I read The 4-Hour Workweek a month or so ago (and plan to read it again so I can properly comment on it), but one thing mentioned within is enjoying the fruits of one’s labor today, not 30 years from today. The author, Tim Ferriss, suggests that instead of thinking of the luxury car of your dreams costing, say, $120,000, you think of it as costing $1,000 a month.
I thought about this the other day as I was coming down from the high that was my big annual conference and contemplating vacation time. Not wanting to necessarily buy a new car, I wondered if it was possible to simply rent a luxury convertible (say, a Lexus SC430 or a Porche Boxter S) for a short but extended period, say the entire summer.
A brief search on Google revealed that it was indeed possible. Several companies specialize in, well, specialty rentals, aka exotic cars. In addition to the rather prosaic Audi TT and BMW Z4 convertibles, the much sexier Lexus SC430 and Porsche Boxster S were available. Heck I could even rent a Lotus Elise convertible!
Excellent! I’m already feeling the warm breeze caress my arm as it dangles out the window. I adjust my Michael Chiklis shades as I glance over at my girlfriend, who sinks deeper into the leather….
Hm, what’s that? How much would this fantasy run me? Well, let’s take a look. We’ll choose a Porsche Boxster S over a Lotus Elise, because it might be slightly less likely to result in a traffic stop for DWB.
According to specialtyrentals.com, a one month Porsche Boxster rental (July 8 to August 8), with 100 free miles a day, would be…. Oh my.
$245 a day.
The Lotus Elise is, surprisingly, also $7,331.77.
The Lexus SC 430 is a mere $5,385.44. Only $180 a day.
What do you think? Worth it for one solid month of pure summer enjoyment?