Rental car complaints Essay

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rental car complaints

Fresh off flight number six-two-one from New York City, twenty-four-year-old Marketing
Representative Jim Smith needs to rent a car to get to a business convention in hectic
downtown Los Angeles. He tries several car-rental companies near the airport with no
luck. Finally, Ryder graciously rents him a huge moving truck. Nearly relieved, Smith
hauls down to his meeting, where he bumps into parking problems. He begins worrying about
his professional image when he takes half an hour shifting back and forth to park the
yellow monster-mover nine blocks away from the office, which causes him to arrive twenty
minutes tardy. Other than his apparent anxiousness to appear at the meeting, he wishes to
be a mere 365 days older, knowing that it would liberate him from all the chaos. He knows
the few, extra days would give him legal permission to rent the car that he needs so
badly. At this point, all he can think about is how embarrassed he feels about being
inadequately young.

In most states, car-rental companies make the minimum age for “rentability” twenty-five
and prohibit renting cars to younger, underage drivers. The companies claim that underage
drivers, like Jim Smith, are not dependable—or “responsible enough”—to handle the
responsibilities that come with renting cars. Some companies, with persuasion, however,
occasionally allow underage drivers to rent cars, but with an underage surcharge.
Nonetheless, because of the high accident-rate and irresponsibility associated with
drivers younger than twenty-five, most car-rental companies do not think renting to this
age group is worth the risk.

Though some people may feel otherwise, the exercised policy seems unreasonable. First, it
demonstrates that the policymakers regard the trustworthiness of legal adults
inconsistently. Then, the rental companies abuse the policy. Some customers, in this
way, regularly suffer more than the loss of rentability. Fourteenth Amendment rights
prohibit discriminatory characteristics as such, and rental companies may lose a good deal
of business as a result. To alleviate the objections, car-rental policymakers should
officially change the age for rentability to twenty-one—down from twenty-five.

Besides applying society’s automatic stigma on young people, policymakers consider the
sources that declare recklessness in the under-age-twenty-five group—especially in the
mid-teen group—to compose policies; but for those in the age twenty-one-to-twenty-five
bracket, the usual policymakers seem to use different considerations because the age
group’s rules are inconsistent. In some instances, a twenty-one-year-old is equally
responsible with an ordinary forty-year-old. For example, the law, which accumulates the
practice of the past centuries, awards both of them full trust to gamble, and full
responsibility to drink. Additionally, the law regards them as adults, who can officially
hold bank accounts, be formally permitted on payrolls, sign marriage contracts, own guns,
represent America in governmental elections, serve in the armed forces, and for a minimum
of six, previous years, legally drive vehicles; and for decades, it has regarded sixteen
to be the age to gain trust to be on the road. Nevertheless, the current policy reflects
that these responsibilities are not tantamount to those of renting cars. Respectively,
the policy suggests that renting cars is more risky than gun handling—which is rather
peculiar. Licensed drivers who are able to hold contracts ought to have the right to rent

Statistics that “prove” drivers under twenty-five are more likely to be involved in
accidents are not a fair explanations for why reasonable young adults should not be
allowed to rent a car. Statistics may show low numbers of safe drivers for the
under-age-twenty-five group, yet the very people who are forbidden access to all driving
services are the ones who corporations accuse of having few safe drivers. Logically, a
small number of underage drivers caused by legal exclusions inevitably results in a small
number of underage drivers who can prove to be safe drivers. If the policy gives
twenty-one-year-olds the benefit to have rentability, more underage drivers might prove to
be safe drivers.

Presently, most rental companies seem to abuse the usual renting policy. A typical
car-rental company charges about thirty-five dollars for a mid-size car—plus up to a
seventy-five dollars-per-day surcharge for an underage renter. Compare a
twenty-one-year-old driver to a seventy-one-year-old driver. Despite their possible
similarities, a twenty-one-year-old pays 214 percent more than a seventy-one-year-old
does. A 214 percent tax hardly qualifies as fair tax. The extra charge suggests that a
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