DriveShare By Hagerty: Classic Car Thrills Without The Bills

  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

can be reached at christianwardlaw@gmail.com
  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

can be reached at christianwardlaw@gmail.com
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As a young, impressionable, pre-teen car enthusiast, I was a purist. Bone stock was my thing, which meant sighting a black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition was far more exciting to me than spotting a black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am modified to look like that ridiculous talking and self-driving Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT).

That’s still true of me today, yet I’m irresistibly drawn to a KITT car available through DriveShare by Hagerty. DriveShare is a car-sharing platform of sorts, a Turo for car geeks, and this modified Trans Am available in Los Angeles is just one of hundreds of compelling cars you can rent by the day. Think of it as car-sharing for people who love to drive.

How DriveShare by Hagerty Works

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am KITT
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can rent this KITT replica based on a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. Even the interior is faithful to Michael Knight’s autonomous 4-wheeled sidekick. (DriveShare by Hagerty)

 

Given that DriveShare isn’t putting people into garden-variety econoboxes like the Thrifty office at the airport, you’ll need to meet several requirements before you can zoom around Hollywood hassling tourists like you’re the ‘Hof:

  • You must have a U.S. driver’s license
  • You must be at least 30 years old
  • You must have your own cell phone
  • You must pass a driving history check

Once you are an approved DriveShare driver, you can search the online directory for a vehicle. Filters allow you to sort by vehicle make, vehicle location, price, year, and recommendation rating.

It is best to find a car in your area because owners will likely charge a delivery fee for traveling beyond a specific mileage radius from home. And if you can’t operate a clutch, don’t choose a vehicle with a manual transmission because you could be held liable for any mechanical damage resulting from misuse.

After you find a car you’d like to drive, you’ll contact the vehicle’s owner and schedule your rental. Each rental requires a security deposit, a hold placed on your credit card, and the amount varies depending on the vehicle. Within 72 hours of the vehicle’s safe, damage-free return, DriveShare releases the security deposit hold.

DriveShare also offers chauffeured vehicles, like a classic 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II in Columbia, MO for $500 per day. Or, you can rent a vehicle for an event, such as a red 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible for a wedding photo shoot in Chicago. What’s another $750 when you’re already spending tens of thousands on your nuptials?

Driving Cool and Classic Cars Ain’t Cheap

Orange Classic Ford Bronco Cut
Through DriveShare by Hagerty, you can rent something like this classic Ford Bronco for a day. It won’t be cheap, but it won’t cost as much as owning one, either. (Christian Wardlaw)

 

Owning a classic or high-performance vehicle isn’t cheap. In addition to the cost of buying one, there is the insurance, the maintenance, and the registration fee. When something breaks or is damaged, you get to fix it. And when you get bored and want something different, you’re the one who must find and vet a buyer, and complete a transaction.

DriveShare by Hagerty relieves you of this overhead and hassle, but not necessarily the expense.

As I write this, the least expensive car available through DriveShare is a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette located in San Diego. The cost is $163.90 per day, including the 10% service fee that is applied to all vehicles listed on DriveShare. You can drive the car 150 miles before incurring a buck-a-mile overcharge. The rental includes roadside assistance and commercial auto insurance with $1 million in coverage.

Compare that price to a 2019 Corvette Z06 offered through the Hertz Adrenalin Collection. Available at Los Angeles International Airport, the Z06 runs $236.84 per day (including tax). You can drive it 75 miles daily before an overcharge of 75 cents per mile kicks in, and your own insurance company is on the hook if you demonstrate more courage than talent. A loss damage waiver is available at an extra cost and covers the full value of the car.

Clearly, renting cool cars, whether they’re new or old, isn’t cheap. The beauty of DriveShare by Hagerty is that you can easily sample a wide variety of vehicles without any of the headaches associated with ownership, making it a virtual toy box for driving enthusiasts. And to the right type of person, that’s priceless.


About the Author

  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

can be reached at christianwardlaw@gmail.com
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