Hertz dream cars

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By Robert Harland

Motoring

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


VERY few of us will ever have the spondoolicks to own a Bentley, Maserati or an Aston Martin. But thanks to a novel venture launched recently by Hertz in the US, UK and Europe, anyone with a thirst for a motoring thoroughbred can now rent their dream car.

Given the high value of the cars on offer, it was a bold move by the world's leading general use car rental company when it launched its Prestige, Adrenaline and Dream Collections. But already they're proving great hits around the world making the motoring dreams for thousands of enthusiasts come true.

Neil Cunningham, Hertz UK's general manager, is satisfied with the results so far in Britain with the Dream Collection.

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"The response has been excellent, with more clients demanding exciting rides. We are meeting a real need from those customers who want more than just a standard car rental," he said during my recent visit to England.

"These high-end cars are designed for clients with specific business-related needs or for special occasions. We've been very careful about selecting the right vehicles to make sure there's something for everyone whether they're looking for comfort, elegance or just raw power."

And what a stunning fleet of prestigious vehicles to whet one's appetite! The Hertz exotic cars come from the most exclusive manufacturers in the world, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Mercedes and many more.

In the UK the most popular rental is the iconic Bentley Continental GT - that would certainly be my first choice. The new Jaguar F-type is also attracting a good deal of attention in other European countries, where this car is available.

Cunningham said the average rental period is currently 2.5 days ranging from weekends, when the pleasure seekers rent the vehicles, to full weeks, with the owner of a special car needing a similar replacement due to an accident or similar incidents.

"Our Dream Collection vehicles appeal to a wide cross-section of motorists", he added. "Some of our clients have the same cars back home and want to drive the same vehicle on vacation or on business trips. And there's the growing trend for 'bucket list' driving experiences. We have people from all walks of life interested in renting a luxury car for a short period," Cunningham said.

For all high-end rentals, a Hertz associate will give clients a personal vehicle orientation.

The collections are backed by the renowned Hertz Make and Model Guarantee ensuring that clients drive away with the exact car they booked.

I cannot think of many things that fit more perfectly into our social lives than the chance to impress neighbors, clients and friends with a high-end luxury car. And through the Hertz exotic collections one can rent for a fraction of the cost of buying.

I must say I am very tempted. I'd love to get behind the wheel of a Bentley Continental GT or a Jaguar F-type. Perhaps next holiday.

If you are similarly tempted to the thrill and excitement of some of the world's greatest cars, all arrangements can be made with Hertz in Manila. Call 02-8178165, or email hertzgsa@discovertheworld.com.ph or visit its website www.hertz.com.ph

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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