Silvercar is a budget-friendly but still luxury car rental concept that is slowly rolling out to airports across the country. Their entire fleet consists of silver Audi A4 sedans — better than the “luxury” cars on most traditional rental car lots — and chockfull of technological features like GPS, a WiFi hotspot, and an automatic gas tank sensor that only charges you for the fuel you use (and without the typical inflated prices). You pick up your car by scanning a barcode on the windshield.
All this automation enables them to keep prices low while providing you a better experience. In my own analysis, I looked at competitor rates at several airports and found Silvercar to be consistently cheaper when looking at comparable models, and often cheaper when comparing to standard mid-size rentals. They currently operate in Austin, both Dallas airports, Miami, Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.
Last month they had a great deal whereby you could get a $50 discount and a $50 gift card for your first rental. In January, they’re lowering all their rates to $59 a day (they can sometimes go up to $79 or higher based on demand). But this offer applies to old and new customers alike.
My biggest frustration is that Silvercar often has off-airport locations, so you’ll need to wait for Silvercar to pick you up and drive you to their lot. This works well in Austin, where they come to the airport terminal. At other places you may need to take a shuttle to the airport’s rental facility and then get a ride to Silvercar’s lot. But sometimes it’s better. I found this promotional video on YouTube that shows how well the concept works at Dallas-Fort Worth, where they are fortunate to be located at the main rental facility.
If you haven’t tried Silvercar, I always appreciate it when people use my referral link — SMACKENZIE — so I get a credit and you save $50, but you’re welcome to share your own in the comments.