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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 Vantag