I’ve written extensively about Silvercar, including about the rental experience at LAX. Silvercar is an innovative rental car company available in roughly a dozen locations, with only one type of car in their fleet, the Audi A4.
Each A4 is equipped with free GPS, wifi, and satellite radio, and Silvercar has a fair fuel plan, whereby they’ll fill up your tank for the “market price” plus a $5 refueling fee.
I feel like they charge a reasonable premium for what they offer, though admittedly everyone values things like this differently.
As of now, Silvercar is available in the following markets:
- Austin – AUS
- Chicago – ORD
- Dallas – Love
- Dallas – DFW
- Denver – DEN
- Ft. Lauderdale – FLL
- Los Angeles – LAX
- Miami – MIA
- New York City – Manhattan
- Phoenix – PHX
- San Francisco – SFO
Silvercar has a great referral program, whereby they offer $25 in cash after your first rental if you’re referred by an existing member (the member referring you gets the same bonus).
On top of the $25 in cash they offer after the first rental, Silvercar also frequently offers promotions for discounted rentals. For a limited time, Silvercar is offering new members a $75 discount off a rental of at least two days using promotion code ELEVATE75.
For example, Silvercar has rentals starting from $59 per day, plus tax:
After entering the $75 promo code, that brings the rate down to $22 per day, or $60 for both days including tax:
As you can see, it actually knocks the rate down by more than $75, since the taxes are proportionately lowered as well. Then you get a further $25 in cash for being referred, knocking down the total cost for the two day rental to ~$35.
To recap, to take advantage of this:
- Sign-up for Silvercar using a referral, so you get $25 in cash after your first rental
- Once registered, go to the Silvercar homepage and make a reservation using promo code ELEVATE75
- The $75 discount will be knocked off right away, while the $25 in cash will be sent to you by email after your rental
If you’re the type of person who says “a car is a car, I don’t care what I drive,” then Silvercar probably isn’t for you long term. But if you’re looking to pay a reasonable premium for a car which is actually pleasant to drive, then Silvercar is for you.
And even if you don’t think you value the experience all that much, it’s worth giving them a shot at least once, given how much value you can get out of your first rental. In the above example, you can pay under $20 per day including tax for a Silvercar rental, which is less than you’d otherwise pay for even the most basic rental car.
Have you rented a Silvercar yet? What was your experience like?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)