You arrive at Orlando. You have no interest in Disney World because you’re there for your annual trade show on safety glass plastic production. Yep, it’s not going to be wall-to-wall excitement, but maybe, just maybe your rental car could be…

Maybe you want to push the limits a little (in which case, consider heading to the Autobahn rather than Orlando for your next trade show), or maybe you just want to live like the guys on Top Gear for a day. As humorist P.J. O’Rourke said about “what kind of car handles best. Some say a front-engined car; some say a rear-engined car. I say a rented car. Nothing handles better than a rented car.“

Here’s what you should consider:

  • First off, be smart. Read the rental agreement, including ALL the fine print. Some of it will be obvious (don’t drive drunk. Seriously. Ever.) but some restrictions may be less expected, such as driving on unpaved roads.
  • Consider where you rent. Orlando, and all of the big tourist spots like L.A., New York or Las Vegas, are good choices for exotic or luxury cars. Don’t go looking for a Porsche in Puddletstop, Iowa.

What’s on our bucket list? Well, it includes an Aston Martin Vantage convertible (available for a reasonable $300/day), a Lamborghini Gallardo (a little pricier at $500/day). But the granddaddy of them all? A McLaren MP4-12C. In the same speed league as a $2 million Bugatti Veyron and really a bargain at $1500/day $9000/week considering that it goes for $279,000 retail.

Wiping the drool off now.

But let’s say you just want something that is reasonable, safe and fun to drive – a little something new to brighten your day between meetings. Start with any associations you may be a member of, like AAA or even Costco then add in a healthy dose of the almighty Internet.

Consider bidding for a fun car on Priceline. Look for daily deals, deals that include Monday rental or even whether renting for a week then returning early gets you a better rate.

Let your imagination run a little free when considering the type of car! Maybe this isn’t the trip for a McLaren, but how about a convertible? Or a Range Rover or Hummer just because? Though possibly not in New York City.

You only live once (unless you actually are James Bond) and sometimes it’s the simplest things that make an otherwise dull business trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience!