Review: Hertz 24/7
Hertz 24/7 reviewed in Hoboken
Is it worth getting rid of your car for shared hourly rentals?
The purpose was to test out the ease of use and cost in real world situations. And to figure out exactly who the ideal customer is – and whether taking away residential street parking (Hertz pays only $100 per spot!) is even necessary.
Cost for 4 mixed-use Hertz 24/7 rentals: $640
We used the Hertz 24/7cars four times – in various situations. A combination of the tiny car, medium car and SUV – and from a few hours during a weekday, brief weekend use and one overnight stay on the weekend. Total cost was $640.00.
Using the cars wasn’t complicated. Just book your car online – and swipe your membership card on the windshield at the time you reserved the vehicle.
A gas card is provided as well (you need to find the PIN number on the dash to give to the attendant).
Note that weekend use is the most costly – and early weekday use was the cheapest. Again, the cost was $640 for one overnight trip and about 14 hours of miscellaneous “errand” use.
Was it fun? Reliable? Safe?
The cars in the Hertz 24/7 fleet are practically brand new, so driving them didn’t feel unsafe.
However, the Fiat 500 is a horrible ride – especially for a very tall person like myself. Bring back the Mini Coopers! The Ford Fiesta pictured above, while hardly comfortable inside – held its own on the highway surprisingly well (although it did sound like it was revving as high as a blow dryer at times). And the “high-end” SUV’s fulfilled their duties in a satisfactory (albeit costly) manner.
High to Low – ranking potential users of Hertz 24/7
- People who don’t own and rarely need to use a car. If you’re a person that needs a ride one or two times per year – Hertz on Demand cars are a great fit. However, if you need long-term rentals – you’ll still do better at the rental counter rather than these hourly cars. Even better? Friends with cars.
- Very infrequent users. You need a car once a month or so – for various lengths of time. Hertz is a good all around option for you.
- Once a week users. This is the sort of “break even” point in my opinion. For over $600 per month for what I think is still very light usage, may be more than what you’re paying now for your car. Sure you don’t have the hassle of parking, gas and insurance – but you also don’t have unlimited use of (or flexibility with) the car – which would cost much more.
- Current car owners (or more than once a week drivers). You love the freedom of going wherever you want whenever you want.
- Car enthusiasts. You will hate every single one of these cars with a passion.
Do Hertz on Demand cars really need to take away parking?
In this simulation – the rentals ranged from “I have to go on an errand to Home Depot,” to “Let’s take an impromptu overnight trip,” to “grab the gang and let’s try somewhere new to eat!”
Hertz on Demand cars should really be taken off city streets – and placed in strategic garage locations (or private property) around Hoboken – just like the Zip Cars do.
Each one of these situations required a different car – which were not around the corner from our location. So the argument for having a car close to your home is only valid if you use the same exact car each time. And as you can see, different scenarios require different cars. And 50 less parking spots for Hoboken residents for the economic gain of a commercial rental company is just not fair. Let them fend on their own and find a different place to keep them.