QI’m planning a two-week California road trip later this summer, flying in/out of Los Angeles. I want to hire either a classic or sports car, definitely a convertible. How much more costly — and tricky — is this?
For instance, a two-week car hire from LA in July, costs around £450 for an economy car while the sports car/convertible is just £20 more per day, at just over £700. This offers far better value for money, especially as they both have the same basic insurance and the same extra coverage regardless of car type.
However, a word of caution: sports and convertible cars are very popular and rental agencies tend to have limited stock, so book as early as possible. skyscanner.net
The cost for a two-week hire from LA is around £175 more than an economy model, with the same fully comp insurance package. At My America Holiday, there’s no excess on car insurance, so you’ll be covered even if you have a minor scrape. Just bear in mind, though, that a convertible will have less passenger or boot space than a standard car, if you were thinking of packing heavy. myamericaholiday.co.uk
A convertible came in at £608-£817, depending on the supplier; a sports car, from £1,226-£1,428. The convertibles on offer ranged from an Audi A4 Cabriolet, Ford Mustang and Chrysler 200 Convertible, while sports cars included a BMW Z4, Nissan 370z and a Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Impala or similar. The insurances included with the price vary widely, listed online under each supplier’s individual T&Cs. Read carefully. carrentals.co.uk
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Published in the Jul/Aug 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)