If you’re in the market to buy an exotic car or a supercar and want to choose the luxury brand that best revs your engine, visiting a rental company focusing on high-end cars makes sense.
Sure, you could head to a dealership and test drive some vehicles. But there are reasons why it makes sense to rent some of the luxury brands on your shortlist before negotiating a purchase.
Pros outweigh the cons
By renting one for a day, week, or month, you’ll get answers to your questions. You’ll be able to drive whatever cars you want on the roadways and on the highways. You’ll be able to use them in some of the ways you ultimately plan to use the car you will eventually purchase. By the time you’re done renting one or more cars, you’ll be ready to whittle down your list and choose one.
Disadvantages? There aren’t too many. It can cost a lot to rent high-end cars – much more than you can expect to pay at regular car rental companies. You may also find yourself feeling a tad nervous about possibly damaging a vehicle that might cost six figures or more.
McLaren 765 LT Spider
The pros outweigh the cons, though, if you’re serious about buying a high-end car and need to spend some time behind the wheel of one or more models. Hitting the open road, putting the car through its paces, and getting a feel for its nuances will help you choose the right one for you.
So that you have an idea as to options for renting exotic cars and supercars in the Greater Toronto Area, here’s a look at a few companies to consider.
Affinity Luxury Exotic Car Rental Company
If you’re looking for a car rental company in the GTA that focuses on high-end vehicles, you’ll want to consider Affinity. It offers exotic and luxury cars for leisure, photo shoots, business, special occasions, movies, and more. Some of the vehicles in its roster include the following:
- Porsche Panamera Turbo S
- Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
- Porsche 911 Targa 4
- Ferrari California 30 Hardtop Convertible
- Bentley Continental GT
- Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
Rentals can be done on a daily basis, two-day weekend basis, three-day weekend basis, and weekly basis. For instance, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S can be rented for $400 (daily), $1,000 (two-day weekend), $1,300 (three-day weekend), and $2,100 (weekly).
At GTA Exotics, you can sign up for exotic car and supercar experiences. Exotic car tours start at $359, track day experiences start at $139, and 30-minute test drives start at $169.
The rental company’s roster of exotic cars and supercars include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Aventador Roadster
- McLaren 720S
- Huracan Coupe
- Ferrari 488 GTB
- Rolls Royce Ghost
- Lamborghini Urus
- Maybach 5650
Porsche 911 Targa 4
As an example of what you can expect to pay in daily rental rates, the Rolls Royce Ghost Series II coupe with an eight-speed 8HP90 automatic transmission and a V12 twin-turbo engine goes for $1,099 a day on weekdays and $1,299 a day on weekends.
Turo isn’t your typical car rental company. It’s a peer-to-peer carsharing organization that enables private car owners to rent out their vehicles. So it’s one way you can get behind the wheel of a high-end car without going out and buying one. It can also be a more cost-effective way to rent the high-end vehicle of your dreams.
The types of cars you can rent on the Turo platform include the following:
- BMW M5
- Jaguar XJ
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Porsche Cayenne
- Audi Q5
- Tesla Model X
- Bentley Bentayga
You can rent a 2013 Porsche Cayenne for a three-day period for $264, of $88 per day, plus a trip fee of $58, for a total of $322.
Renting-before-buying strategy has its merits
So when the time comes to get yourself a new exotic car or supercar, you just might want to rent one or more of them so that you can figure out which vehicle best fits your needs. Even if the rental price works out to be higher than you’d like, it’ll still be worth your while. Making this investment will help you to decide what car you want to buy next.
TOP IMAGE: PORSCHE 911 TARGA 4/IMAGE SOURCE: PORSCHE