Silvercar is an innovative new car rental service that has the potential to do to the car rental industry what Uber did to the taxi/car service industry.
What makes Silvercar unique is that they only have one type of car — an Audi A4 — which comes with a bunch of cool features, including:
- Free GPS
- Free wifi
- Free satellite radio
- Free toll tracking
- Reasonable fuel plan (if you choose not to fill up your car you pay the local pump price plus a $5 fill-up fee)
Furthermore, Silver eliminates the lines when picking up a car. When you download their app you can just go directly to the car and use the app to unlock the car.
So far Silvercar is available at the following airports:
- Austin, Texas (AUS)
- Houston Hobby Airport, Texas (HOU)
- Dallas Ft. Worth, Texas (DFW)
- Dallas, Texas (DAL)
- Los Angeles, California (LAX)
- San Francisco, California (SFO)
Anyway, Silvercar prices are fairly reasonable, and start at $59 per day on weekends. However, through June 30, 2014, they’re offering new customers $50 off a rental. Simply enter promotion code AFF-FTD when making a booking. To add a promotion code simply push the “add promo code” button at the bottom right of the booking page.
With this offer, the price of a rental can drop to just $9 per weekend day plus tax. Obviously this offer works out best for a one-day rental, since the $50 discount applies per rental and not per day, and it’s only available to new customers, so you can’t use it multiple times.
I definitely hope to give them a try sometime soon. For fellow young renters it’s worth noting that they have a minimum age of 25 in order to rent with them, and it doesn’t look like there’s any underage fee you can pay to get around that.
Has anyone used Silvercar yet? If so, what did you think?
(Tip of the hat to Running with Miles)