Since last year, Audi-owned Silvercar has partnered with Peg Perego to provide free car seats in car rentals. Initially, we were a bit surprised, as Silvercar's reason for existing is to provide cool cars to the golfing bro crowd. Yet Silvercar actually includes quite an array of free perks for which most rental car companies charge hefty fees, such as satellite radio, GPS, wi-fi and actual cost for tolls. A free car seat means many families might also consider Silvercar.
How to Get a Free Car Seat With Your Silvercar Rental Car
To request a child or booster seat for your rental at no additional charge, simply contact Silvercar at least one day before pickup by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org after you book. If a child or booster seat is available—the offer is always "subject to availability"—it will be provided at no charge.
Given the other features available in Silvercar's all-Audi fleet, avoiding paying for a car seat (which often runs $15 per day plus taxes at competitors) is a pretty substantial saving, especially on a longer trip.
Of course, Silvercar's status as a niche competitor limits the value of this offer, since the company has just 26 locations.
Silvercar is Not the Only Option For a Free Car Seat
Teachers can use the National PTA rate code for a free car seat at Hertz. And some loyalty programs, such as Avis Preferred allow you to redeem points for a free car seat. So there are multiple avenues of getting a car seat directly from the rental car company without any incremental cost. Of course, Avis, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty will not guarantee you'll drive away in an Audi A4 or Q5, as Silvercar will.
Another option, of course, is to simply bring your child's safety seat from home, both to reduce costs and for familiarity.
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