving will generally not be checked again by the same company unless a significant amount of time has elapsed before the next time the person rents a car from the company.

If you have a less than stable and perfect driving record, you may be charged a higher fee for renting a car. Some rental car companies specialize in renting cars to drivers who have had accidents and speeding tickets in the past. Violations under the influence of alcohol and driving are not always overlooked by rental car companies; and depending on the offense and how long it has been, this could prevent you from renting a car, even if you do have a valid driver’s license.

You may also be faced with the possibility of not being able to insure the rental car and having to pay the rental car insurance if your driving has been unstable. Speeding, drunk driving, collisions, fines for reckless driving and fender benders all take a negative smear on your driving record. While these tickets and violations won’t necessarily stop you from renting a car, it can be more expensive to do so.

Taking a driving lesson will help put positive marks on your driving record and can make all future car rental and auto insurance prices more affordable for you. By researching different car rental companies and making price comparisons for high-risk drivers, you can find the best deals. You may just need to put down a larger down payment than someone with a good driving record. These deposits are refundable if there have been no accidents while renting the vehicle and if you return the vehicle in the same condition as it was rented.