A Beginner’s Comprehensive Guide To Exotic Car Rentals

Nowadays, exotic car rentals are growing in popularity. This is most probably due to the expensive price of antique and luxury cars that people have to resort to rentals because they simply cannot afford to own a brand new one. Most people don’t want to invest in something so expensive that even maintenance fees are too costly. If you are looking for cars that you have always dreamt of owning, you might benefit from car rentals instead of owning a new one.

Have you ever experienced driving one day and seeing a luxury car drive past you? Don’t you wish you could own one and feel the thrill of driving that kind of car? Dream no more, because it is about to become a reality. With car rentals, your dreams are about to come true.

Or perhaps, you have to attend a special black tie occasion. Surely you don’t want to drive your old car to the event, do you? Whether you are attending a special occasion or you don’t have access to your sports car because you are travelling, rental cars will help you with that.

There are so many cities that offer car rentals services. You have to check personally with the store if they have luxury cars, sports cars, or antique cars for rent. You will have to pay a higher amount of insurance though, and your driving records will be checked. Some rental companies may require a credit card rating, so be sure you have that ready.

If you are curious about the price of car rentals, these special cars usually cost as much as a night in a grand hotel. Most companies usually set their price at about one percent of the original price of the car per day. That price is quite reasonable, if you think about the brand of the car and how you are going to use it.

Each company has their own perks and promotions, so be sure to check out for them. Most of these perks include free delivery of the car to your home, a complete introductory guide or instruction before using your vehicle, and a GPS system. You may want some extra services such as having a chauffeur if you are attending special occasions. Of course, car wash is entirely up to you, but most companies clean the car before you are ready to take it for a drive.

Although car rentals usually put a limit on your driving speed, this is only for the safety of you and the car. Aside from the insurance, you might be paying for other services, so be sure to ask the rental company for all the services and charges that you will need to pay before deciding to rent a luxury car.

Whether you are taking the car to impress a girl, a business client, or if you simply want to experience the thrill of driving a car that was only available in your dreams, car rentals can be of service to your needs. You don’t have to be a billionaire to be able to drive that car, an exotic car rental is all you need!

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Car Rental Hidden Fees

Have you booked your car rental for your next vacation? Think you know what the cost will be? Beware of car rental hidden fees. You may be paying more than you’re expecting.

Hidden Fees

I took a trip not to long ago and picked up a car rental at the airport. After my trip, I returned the car and picked up my receipt. That should be it, right? Sadly, no. After I returned home, I found I had been charged not only for tolls but the convenience fee of using the toll transponder in the rental car.

Most car rental companies have a toll transponder in each of their vehicles. This is supposed to make it easier for you. You can just simply drive through the toll booths without having to stop and the transponder will calculate your tolls that you owe at the end of your trip. Great deal, huh? Not so much. Once you pay your first toll, a convenience fee goes into effect. This fee is charged each day until the end of your rental period or you hit their maximum.

Here are some of the car rental convenience fees:

  • Alamo, AVIS, Budget, National, Enterprise: $3.95 per day, maximum $19.75 per month
  • Dollar, Thrifty: Enroll in PlatePass or $15.00 admin fee per toll, maximum $105.00 per rental period
  • Hertz: $4.95 per day, maximum $24.75 per rental period

My bill actually reflected a convenience fee for each day of the car rental even though the toll was incurred on the last day of the car rental. After a call to the car rental company, they reversed the convenience fee for all of the days except the last one. But, I still ended up paying triple what the actual toll would have been as the charge was the convenience fee plus the toll for that day.

Avoiding Hidden Fees

Trying to avoid paying these fees can be tricky. If possible, avoid the toll booth by driving an alternate route. If you must go through the toll, then elect to pay the toll rather than using the toll transponder. I was told by the rental car company that if you do this, you should ask for a receipt, in case the transponder bills you anyway. If you have the receipt, then you can dispute the charge. Some toll roads don’t have an option to pay, once you go through one of these, you’ll not only be charged the toll, but the convenience fee each day until you reach the maximum. One of the best ways to avoid these toll roads is to use a GPS. In the GPS, set the option to “avoid toll roads”. If you can avoid the tolls, then you’re on your way to avoiding car rental hidden fees!

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