If you travel around the world and have sense of adventure, you will find that you can rent almost any type of vehicle. Peer-to-peer companies like Getaround and Turo have broadened the options. But major rental car companies can also offer unexpected vehicles if you are in the right place.
Where Can You Rent a Motorcycle?
The history of rental car companies in the United States renting motorcycles is spotty. Enterprise has tried to do so in sun-drenched locations like Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where the weather is relatively conducive to motorcycles year-round yet it never managed to gather a consistent foothold in the market.
Hertz Ride program makes it easy to rent a motorcycle.
If you travel to Mediterranean countries in Europe (France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), Hertz makes it easy to rent a motorcycle through its Hertz Ride program. Hertz guarantees the bikes are less than 7 months old with fewer than 15,000 km on the odometer. Sadly, helmets and gloves are not included in the rates but Hertz is more than happy to sell those as an add-on.
Where Can You Rent a Car with a Stick Shift?
Travel outside the U.S. and Canada and manual transmissions are ubiquitous. In fact, there are some locations in the world where it's impossible to find an automatic transmission.
Within the United States, manual transmissions are a unicorn unless you happen to be visiting Kansas City.
Where Can You Rent a Campervan?
Campervans have gained in popularity in the United States—particularly during the coronavirus pandemic— through companies like Jucy Rentals USA, Escape Campervans and Roamerica. But that pales in comparison to how popular campervans are in Australia, Europe, and New Zealand.
Unfortunately, major US rental car companies ignore campervans as these vehicles aren't genrally covered by traditional insurance policies and most rental car companies don't want the administrative burden of necessary tasks like laundering linens, washing dishes, and cleaning out water tanks.
Where Can You Rent a Cargo or Moving Van?
Looking for a moving van or cargo vehicle in the United States? U-Haul and Penske aren't the only options. Check out the commercial truck divisions of the major rental car companies, like Avis/Budget Cargo Van Rental, Budget Truck Rental or Enterprise Truck Rental.
Where Can You Rent a Two-Wheeled Scooter?
Headed to a small Caribbean nation or an island nation like Greece, where scooters are fairly common among locals? There will surely be a variety of small local outfitters that rent out scooters and, though harder to find, there's also a possibility that a local branch of a major rental company might also rent scooters.
Over the years, we've seen customers track bookings for low-end Suzuki Sixteen scooters (think small 125 cc engines, rather than a full motorcycle). And while these scooters are called "Sixteens" because local laws often allow 16 year olds to drive them, a major rental car company still has a minimum age requirement of 25 years for renters.