Silvercar Adding Audi Q7 To Fleet

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Silvercar is my favorite car rental company. In March 2017 it was announced that Silvercar would be acquired by Audi. The two companies working together was nothing new, given that Silvercar exclusively offers Audis in their fleet. With the investment from Audi, Silvercar was hoping to greatly expand their footprint, and also to expand the types of Audi cars they offer.

Silvercar is now available at almost two dozen US locations, so their growth has been impressive, as I remember when they had just a few locations. When Silvercar was first launched the only car they offered was the Audi A4, though as of last January added Audi Q5 SUVs to their fleet, and as of last June they added Audi A5 Cabriolets to their fleet.

Silvercar is now adding a fourth type of car to their fleet. Starting February 15, 2019, Silvercar will be renting out the Audi Q7 SUVs at many of their locations.

The new Audi Q7s are bookable now at the following seven locations, and will be rolled out to further locations through June:

  • Denver, CO
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Salt Lake City, UT

The Q7 will be Audi’s biggest car yet, as it will have seven seats, so is great for big groups or families. Here’s how Silvercar describes the Q7:

The impressive Audi Q7 continues to raise the bar for luxury SUVs, offering exceptional driving dynamics, advanced driver assistance systems and innovative technology and connectivity solutions. Customers will enjoy cutting-edge features like quattro® all-wheel drive, Audi virtual cockpit with Google Earth™, Audi smartphone interface, and Audi drive select, which allows drivers to choose from seven different modes to tailor their Audi Q7 to suit their driving style.

So, how does the pricing compare to Silvercar’s other cars? Picking random dates at their Miami location, I see:

  • The A4 for $59/day
  • The Q5 for $69/day
  • The A5 Cabriolet for $89/day
  • The Q7 for $109/day

As you’d expect, the Q7 is the highest price Silvercar so far, as it has a significantly higher MSRP than the A4 and Q5, and a marginally higher MSRP than the A5 Cabriolet.

Fortunately with Silvercar there are ways to score discounts on rentals. For example, if you have a Visa Infinite Card (like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®) you can always save 20% on the cost of your rental. Simply enter promo code VISAINF20 at the time of booking.

On top of that, 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.

Anyone plan to rent an Audi Q7 from Silvercar?

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Comments

  1. Interesting random selection re MIA; for a 6-day trip in April out of LAX, the Q7 is only $10 more per day than the Q5. Which makes it a no-brainer for my family of 5.

  2. @ Ben — Overpriced. With the right discount, you can rent Hertz, National, etc. for about $30/day most of the time and pick your own car. Why pay 2-4 times that? Never understood the appeal here.

  3. I too can’t understand the appeal given their high prices. I rent a lot with Hertz in the US (earned Presidents’ Circle and AMEX Plat discount code) and usually pay 40-60 USD per day for an all-inclusive Cadillac XTS or XT5 or Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and similar cars (with GPS, sirius, ventilated seats, full coverage). We all have different preferences, but I really prefer something like that to an Audi A4/Q5. Just last week I was upgraded to a Porsche Macan Turbo from the nice Hertz clerk at LAX, after only paying about 30 USD for a Lincoln Continental. I also really like the comfort of knowing that Hertz have a huge presence at all US airports and respond very quickly to roadside emergencies.

  4. @Gene, @Lukas – it depends on the market and the season. I went to Seattle last August for a Pearl Jam concert, and every basic-model rental car was about $108 / day for the weekend. The A4 I ended up renting from Silvercar (with the Visa Infinite discount) was vastly better than the entry-model I would have received from Hertz.

  5. The bizarre shilling continues.

    Enter promo code MYAUDI1 – 1 free day on reservations of 2+ days

    Enter promo code MYAUDI2 – 2 free days on reservations of 4+ days

    But go ahead and keep your CSR

  6. Silvercar seldom works for me even w stacked discount. The last 2 I had w National at SJC – I rented midsize, ended up with a BMW 4-series cabrio, and Audi Q5. The last one – I could have picked a Range Rover Evoque, but Q5 is slightly roomier.

    With Sixt, they used to have easy status match, I rented a base cabrio and ended up with a cabrio 6-series Cabrio.

  7. @Gene it’s obvious why Lucky would want to advertise it. He has hundreds of thousands of readers. If even a small percentage of his readers select silver car because his recommendations, he receives thousands towards silver car, making it essentially free for him to use.

  8. I say NO to any Audi
    They don’t have Remote Start feature!
    Try that in Chicago’s wintertime…
    Rented one from National last week. Never again.
    Back to Infinity and Cadillacs

  9. Here is my take on Silvercar. The car is great. Overall experience gives me a mixd feeling and it is way overpriced. I just used Silvercar in SFO for a 6 day rent for my family between Christmas and New Year. I found much cheaper prices on Hertz but I would get a Ford SUV. National which I am an Executive member was also way cheaper but it would be a big gamble on what car would be available on the Executive aisle. I wanted to secure a nice and safe car that would provide a good experience to my family and fit us all with good comfort and all the bags in the trunk. The best deal I could find on Silvercar was $129/day for a Q5. Thus, nothing like the $69/day you mention in the article above. Then, it is a big pain to get the car. You arrived at SFO, take the train to the rental car building which is not close at all. From there you go 4 floors down and wait the Silvercar van that will take you to their offsite location. It was around 7 minutes to the place. Car was spotless and had almost 10k miles on it. The thing I like about Silvercar is that there is no BS and you scan the code with the app and leave. Toll pass is included in the car and you only pay for the toll charges with no up charge. Well, my understanding was the same for gas. You return the car and you only pay for what you used. Yes, that is correct but they charge $9.95 service charge to fill the tank. My biggest problem was that during my entire time around San Francisco the most expensive gas prices I found were around $3.90/gallon. There we much cheaper places. When I was returning the car at the Silvercar location there was a gas station basically next door to it and their price was $4/gallon. That was on the very high side but I thought for the convenience it was OK. However, when I got my receipt Silvercar charged me $4.30/gallon to fill he tank. That was a huge rip off and gave me a bad taste on my mouth. After returning the car van to take us back to the rental car area at SFO was not there and we had to wait around 10 minutes. Thus, overall the experience was OK. Very expensive, not convenient if you are in a hurry to get back to the airport and overcharges for fuel.

  10. Love , Love Love Silvercar…so tired of the games other companies play. I use the visa code VINFINITE for longer rentals . My referral code is MMILLER8 if anyone is looking for another discount.
    Love the free wifi in the cars, love the easy no hassle pickup. And love driving a luxury car. It’s often less than the regular spots.

  11. To Gene and others on the board. You are comparing apples and oranges. I also belong to the National Emerald Club and Hertz Presidents Circle. I also have a negotiated rate from my company. However I frequently rent in places such as Seattle, Anchorage and have found the rates to be substantially higher than those in SFO, LAX, etc. I use Silver Car frequently in Seattle and find them to have a nice product. They have a shuttle bus that picks you up and drops you off at the airport and their counter is directly next to the airport (5 min) trip. Sometimes the majors beat Silver Car and sometimes they don’t. A blanket statement simply doesn’t work here.

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