When they think of a rental car, they usually think of an overused sedan in a neutral color that lacks vibrancy or performance. Rental cars are often generic and neutral vehicles that are maintained for their functionality and reliability. The prospect of ho-hum renting a car in the past rarely evokes feelings of excitement.
The car rental process, however, has changed over time. Now, potential renters can choose from a wider spectrum of vehicles, including the popular high-performance sports car.
Sports cars may be attractive to renters for a number of reasons. A single person traveling alone may crave something new and fun while on a boring business trip or as a means to end a vacation trip. Others may want to try driving a sports car for a while just for the sake of variety. Still others may use the opportunity to rent a sports car as a financially viable means of making an extended test drive before making a sports car purchase. There are true sports car enthusiasts who need a rental car for a number of reasons and can’t imagine going back to the sluggish days of driving a conventional car.
These various reasons have created enough demand for rental agencies to add sports cars to their available fleet of cars. Today, in addition to station wagons, economy class cars, and basic sedans, more and more rental companies are providing potential customers with a healthy selection of sports cars.
Of course, one cannot expect to rent a high-end imported sport for the same rate they might pay for a standard domestic vehicle. Sports cars, of course, are more expensive to buy, maintain, and insure. Thus, one can expect to pay a much higher rate when renting it.
In addition to the higher basic rental rate, potential customers can also anticipate some additional costs. For example, sports cars generally don’t boast of the fuel efficiency found in subcompact cars that are rented more often and gas bills over the rental period tend to be high.
In addition, the rental agency may require the purchase of additional insurance, or at the very least, a more expensive insurance option, than is generally required for other rental vehicles. Remember, the agent will have to buy (or rent) these cars at a much higher price than the standard model and those costs will be reflected throughout your rental experience.
Younger drivers may also have some difficulty in renting a high-end sports car. Rental agencies are always somewhat restrictive when it comes to driver age, but there may be more stringent requirements for sports car rentals. Rental agents want to ensure the safety of their sports car investment.
Sports car rentals create unique opportunities for renters. This allows someone who may never have had the opportunity to drive a high-performance vehicle to see what the fuss is all about. It can give a person a chance at luxury and excitement for a few days without any real commitments or long term burdens. While the cost of renting a sports car may be high enough to freeze some renters out of the market, their availability increases their accessibility to those who may never have another opportunity to enjoy the sports car experience.
Next time you rent a car, you might want to consider trying out an exotic sports car for a few days. It can add something unique to your vacation or business trip. You can feel the excitement of driving a sports car without the burden of owning a sports car. If one can afford the extra cost of upgrading a good rental car, the sports car rental experience might be a great alternative to chugging a boring generic car.