Silvercar: Luxury Rental Cars For Less
A few weekends I faced a difficult choice. Save some money or really enjoy driving around Colorado.
I was in Denver for a night before heading to Colorado Springs for business for two nights. I needed a rental car and it just happens to be one of the few airports with Silvercar.
I LOVE renting from Silvercar. It’s like having Avis Chairman elite status, except accessible to everyone and guaranteed perks every time. I don’t own an expensive car, in fact, mine is almost 10 years old, but it does boast a sunroof and v6. Which means whatever rental car I get is usually a downgrade.
That’s why I loved top status with Avis, it was a brief respite from real life where I got to try luxurious Cadillacs and at least was driving something better than my car. But that status was short lived.
Every car is an Audi A4. (Unless you rent a Q4 at Denver)
Heated leather seats. Check.
Free GPS & Satellite Radio. Really? Check!
No charge for using their toll pass. EEEEEE.
Tank refilled at market price + $5 flat fee. No more 4AM hunts for an open gas station! Done!
Free in-car wifi. Wait, what!? Sweet.
Get picked up from the airport and dropped off in an Audi? Now I’m feeling special 🙂
All of this for $59 a day and up? Not bad!
Ok, so anyway, those are some of the major reasons I love renting from Silvercar. So I’m making my Denver arrangements and rental cars are not cheap that weekend. The fact my preferred Avis and National options are coming in at $90+ and Silvercar is only $59 for a way better car gives me just the excuse I need.
And then I see some company called Advantage. $10 a day. Hmmm. I can absolutely justify the cost for one night of enjoying the drive, but $40 vs $150 for the two business nights is a hard decision. So I book Silvercar for one night and plan to go back to the airport to switch out cars.
And as I’m driving around with the clear Denver air coming in the sunroof, good music on the radio, and having no trouble finding random places like Vert Kitchen, I realize I don’t want to give the car up. The drive from Denver and Colorado Springs is beautiful, and in an Audi vs a Ford Taurus or something, it could be really fun.
So I do the math to find a way to justify it.
- Silvercar is running a $49 a day promo in April which saves $10. (Use code Silver49)
- Using the toll feature anywhere else will cost $4-$5 a day.
- GPS (which I don’t have to use) is $10+ a day.
- Wifi would let my colleague be more productive on the drive…
- Not having to get up extra early to drop the car off and wait for the rental car shuttle bus for a 6AM flight would be huge.
Ok, I’ve now managed to get the price difference down to under $100, which is still a big extravagance. But the car made me enjoy my time so much more in the few hours I’d been there…so I decide to splurge and forgo trying out Advantage Rental Car.
And I didn’t regret it! I looked forward to the long drives! Heck, I looked forward to driving everywhere in that car and it made everything, even the work part of my trip, feel fun.
The Garden of the Gods looked great!
And the morning of my way-too-early-flight, I just rolled out of bed, got the car to the Silvercar location and they took care of the rest 🙂
First time renters, sign up using my link and we’ll both get $25 (via Paypal) after your first rental! This credit stacks with the $49 a day promo. So If you’ll be in Dallas, Austin, Denver, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Phoenix, try them out! 🙂
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