Hertz renting exotic sports cars in Florida
Car rental giant is offering Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley and other performance and exotic rides.
Dubbed Hertz Dream Cars, the program features cars like the Ferrari F430 Spider, Lamborghini Gallardo, SRT Viper and even a Tesla Model S. But it's not just about the cars - Hertz says that renters will have a white glove experience, with a concierge either meeting them at the airport or delivering the car to their homes.
Porsche models start at $350 per day for the Boxster, the Audi R8 and Aston Martin start at $1,000 per day, and the Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley models are at least $1,500. All rentals include just 75 miles of driving (each additional mile is 49 cents), so it's geared more to impress onlookers at the valet rather than to encourage road trips.
A non-S 911 Carrera costs $499.49, but by the time you've paid all the miscellaneous fees and taxes, you're out the door at $604.31 per day at Miami International Airport. Renters must be at least 25 years old and have their own insurance with enough coverage. (Hertz's own insurance, also known as a loss damage waiver, is not available for Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari and Aston Martin models, but it is available for the Porsche and Mercedes AMGs)
Specialty renter Gotham Dream Cars will rent you the previous generation 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (997) for the same price on a weekday in New York City. You get 100 miles before incurring a fee of $1.49 for each extra mile, and you'll need to cough up a $2,500 refundable security deposit to open the door. On the other hand, you can go really crazy at Gotham, with cars like the McLaren MP4-12C and a Rolls-Royce Drophead for just $2,450 on weekdays (with a $7,500 deposit). In either case, we're talking about a far cry from going to your nearest shady exotic rental lot and haggling with a greasy salesperson for a deal. It's worth noting that Hertz doesn't require any hefty deposits on top of the actual rental price (at booking, the driver is charged the rental price plus roughly 10 percent for incidentals).
Even domestic performance cars are a totally different beast compared with the 4-bangers and lumbering SUVs that most people drive... some fools are going to find themselves in a world of hurt attempting to drive a Lambo or Porsche...
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