Rental Car Review: Silvercar SUV Audi Q7

Rental Car Review: Silvercar SUV Audi Q7


Silvercar, is a rental car company that only rents out silver Audi A4’s, A5’s, and the SUVs Q5’s and Q7. They also aim to make rental cars hassle free with free toll tracking, WiFi, and fair refueling prices ($9.95 fee, plus market rate on fuel you used).

In 2017, Audi fully acquired Silvercar, and as of now in 2021, they shifted from shutting down their airport locations to moving operating to existing Audi dealerships. Currently, Silvercar has 31 locations across the US. While not the most convenient for airport travelers, there are some dealerships located quite close to airports, in particular- Orange County (SNA), Ontario (ONT) and San Jose (SJC) are all served by an Audi dealership within 5 miles from the airport. Depending on comparable prices across the other rental agencies, it might be worth a quick Uber of Lyft to the Audi dealership.

We have rented from Silvercar before, and had a pretty good experience back in 2018 renting an Audi A4, when Silvercar still operated out of airports.


My family recently got a new Audi e-tron to try out for a lease last year, and with that purchase I found out I would get 7 days of Silvercar rental for free as part of the Always Audi Program! Pretty cool offer.

So we used 3 rental days from the Always Audi Program for our recent August road trip to Northern California, and the Q7 was available for my dates. You can use Always Audi free days on any car available from the A4 to the Q7.

Normal cash rates were $160 a day for the Q7 which is high but also quite normal given the current rental car situation going on.

When applying the Always Audi free days, you are still responsible for some taxes/fees, so while the $160 per day was waived, for the 3 day rental we were still on the hook for about $40 in taxes/fees.

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I have rented multiple times from SilverCar. Under the old SilverCar program it was flawless. Under the new Audi program it was less than stellar. It took me over 30 minutes at the Audi dealership to do what I did in 5 minutes at a dedicated SilverCar location. And it costs around double the old cost. Somewhat disappointed. I guess the old SilverCar was too good to be true.




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