Having found one or two other threads very informative, I was
wondering if, in the major cities, you can rent a corvette for say a
week at these major car rentals without going to the exotic car rental
places? I'm thinking this might be a good way to see if I like the
car in general before purchasing one?
I checked with a local chevy dealer and he gave me one place that was
an exotic car rental. That place wanted something like $400/day and
anything over 100 miles was like 50 cents per mile. I didn't try
Hertz or the like. Maybe the price is justified because they figure
the driver will be hard on the car. I wasn't planning to be but they
don't know that.
I regularly rented C5s for three years before I bought my '02. Usually
rented a two or three year-old car, mid-week (Tuesday a.m. thru
Thursday...sometimes M-F). Negotiated price for each rental depending
on season, holidays, major tourist attractions in town etc. Price
usually ranged from $200-$300.
Don't know where you live/work but it's best to develop some leads. If
you've got livery or limo services in town, drop by those at a slack
day/time, chat and find out which of their friends has a vette for rent.
No livery outfit...check with your local gas station owners. Check
with the local Enterprise franchise -- they probably won't rent 'vettes
but are usually more savvy about other car rental businesses than you'll
find at any of the big three. Once you find an outfit drop buy and have
them give you a call when they've got an available mid-week rental with
You should be able to get a good feel for the car by driving an '05 or
'06. Be sure to note the build-list for the car, particularly which
suspension the car has.
Here in Los Angeles, Hertz rents various high end cars at their LAX
location. That was across town for, but worth the drive. My Wife and
I wanted to test drive a 'Vette for a day trip. When we showed up we
had a brand new car waiting for us. It only had 75 or so miles on the
clock. The price wasn't cheap, but it was somewhat less than the
exotic places. Something like $325.00 per day and 50 cents a mile
over 100. Another issue I found with the exotic rental places is they
want copies of your insurance, sometimes a credit check, a non
refundable deposit, etc. They must rent to the ubderbelly of
society! Hertz didn't have any of those requirements.
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