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Feb 13, 2013 (5:51 pm)
"Luxury-car rentals are rapidly growing, and for some, you don't have to spend all that much more than you would for a full-size sedan. The nation's largest car-rental firm, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, which usually focuses its business on the lower end of the market, has expanded its "Exotic Car Collection" to 13 locations in six states, recently adding Houston and Naples, Fla. Hertz Corp., the second-largest, says rentals from its luxury-vehicle collection grew 15% between 2011 and 2012.
And last month, a startup company called Silvercar began renting nothing but silver Audi A4s with customized technology at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Current prices start at only $55 a day."
And this one deal must be hidden, sold out or over:
"Sixt Rent a Car, a European agency now rolling out operations in the U.S., is currently listing a deal in its new Seattle-Tacoma International Airport location on a Mercedes C-Class sedan for $50 a day."
The Rise of the Rent-a-Porsche (WSJ)
#601 of 1365 Re: upgrades [steve_]
Feb 13, 2013 (6:40 pm)
Fun thing, renting highline cars has been normal in Europe for eons.
I'd also like details on the SEA Sixt having highlines - not on the site. I sent a message to a corporate spokesperson who said he would look into it, hasn't replied. But the company has had highlines elsewhere in the US for some time, at rates much less than the pricey Hertz Prestige Collection. I rented an A6 from Hertz in Vegas back in 07 - cost around $80/day, which I thought was a good deal.
$130/day for a Malibu? I've got a bridge to sell that person.
#602 of 1365 picked up my $17.57 rental
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 16, 2013 (1:01 pm)
Picked lowest level car, but got free upgrade to the Emerald Aisle. Chose a new KIA Optima. Not a bad car. About 31 mpg on way down here to Louisville, today. (75-80 mph).
#603 of 1365 Re: picked up my $17.57 rental [kyfdx]
Feb 16, 2013 (6:28 pm)
Nice price for a standard/fullsize car. How many miles were on it?
#604 of 1365 Re: picked up my $17.57 rental [fintail]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 16, 2013 (9:13 pm)
Feb 17, 2013 (8:40 pm)
The MB dealer where I just bought a car uses an Enterprise fleet for loaners. All C-class and GLK. I saw about 10 of them hanging around the shop area today.
#606 of 1365 Re: picked up my $17.57 rental [kyfdx]
Feb 17, 2013 (8:41 pm)
Nice, and great price.
I am thinking next time I rent, I might just do it standard to sample a Fusion or Optima etc.
#607 of 1365 Re: upgrades [fintail]
Feb 18, 2013 (11:49 am)
We're doing a New England trip around Memorial Day, I wish Sixt had a location in Boston as we got cheap flights and hotels are free thanks to points so I'd gladly pay a little more for a nice car. Right now the car is free too but may see what they can upgrade to if National has anything interesting when we get there.
#608 of 1365 Re: upgrades [jpp5862]
Feb 18, 2013 (3:03 pm)
Free is worth it. I participated in an online survey program and now have like 2500 Hertz points, which I think is about enough for a free week. Eventually I will use it, even though it has been many years since I have used the company.
National and Alamo both allow you to choose cars - I think a couple others do now, too. I think Sixt is at MIA and area, FLL, MCO, ATL, PHX, SEA, for the US. They are trying to expand, but it takes time and money.
#609 of 1365 Re: upgrades [fintail]
Feb 18, 2013 (6:21 pm)
Free is definitely worth it, but since the overall trip is cheap I wouldn't mind splurging if it meant something like your deal in FLL last year. I consistently rent from National and am part of the Executive Elite, which is nice and I definitely like being able to choose the car but it is rare you get a "premium" car even at their top loyalty tier. It's still a nice upgrade but you don't get any of the real fun stuff.
I rented from hertz from years but never really liked them. Even when I had status with them I was still relegated to a base corolla way too often and they considered a Taurus wagon a nice upgrade. So while National may not put premium cars in the emerald lane at least I can choose if I want a Prius, a Legacy, an Avalon or an Escape. I even got a Chevy Silverado a couple of weeks ago. It was absolutely horrible, but at least it was fun getting to pick.