An Unforgettable Trip By Hiring A Luxury Car

When you're planning a holiday – as special such as a honeymoon – you would like to make the trip even more unforgettable by hiring a luxury car. Depending on your choice (and of course your partner) it could be a sports car or open topped, perhaps. Unfortunately they aren’t always easy to find and reserve. This is our guide to what you could rent where, how to go about it, what kind of costs you will end up paying, and any caveats or potential pitfalls to look out for.

 

 

Where To Book

Almost every big rental company have plethora of luxurious cars – Ferraris, Aston Martins, Porsches, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, you name it and they have it. These days Enterprise's Exotic Car Collection is available all major US cities. Avis' Prestige and select series are offered in the UK and many European countries, and Hertz's The Dream Collection in the Italy, UK, and France

Where To Book

Almost every big rental company have plethora of luxurious cars – Ferraris, Aston Martins, Porsches, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, you name it and they have it. These days Enterprise's Exotic Car Collection is available all major US cities. Avis' Prestige and select series are offered in the UK and many European countries, and Hertz's The Dream Collection in the Italy, UK, and France

Rental Costs

The rates of car rentals vary hugely depending on the car models and the year of manufacture selected. We are mentioning some indicative prices as quotes from reputed companies to give you and idea.

The referenced month is June and we have included airport pickups, collision damage waiver insurance (CDW) and a reasonably good mileage.

Now, if we take the case of a Ford Mustang or similar, the rental partner Zest Car Rental quoted: £300 from Las Vegas; £237 from Orlando; £384 from San Francisco.

Another example could be for Audi A3 Convertible version or similar, Holiday Autos quoted around £617 from Pisa and £480 from Nice.

When you go for even more luxurious models, rates can be even higher. For example,  for a week long rental from Nice airport,(including CDW), Holiday Autos quoted around £7,100 for a Ferrari 458 Italia, £2,893 for the Mercedes E-Class Convertible version and £11,833 for the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

 

 

Insurance

If you are a customer in UK, the car booked generally comes with collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection. However, as we have noted, in most other countries there is likely to be a high excess. This can be as high as £5,000 on a typically high-spec vehicle. If you are a US customer, the rentals generally comes with zero excess on the insurance cover.

 

 

 

Rental Companies

But we strongly recommend purchasing a comprehensive heavy premium excess waiver policy to make sure that all the expensive items like the windscreen, wheels and undersides are included otherwise you may land up paying a fortune on expensive cars because any damage to these items is likely to be disqualified from rental companies' regular CDW.

Especially on luxury cars, also keep in mind that at times you need to leave details of upto two credit cards instead of usual one card for a security deposit. 

Other Tips

Not many of us know that to rent a luxury vehicle, there is usually a higher than normal minimum age – mostly 25 but could even be 30. 

While making a booking, watch out for the words "or similar" by the type of car. If you have precisely decided on a particular model, go instead for a deal where the same car type is guaranteed. This may cost extra.

It is reasonably okay to expect that the rental cost of standard vehicle will includes limitless mileage, but sometimes that is not the case with top-of-the-range cars. And remember that fuel costs will be higher for sports cars. Having said that, petrol is rather cheap in the US (as of late February 2017, it was around 49p per litre on average.