“I would love to drive something like that, just once.” We have all said words to that effect. They usually pop out of Gildshire when a Lamborghini Countach cruises by on the Interstate. Maybe, in your case, it is the Maserati Ghibli Spyder that brings out the “I wish.” Heck, a 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible moves the needle for some people we know. Hagerty Insurance heard the plaintive cry, and particularly paid attention to the “just once” part of the equation. Long known as a specialty insurer of rare rides, Hagerty recently opened classic car rental shops for those who can’t bear another weekend in a Plain Jane Ford Focus.
According to Forbes, the program is called DriveShare. It puts a car enthusiast behind the wheel of his/her dream car for a once in a lifetime thrill. The driver gets the experience they desire without going to divorce court over the $250,000 they would have to spend to buy one of these babies.
Here’s how it works. Go to the site and decide what category of vehicle you want to rent. You’ll be given the choice of a classic car, muscle car, kit car, classic truck etc. Let’s try a”classic car.” You will be asked to select the appropriate metro area. Let’s enter “Seattle.” There we will find pictures and prices of the kinds of cars we have always wanted to drive just once. I see a picture of a 2006 Mazda Miata convertible at the handleable price of $150 per day. A couple of clicks later and it’s mine for a trip to the coast. Many other cars were available at varying prices from “Not bad,” to “Good God!”
There is one catch. Hagerty requires a security deposit before you can drive any of their cars. The owner of the car sets the rate. For our Miata, the deposit was $500. It would likely be more for a 2018 Ferrari.
If rather than being a renter, you happen to own one of these kinds of cars, Hagerty would like to speak to you about listing it. The service is growing around the country and the demand has been stupendous.
Are you squeamish about someone else behind the wheel of your baby? Some owners hire themselves out as classic car rental chauffeurs and drive the happy couple, party, prom group, or revelers around town.
Short term cars are a coming thing in the automotive world. Millennials are embracing the concept as their parents wouldn’t have imagined. Boomers and Gen X’ers like the idea of driving a nostalgic car, at least for a day. Hagerty Insurance may have found a way to bridge the generational divide, one red 1969 Plymouth Road Runner at a time.