Renting a car used to involve the same familiar names: Hertz, Avis, Budget, etc. These are all good options, but there are some new companies—and new ways to rent a car—that you might want to know about.
Silvercar launched a couple of years ago with a fleet of all-silver Audi A4s. Each one is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and navigation systems. Plus, you don’t have to wait in line: reserve online or through an app and pick up the car using a code to unlock the vehicle.
It’s currently in eight airports, including LAX and Denver, and will expand to five more locations this year.
Sixt is a European-based car-rental company. It’s entering the U.S. market with new franchises opening regularly. Because it’s new, Sixt’s pricing tends to be more competitive than the bigger guys.
In the realm of the shared economy, there’s FlightCar. Owners can leave their cars in the airport to rent out to other travelers starting from about $15 a day. Right now, it’s in about 15 cities and will most likely expand to more airports in the near future.
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- Crossing State Borders In A Rental Car
- Credit Cards That Cover Car Rental Insurance
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