Silvercar Expanding To Las Vegas In 2016

Silvercar has just announced that they’ll be expanding to Las Vegas as of January 4, 2016.

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What is Silvercar?

For those of you not familiar with Silvercar, it’s my favorite car rental agency (I’ve written about my experience renting from them at LAX). They’re now available in about a dozen locations, with only one type of car in their fleet, the Audi A4.

Silvercar-LAX-4

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.

Silvercar-Benefits

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 now available in Las Vegas

As mentioned above, Silvercar’s 12th location will be Las Vegas. Silvercar will be available in Las Vegas starting Monday, January 4, 2016, though are accepting reservations as of today.

It seems like Silvercar’s rates in Las Vegas are typically $69 per day before tax, which seems reasonable (as I’ll discuss below, Silvercar often has promotions, so you can typically do better than that).

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Now, Las Vegas isn’t exactly a city where you’ll rent a car if you’re just heading to the strip, given how close it is to the airport, and what a nightmare parking can be. Instead, these Silvercar rentals are probably most useful if you’re looking to do a roadtrip starting in Las Vegas, given how much beautiful nature there is in the area.

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Getting huge discounts on Silvercar rentals

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 example, at the moment Silvercar is offering new members a $75 discount off a rental of at least two days using promotion code ELEVATE75.

Using the above example of Silvercar’s $69 rentals at Las Vegas McCarran Airport, using the promotion code the rental becomes $32 per day plus tax. That’s a total of $84 for a two day rental:

Silvercar-Rental-LAS

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 ~$59.

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

This discount works for Silvercar rentals at any of their dozen locations.

Bottom line

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.

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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 $30 per day including tax for a Silvercar rental in Las Vegas, which is less than you’d otherwise pay for even the most basic rental car.

Even in other markets this represents a great value, as Silvercar has some great rates around the holidays, which you can still apply promo codes towards.

Have you rented a Silvercar yet? What was your experience like?

Comments

  1. I think this company has bought your love. There are SO MANY interesting rental car companies doing cool stuff we haven’t heard a peep about:

    car2go
    flightcar
    zipcar @ avis airport locations
    national executive selection
    skurt
    getaround
    turo

    There, I just gave you enough blog content for weeks. All of those options are at LAX. (Actually, I think car2go just pulled out. But car2go is in many cities.)

  2. Silvercar has a niche strategy that don’t work for many families travelling in the US. An Audi A4 is too small with you have kids and luggage so unless they start to offer Audi SUVs in more markets they are missing an opportunity. Also, LAS is probably the only city I would never rent a car.

  3. Big fan of SilverCar… The Q5 would be a nicer vehicle when you have luggage for more than one person (Denver has Q5s). Any details on where SilverCar will be? Will it be in the Rental Car Center or will you have to hop to a second shuttle?

  4. Never tried Silvercar, but A4s are great cars, so I’m sure it’s a good experience. Definitely seems like you’re paid to push them though, as Stvr mentioned, or at the very least you push them to get lots of referral bonuses. There are tons of other options that never get a mention.

    Also, a little disingenuous to say that Silvercar at $30/day + tax is cheaper than even the most basic rental. I just ran a search for random weekends in January and found $13/day rates on Hotwire for a full-size car. So it’s not remotely close to being cheaper, it’s still double the price of the cheapest option on the weekends I searched. And that’s with the promotional rate.

  5. Finally! I wouldn’t visit LAS without renting a car, now I can get something other than a Hyundai, KIA or Subaru.

  6. I’ve been renting with Silvercar the past several days for the first time. Experience has been excellent from moment of the concierge pickup @ DFW. Using a promo code ($50 off) I am rollin’ in an S4 model for ~ $100 less than a mid-size from Hertz (I’m H GP 5*) b/c of lower taxes and fees on top of the promo code.

    …and I have been using the many DFW area expressways to ensure the S4 gets is “daily exercise”….an incredible ride.

    I will definite rent from Silvercar again in the future.

  7. I recently did my first SilverCar rental from Austin when I flew on one of the last DAL-AUS flights on VX. Checkin was very easy via my phone, a BlackBerry Classic, which doesn’t actually have a dedicated app.

    I think it’s worth noting that the premium amenities are crucial if you spend any time driving. Navigation can be a big chunk of a standard rental, as can the DAILY charge for Satellite Radio. Additionally, they charge tolls incurred at the standard rate, at least in Texas, which is far better than what other companies seem to offer.

    I loved my weekend with SilverCar, and I would definitely rent from them again, especially considering that their rates are lower on weekends because they cater more to business travelers and generally have fewer weekend bookings.

  8. Silvercar has a great service going for them. Would really appreciate it if someone used my referral code below for $25 off your first Silvercar rental (can be stacked with other codes) — thanks! 🙂

    CDONG1

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