As I’ve mentioned 237 times, I’m a National fan for car rentals. Armed with executive status and my corporate code, I’m very content there. But…it seems the door to my heart is slightly ajar to new loves. I’m now also a fan of Turo (for those who don’t know, it’s basically the rental car version of Airbnb). Here’s my experience…
National wasn’t a good choice because I needed a one-day fancy rental. As we all know, I’m the least fancy guy around…but this was a special birthday gift for a car lover. I searched everywhere and learned that renting a fast German car costs approximately my life savings. Or a kidney.
I looked through the website and found a nice guy who had his (almost) new Porsche for rent. It wasn’t cheap ($150 for the day) but that was less than half of what my local kidney broker was charging. I saw a slightly older option on Turo for 100 bucks, but that didn’t include as many miles. Plus, I would’ve had to drive an hour to pick it up. Nah. This one was delivered right to my front door. The process was simple. A few clicks and a couple of text messages. Done.
My experience was perfect. Obviously, the gift went over VERY well. And, even as a non-fancy simpleton…damn, it’s fun driving a car like that. I had 100 miles included, used all of them, and the owner showed up on time 24 hours later with a smile on his face. It was all very smooth.
I know a couple of you make good money leasing cars and renting them through Turo. Personally, I had zero experience there before this. No future plans to rent another wild spaceship of a car…but, if that changes, I’ll definitely come back. No issues at all.