It’s an oversimplification, sure. But there are basically two ways of looking at car rentals. You can either rent a car as to meet your transportation needs, or you can see your rental as an opportunity to try out a car that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. It’s functional vs. aspirational renting.
There’s nothing necessarily better or worse about one perspective or the other. Personally, I tend toward the practical, but that’s a matter of taste.
Now Hertz is expanding a program that lets you rent cars that might otherwise be out of reach, under the auspices of their Rent2Buy program.
You can rent a car for $49 or $99 per day — $99 if the list price of the car exceeds $25,000. If you choose to buy the car, you don’t pay the rental fee. If you don’t buy, well, you rented a car.
These are used cars, admittedly, but perhaps you were considering, say, a Corvette or an Audi A6, and the quick test drive in the four-mile radius around the dealership didn’t quite cut it. In such an instance, the rental fee might be a worthwhile investment (I’m frankly assuming you don’t actually buy the car from Hertz).
Hertz has now expanded the program to 22 states, so it’s easier to play the rent-to-own game.
What I don’t get is why they would bother with rentals like Hyundai Accents as part of this program. That’s a standard rental car already, but if you’re paying $49 a day, you’re paying WAY too much.