Before renting a car in Lima, we would highly recommend reflecting on the need for it. Sure if you are planning to travel through Peru a car gives you more freedom and flexibility, but driving in Peru and especially in Lima differs from what you are used to. You can get around Lima easily and cheaply by taxi without having to stand your ground and compete against other reckless drivers that seem not to follow any of the traffic rules you know from home.
For all those who wish to get around in Peru: Distances are far and flying is surely less risky, quicker and calculating rental costs, insurance, gas and mileage, probably even less expensive than driving on your own.
Renting a Car in Lima
When you decide on renting a car, we advise against picking up the vehicle at the airport. After a long and tiring flight, probably without knowing where exactly you have to go, Lima's traffic is more than a challenge even for experienced drivers. So better take a taxi to your hotel or arrange a pickup. All bigger rental car companies have branches in Lima's upper class districts or bring the car to your hotel.
We recommend only renting a car from one of the many large international companies. Their cars are normally well maintained and they stick to agreed prices. Anyhow, check your contract for hidden charges, insurance and extra mileage costs; and don't forget to read the fine print. Some companies have strict limits where their cars may be driven. Advisable also to check your car on delivery: existing scratches and dents should be noted, a first aid kit is obligatory and just in case you need it, have a look at the spare tire and make sure it's in excellent condition and fits. Rental car companies in Lima include Avis, Budget, Dollar Rent a Car, Hertz and Sixt.
Requirements for renting a Car in Lima
For renting a car in Lima, most rental car companies require a minimum age of the driver of 23 to 25 years (younger drivers have to expect additional fees), a credit card, a valid international driver's license for tourists and a passport.