Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Classic Car Rental

Hi Jamie,

I am from London England, and am looking to drive across the US probably the fall this year. i would like to do it in a classic 60s car but am concerned about reliability.

Alternatively i would do it in a convertible modern car. What are your suggestion for either and where could i hire the car? I have plenty of time to do this say over a month so might do coast to coast and PCH!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best wishes,

Mike M


Hi Mike --

Thanks for writing in to Road Trip USA -- good luck with your trip! Finding a "classic car" can be a challenge, especially if you want to drive it for more than a short time -- these are pretty rare as rentals, though of course you might be able to buy one and ship it home after your trip. Wouldn't it be a blast to cruise down the Kings Road in something out of Starsky & Hutch?


Because of reliability issues, old cars tend not to be used in rental fleets. That said, places like LA and Las Vegas have a lot of unusual car hire companies, like this one (which is where I got the picture above -- check it out!):


And most of the majors (Avis, Hertz, Budget etc) will rent you a modern convertible if you decide to go that route.

You could also look into doing a couple of different cars; maybe a cooler, more expensive one for California, then a more standard machine for getting you across the country.

Lots of possibilities - it's what makes America great!

Happy Trails,

Jamie Jensen
Road Trip USA


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