I’m a huge fan of Silvercar, which is a boutique car rental agency with locations in over a dozen markets. Silvercar has a fleet of Audis, so they’re nicer than the average rental car you’d find elsewhere. They also use technology in all kinds of great ways, as you can pick a car with their app, and they offer free GPS, wifi, satellite radio, a fair fuel plan (where they’ll fill up your tank for the “market price” plus a $5 refueling fee), and more.
Just under a year ago it was announced that Audi is acquiring Silvercar, which I found to be an interesting move. I guess we’re now seeing one of the benefits of this. Up until now, Silvercar has exclusively offered the Audi A4 at a vast majority of their locations, though Silvercar will now also start renting the popular Audi Q5 SUV.
Audi Q5 cars are now available at Silvercar locations in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando and Salt Lake City. The Audi Q5 will be rolled out at other Silvercar locations throughout the first half of the year.
Rates vary by market, though the Audi A4 starts at $49 per day (at many locations it starts at $59 per day), while the Audi Q5 starts at $69 per day, though it can get more expensive than that as well.
The good news is that it’s pretty easy to score a deal on a Silvercar rental, even if you’re an existing user. For example, if you have a Visa Infinite Card (like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card) you can always save 30% on the cost of your rental of at least two days. Simply enter promo code VINFINITE at the time of booking.
If you haven’t yet rented from Silvercar, they have a generous referral program, where you can get $25 in cash after your first rental if you’re referred by an existing customer. If you enter my code, BSCHLAPPIG, at the time you sign-up for Silvercar, you’ll get that after your first rental (and I’ll get the same). Just go to the top right of silvercar.com and click on “sign-up,” and then enter your email address and password. Once your email address has been verified you can log-in and enter the above referral code.
The above two promotions should be combinable, and in many cases should put a rental into a comparable price range to a basic rental from another car rental company.
While I’ve always liked the A4s I’ve rented from Silvercar, I know some complained that the car isn’t big enough, so the Q5 is a nice alternative. It’s great to see that Audi’s takeover of Silvercar seems to be leading to further cooperation.
Anyone plan to rent an Audi Q5 from Silvercar?
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)