I’ve written extensively about Silvercar, including my recent rental experience with them in Orlando. Silvercar is an innovative rental car company available in over 20 US markets markets, which exclusively rents Audis (they used to just rent the A4, but in the meantime they have added Q5s and convertible A5s to their fleet).
Each car is equipped with free GPS, wifi, and satellite radio, and Silvercar has a fair fuel plan, where they’ll fill up your tank for the “market price” plus a $5 refueling fee.
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 locations:
- Austin — AUS
- Chicago — ORD
- Dallas — DAL
- Denver — DEN
- Ft. Lauderdale — FLL
- Las Vegas — LAS
- Los Angeles — LAX
- Miami — MIA
- Miami — South Beach
- Newark — EWR
- New York City — Brooklyn
- New York City — Brooklyn Downtown
- New York City — Manhattan
- Orange County — SNA
- Orlando — MCO
- Phoenix — PHX
- Salt Lake City — SLC
- San Diego — SAN
- San Francisco — SFO
- Seattle — SEA
- Tampa — TPA
- Washington — IAD
Silvercar has been growing nicely, and understandably one of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of trying Silvercar has been their lack of locations compared to the “big guys.” The good news is that they keep expanding, especially now that they’ve been acquired by Audi.
Silvercar has announced that they’re adding a new location — they’ll be opening a location at Charlotte Douglas Airport as of September 17, 2018. This is part of Silvercar’s goal of doubling their number of airport locations by the end of 2018.
Silvercar at Charlotte Airport is open from 5AM until 11PM, though if your flight arrives late they’ll typically wait for you, as needed. The Silvercar facility is located at 3101 Yorkmont Road, Suite 1650, Charlotte, NC, 28208, just a short drive from the airport.
One of the downsides to Silvercar is that they almost never have on-airport locations, but I’ve never found that to be an issue, as I’ve always been impressed by their airport pick-up experience.
Rates at Charlotte start at $59 per day plus tax for an Audi A4 or $79 per day plus tax for an Audi Q5.
For example, a two day A4 rental including taxes and fees would cost you $155.95 (the taxes and fees are pretty substantial).
The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to save money on the cost of a Silvercar rental. For one, if you have a Visa Infinite Card (like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®) 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. That would bring down the cost of a two day rental to $110.33, or $42 per day before tax.
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.
Anyone plan on renting from Silvercar at CLT?