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Looking to rent a Model S in Orange County on Friday, Sept 12th

Discussion in 'California' started by Kofi, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. Kofi

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    #1 Kofi, Sep 10, 2014
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    Renting a Tesla in California

    Hello TMC,

    This thread is open to the topic of Tesla rentals and limousines in California through Relay Rides, Getaround, Enterprise, Hertz, Strack Transportation, and others. Please provide feedback, requests, referrals, and more...thank you.
     
  2. Lloyd

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    There are 7 companies that rent Model S in the los Angeles area.

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    #3 Kofi, Sep 10, 2014
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    Thank you Lloyd.
     
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    Moderator: If possible, please change the thread title to Renting a Tesla in California.
     
  5. Kofi

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    Make Money By Buying, and Then Renting, a Tesla Model S

    http://www.plugincars.com/make-money-buying-and-then-renting-tesla-model-s-129061.html
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    Last month, San Francisco-based Bruno Bowden raked in $4,700 in revenue by offering his six-figureTesla Model S on Getaround, the peer-to-peer carsharing service. After GetAround took their share for insurance and logistics, Bowden was left with $2,820 of income. “It’s actually more than double my mortgage payment for the car,” Bowden told PluginCars.com.
    Bowden’s Model S rents for $500 a day, or $2,500 for the week. He said renters commonly rent for the day, as an extended test drive. “A lot of people who are thinking about buying one for themselves want to try it our first,” he explained.
    There’s nothing stopping an entrepreneur from buying a Model S explicitly for this purpose, and in fact, a growing number of Getaround and RelayRides users are starting cottage rental agencies with a one or two cars with this in mind. That was not the case with Bowden. “I did not intend financing the car like that,” he said.
    Bowden is a former Google employee who worked for the search giant for more than seven years—on engineering and managements of Google Earth and enterprise-level Gmail. During that time, he did not own a car. Bowden is now an investor and advisor to technology companies, including Getaround.

    The Ultimate Fleet Vehicle

    Take note that Google recently added a Tesla Model S to its corporate fleet, which includes electric vehicles from nearly every manufacturer. Rick Needham, Google’s director of energy and sustainability, recently told FreshDialogues.com, “We have Teslas in the fleet for when we have increased range requirements, like when people are trying to get home if they’ve missed the bus or something like that.” That takes Silicon Valley perks, like Foosball and espresso machines, to a whole new level.
    Mike Potter, managing director at U.K.’s Fleetdrive, a specialized business vehicle service, will soon start offering the Tesla Model S to its fleet customers. “We are excited to be involved in bringing this car to the fleet market here in the U.K.,” Potter told FleetNews.com. “It is a car that makes a statement and offers the driver a VIP experience, whilst financially making real business sense.” He mentioned tax benefits and lower cost of fuel as factors that lead to lower total ownership costs.

    The Only Electric Fleet Vehicle with No Range Issues

    Presumably, temporary renters of the Model S would have access to Tesla’s Supercharger network—meaning free fuel for long-distance electric road trips.
    Bowden said that a lot of the people who rent his Model S take it from San Francisco to Napa Valley for the weekend. That’s well within the vehicle’s 250-plus mile driving range.
    The personal Model S service works for Bowden because he works from home. “It’s some work to maintain the vehicle, help renters, address scheduling issues, and keep the calendar up to date,” he said. One of his customers banged up a side panel, but took care of the repairs before returning the vehicle. Mostly, Bowden is willing to offer his car out of a self-professed love for electric vehicles. “It’s not an easy win, but yes, it’s possible to make money doing it.”

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    24 HOURS IN A MODEL S!
    http://www.teslamotors.com/en_EU/forum/forums/24-hours-model-s

    Last week was my last week at a company I've worked at for the last four years. While I've grown to have some disagreements with management, I've established some great relationships and many folks there were sad to see me go. As a "parting gift," a bunch of my (now former) co-workers chipped in and got me the best present I can imagine: 24 hours in a Model S!

    They "kidnapped" me from my house, blindfolded me, and drove me for 45 minutes or so. Along the way, I was guessing at what we might be doing -- skydiving, go-cart racing, and I even guessed test-driving a Tesla. Then, they walked me into a quiet building. When they removed the blindfold, I saw it: a pearl white Model S P85.

    I was literally jumping for joy. Then, blew my mind: it was mine for 24 hours!

    The place was Club Sportiva in San Jose; they do rentals of all kinds of exotics (think Ferrari, Rolls Royce, etc.).

    So first, the rental agreement: they do contact your insurance company to verify insurance, and they make a hefty pre-authorization on a credit card. And they have a pretty hard limit on miles. A standard rental comes with 100 miles, and my friends had pre-purchased another 100 for me. If you go beyond your pre purchased mileage, the penalty is steep -- $5 / mile.

    But given that the rated range of the standard charge battery is 240, and given that I knew I'd be driving it pretty hard, I realized that 200 miles would be fine.

    Now, the car: what can I say that can't already be said? I had ultra-high expectations given everything I've read here, and it did not disappoint. This was a performance 85 with everything but the jump seats. I forgot to look at the VIN, but I noticed that the registration date was 12/26.

    The acceleration is absolutely other-worldly; as one of my friends said, "It's like a spaceship." He was totally right: the jaw dropping force, absent a roaring ICE, just seems like alien technology.

    The display is amazing. My co-workers and I are all software product managers; after playing with the display for a few minutes, one of my former employees said in awe "This is the kind of product I want to manage!"

    I did some good highway runs (the 60 to 90 acceleration is absolutely perfection), took my wife out for a lovely evening, and had the car back on time the next morning (with 20 miles to spare!). I loved the feel, the handling, and full-regen. Rear camera is great, and I actually thought the visibility was just fine. I did notice some distortion at the bottom of the windshield but it didn't bother me at all.

    The car did have one flaw, and it's one I've read about here: the back speakers were really, really weak. I think last I read there was a software problem (like it was playing 2 channel music at 5.1) -- has there been an update?

    And now I've driven a Tesla. It has really made a dilemma for me; I had pretty much talked myself out of getting one (mostly due to the electrical infrastructure work we'd have to do on our house, and we won't necessarily be in it for all that long)...but driving that car was amazing. So we are talking about it again.

    And, for anyone out there who would like an extended test drive, I HIGHLY recommend Club Sportiva. Yes, it is pricey (I think my friends paid something like $800). But this is a far cry from a 10 minute test drive; this is a chance to take the car wherever you want, see if it fits in your garage, see how it feels to park, you name it. You get to experience the Tesla grin, you get to see the looks people give you at stop lights, the whole deal. And they treat you like a total VIP.

    Of course, it's also a great present, as I can attest!
     
  6. SmartElectric

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    Looking to rent Model S for family road trip summer 2015. Two adults, two kids, no pets. Extremely well educated and serious electric car owner here.
    7-14 days, timing negotiable.
     

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