Hertz Launches Dream Car Rental Service For Those Who Just Can’t Drive 55

Aston Martin Vantage available from Hertz Dream Cars
Courtesy of Aston Martin

Yesterday, Hertz, one of the largest rental car companies in the world, announced the launch of their new Dream Cars service in the U.S. This new offering allows customers to rent exotic sports cars and high-end luxury models that typically haven’t been available from the company in the past, granting travelers an opportunity to explore their destination in head-turning style.

Some of the vehicles that are available for rent include the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Porsche 911 and the SRT Viper, just to name a few. And for those who want to enjoy a luxury ride while still remaining eco-friendly, Hertz is even offering the Tesla Model S electric sedan.

The Dream Car service extends well beyond just renting an amazing luxury ride. Hertz will also send a representative to deliver the car to the customer and give them a one-on-one orientation of the vehicle as well. Customers can be met at their terminal in the airport or the car can be delivered to a location of their choice.Hertz says that Dream Cars will soon be available in 35 markets across the U.S., including such major cities as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas and Chicago. As of this writing, the website lists only Florida locations such as Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, however, so it may take some time for the service to spread out. It should also be noted that not all vehicles are available in each location, so if you’re considering renting your personal dream car, you may want to peruse the catalog ahead of time.

The website doesn’t list pricing for these high-end vehicles, but you can bet they’ll be well beyond what most of us can afford. Still, if you’re looking to splurge on your next vacation and you want to spend a few days driving around in a car that is above and beyond anything you’ve ever imagined, this is a service that can deliver that experience for you.

As for me, I’m already daydreaming about living out my James Bond fantasies with that Aston Martin Vantage.

Driving the World’s Hottest Cars

When travelers arrive at a destination they often rent a car. For some people, however, the rental car is the destination.

That’s the idea behind World Class Driving. This Delaware based company has put together a rather astounding fleet of luxury automobiles which most car enthusiasts can only dream about driving. WCD makes it a reality.

The company organizes driving events throughout America in which participants can drive each of the cars in its fleet; a Ferrari F430, Lamborgini Gallardo Spider, Ford GT, Porsche GT3 (or the Aston Martin Vanta) and the $480,000 Mercedes SLR McLaren Supercar (above).

Participants drop a whopping $1,295 for the once-in-a-lifetime experience and can spend 25 minutes with each car driving a designated route on open roads.

But don’t get too excited.

A rather limiting, but understandable list of rules can really harsh the experience:

No speeding
No reving engines
No radio use / no cell phone use
No burn-outs
Traction control must stay on

In addition, a “black box system” will monitor the drive to ensure none of this happens. Oh, and don’t expect to take out the half million dollar SLR McLaren on your own. A staff member will be sitting in the passenger seat making sure you don’t put a $50,000 ding in the fender.