Q – My bucket list includes a simple five-day trip with my girlfriend. I want to rent a new Ferrari (must be red) and drive it down route # 1 to LA from San Francisco stopping for three or four nights at some neat hotels along the way. But how do I get the car? Should I do it through my LA hotel? Can you give me a ballpark price? Is it possible I can have a factory technician show me how to drive the car? I know this is going to be a small fortune but I would like to know how to do this the best possible way.
A – This is something a good travel consultant can arrange through one of two companies in Los Angeles that specialize in new, high-end automobile rentals. We recommend a company called Black & White Car Rentals. You won’t need a factory technician to show you how to use the car – a trained mechanic from the company in LA can personally deliver the car and offer the overview you need. You will likely come out somewhere between $10,000-$15,000 for the four or five day rental. Your advisor should coordinate the car delivery with the hotel reservation. As you are responsible for scratches/damage, you will need special parking arrangements along your route. Don’t be surprised if you see a slew of Ferrari’s heading in the same direction out of Apple’s Cupertino parking lot.