Hertz: A Dream Car Haven?

    [quote_box_right]The question of the day: Did I rent one?


    Would I rent one?

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    Hell yes! In fact, I would plan and budget a vacation around it.[/quote_box_right]The thought of traveling nowadays can be mind numbing. You need to pack, arrive at the airport a 2 days early, receive a cavity search, and re-dress yourself. And that’s all before you take off! My family and I took a trip to Florida over Thanksgiving and it turns out that airports have a little glimmer of hope left in them; especially if you’re a car lover.

    When we landed in Miami National Airport (MIA) we grabbed or bags and hurried over to the Hertz car rental counter. Of course the estimated wait time was almost the exact length of our vacation but that’s to be expected at an international airport. I also didn’t mind waiting because, since there were 8 of us, we were waiting in line to get our hands on a big brown GMC van that consisted of a steering wheel and seats. And yes, you can take that last sentence as a Chris Berke official review on it.

    Feeling tired and ready to leave, we finally got our keys to the van, scooped up our luggage, and headed towards the big Hertz sliding glass door. Only they didn’t tell me this was a door to an ordinary parking garage full of cars only good enough to be rentals. No, when these doors slid open there was a blinding light, trumpets blared, and angels sang! Right in front of me was a beautiful display of Italian and German supercars that kids only dream about on their bedroom walls. There were bright orange Lamborghinis, Ferrari Red Ferraris, an Audi R8, and Porsches! I almost thought that my mom, the trip coordinator, set this up for me but alas, I was wrong.

    I couldn’t believe that this was real so I did some quick research. Apparently Hertz has a “Hertz Dream Cars” rental options but you don’t rent them the same way you would anything else. Instead of “by day”, you rent a pool of miles you’re allotted to drive in the car and then you definitely pay for every mile you go over. You can rent beauties like the Lamborghini Gallardo for a very cheap $1500/75 mile allowance and then pay a measly $3.00 for each additional mile you go over.

    That sounds crazy right? Well other cars such as an Audi R8 or an Aston Martin will go for about $1000 per day with the same mileage allotment but perhaps cheaper “overage miles”. You can even get all the way down to $400 per day with a Porsche Boxster but heck, you can probably lease a Boxster for around $400 a month and you can drive as many miles as you want!

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    Hertz has a very impressive selection if you visit their site. There is, however, a small catch. Hertz will not cover your insurance for these cars so you have to be extra careful with them. They also say that you can’t go tearing up a track with these exotics either. That’s probably a good idea but as soon as you sit behind the wheel of a 500 hp Lamborghini, you’re going to experiment!

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    Chris Berke
    Chris Berke
    I am the founder and editor of Short Shift. My obsession with wanting to drive every car ever made me build a website so I could share my experiences with the world. I love cars, traveling, and my cats, Henry and Winston.



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