Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The US rental car dilemma...
Susannah and I are heading over for a driving holiday of California next week and I am furiously researching rental cars which is made all the more difficult because there's just so much choice! Naturally it has to have the Americana vibe, be a Yank-tank or a classic. There's a 'but' though, and it's a big one. Some of these cars cost a fortune to rent and surprisingly (or unsurprisingly) it's the classics that cost the most. There are some relatively good value choices though, in the modern muscle car:
1959 Cadillac DeVille: From $809 per day.
1966 Cadillac DeVille: From $489 per day.
1964 Corvette Stingray: From $489 per day.
1960s Lincoln Continental:
Awaiting quote. UPDATE: This is rented by the day with a driver so that's a no for us. It would be amazing for a day-trip though! It would be like Entourage, or a parade with President Kennedy.
Then there's the option of typical Stateside Rides...
Cadillac Escalade SUV: Weekly US$2000
Jeep Wrangler 2 Door Convertible: From $89 per day
Standard Ford Mustang Convertible: From $35 a day
But how can you look past some mighty American muscle?
Ford Mustang GT Premium: $858 for Monday-Friday inclusive.
Dodge Challenger: $791 for Monday-Friday inclusive.
So, what should we rent to cruise the Pacific Highway in? On cost alone I'm leaning toward the standard Mustang convertible but it seems so, well...standard. Maybe the first week we could get a tiny hatchback and then the second week splurge on a muscle car. I think I can already rule out a classic Caddy at $US800 a day! Ouch.
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