Is there an upper age limit for car hire?

Here at Caversham Vehicle Hire in Reading, we are proud to have earned a reputation as a flexible and affordable car rental company.

If you are considering hiring a car for the first time, you are likely to have questions about the process, such as: ‘how old do you have to be to hire a car in the UK?’ or ‘is there a minimum age for car hire in the UK?’

As leading providers of vehicle hire services, in this article we will look at your options for car rental at all ages… 

How old do you have to be to hire a car in the UK?

When hiring a car from Caversham Vehicle Hire, you must be 25 years or over. You also need to have a full valid driving licence for car hire.

If you are 25 years old, or older, you may hire any of the following vehicles:

  • Category 1 – small/compact car – inc. Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Kia Picanto
  • Category 2 – medium car – inc. Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Kia Ceed
  • Category 3 – large car – inc. Kia Niro, Volkswagen Passat and BMW 3 Series

However, we do have one exception, which is that you must be 30 years old or over to hire our Category 4 executive cars. 

If you require any assistance, please contact a member of our team for advice. 

Is there an upper age limit for car hire?

Equally, some of our potential customers might be wondering whether there’s a maximum age limit for car hire in the UK.

For hire cars, we do not have a set upper age limit, as such. In the first instance, you will simply need to have a valid driving licence for car hire in the UK.

However, if you are aged over 70 years old then we may need further information from you regarding your driving history and health. This is because we will need to seek additional permission from our insurance company in order to process your hire.

What paperwork is needed to hire a car?

You will need to provide your full driving licence for car hire with us, as either a photo card or the old paper style licence. If you only have the old paper style licence we will also need to see another form of photographic ID such as your passport. 

We will also need your National Insurance Number in order to complete a DVLA check online. Finally, as part of our identity check, we will also need one other form of ID such as a utility bill.

What are the benefits of hiring a car?

Hiring a car from us can offer a great many benefits, especially when compared to taking public transport:

  • Flexible – we offer short and long term car hire to suit your needs
  • Comfort – with a hired vehicle, you can travel ‘door-to-door’ without being restricted to public transport routes or subjected to bad weather 
  • Choice – our fleet boasts a selection of high-quality vehicles to meet your requirements
  • Cost-effective – for groups and families, it can be more economical to travel by car than having to buy multiple train or coach tickets
  • Convenience – a hire car allows you to travel with passengers and stowing your luggage is far easier than carrying it on and off public transport
  • Reliable – you will never be let down by cancellations or strikes, as you could be when travelling by train or bus

In summary, hiring a car can be a great choice, when looking for a no-commitment transport solution to meet many different requirements. 

Hiring a car from Caversham Vehicle Hire

When you make an online reservation with us, as well as confirming that you have a valid driving licence for car hire, please also inform us of the correct age of the driver. 

We need your information to be completely accurate so that we can provide a price and process your booking and insurance as efficiently as possible. Our team will notify you of any age limitations for the vehicle you have requested. We can also let you know if we require extra documents or information. 

Our friendly team is here to help and we will assist you with your reservation. If you have any questions, please contact us on 0118 947 6500 or click to send a message.

Looking for affordable car hire in the Reading area?

Now that we have clarified how old you have to be to hire a car in the UK, here’s how to book:

> Complete an online quote and book form


> Call us today on 0118 947 6500 to secure the right vehicle for your requirements. Our helpful team will be happy to answer any questions you have about our vehicle rental services.

For more detailed information on our hire terms, please click to view our full terms and conditions