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Still Want to Try a Tesla Model S? Rent It

 by Ruth Schneider   Posted on November 9 2013

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Despite the recent spate of fires -- three in the past six weeks -- Consumer Reports named the Tesla Model S the top performing car of the year.

If you have a need for speed and these fires don't bother you (it's only happened to cars involved in crashes), there is a way for you to try before you buy. Hertz, the rental car company, has a line of exotic rides they call Dream Cars. The newest addition to the fleet is the electric supercar, Tesla Model S, which retails for $59,000-$94,000 for the 2013 model.

"Customer and industry support for Hertz's Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice," said Mark Frissora, Hertz's CEO in a statement.

Of course, thrills like this come at a price. Currently, Hertz only offers the Tesla S for rent in California -- at the Los Angeles and San Francisco airports -- for $500 per day plus 49 cents per mile after 75 miles. In comparison, a typical Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima rents for about $80-$95 per day.

Hertz isn't the only name in the game. Enterprise started offering the Tesla Model S as part of its Exotic Car Collection in June for about $300-$500 per day. The exotic wheels are not available everywhere. The models are restricted to limited locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas.

And the Tesla does have its limits -- as an electric car, it can't travel more than about 250 miles on a single charge. But, I'm certainly willing to cut it a little slack since it's able to go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.

If Tesla cars aren't your style, the rest of the Dream Car collection is just as slick. And they are available outside California. Want a Lamborghini or a Bentley? Those start at $1,500 a day. The Aston Martin Vantage is slightly less, starting at $1,000 per day. Porches and Mercedes start at $350 per day. The Dream Car collection is available in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

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