Car Industry

Hertz is getting into the car subscription game

Hertz My Car will offer the daily rental company's range of cars, trucks and SUVs for a pretty penny per month.

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Rental car juggernaut Hertz is getting into the car subscription business. The new offering, called Hertz My Car, is being rolled out as a pilot program in Atlanta, Georgia and Austin, Texas, and will cost subscribers between $999 and $1,399 per month depending on which of the two vehicle packages is selected.

Traditional daily rental car companies like Hertz, Avis, and Dollar Thrifty have felt the heat from technological solutions. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have risen to prominence, as well as car-sharing services like Turo. Increasingly, traditional rental companies have explored new business models to combat customer defections and meet evolving consumer demands. Arch rival Enterprise Rent-A-Car itself detailed plans to start its own subscription pilot program back in April.

Check out: Roadshow's guide to car subscription plans for a comprehensive look at all automaker subscription plans.

Hertz has itself already launched a Multi-Month loan program as a way to appeal to consumers who need cars for longer than a typical daily or weekly rental rate, but shorter than a traditional lease. It has also developed rental programs specifically for those looking for a vehicle to drive with Uber. Hertz My Car appears to be another such effort.

Hertz's new car subscription pilot costs up to $1,399 per month.

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According to the company, Hertz My Car's Tier 1 enrollment ($999 per month plus tax) includes access to full-size sedans, small SUVs and small trucks, meaning subscribers will have access to family four-doors like the Nissan Altima, as well as midsize pickups like the Toyota Tacoma and crossovers like the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Bumping up to Tier 2 status ($1,399 per month plus tax) includes access to all of the aforementioned Tier 1 vehicles, plus "regular SUVs" like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Infiniti QX60, full-size trucks like the Ford F-150 and larger luxury sedans like the Cadillac CTS. Sadly, the limited-edition Hertz 100th Anniversary Chevy Corvette Z06 coupes announced last summer will not be part of the program -- they've already exited the fleets and are now for sale through the company's used car arm.

Regardless of which tier is chosen, Hertz My Car comes complete with insurance, roadside assist and all maintenance costs included, along with SiriusXM satellite radio service. Upon approval, a one-time enrollment fee of $250 applies.

Sadly, this is not part of Hertz's new subscription program.

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In regard to the insurance, Hertz provides a Loss Damage Waiver with a $1,000 deductible. The coverage itself includes up to $100,000 of coverage per person for bodily injury or death; up to $300,000 for each accident and up to $50,000 in property damage.

A Hertz spokesperson told Roadshow that there are six participating locations in Atlanta and five in Austin -- all are off-airport for the moment. Vehicles must be picked up and dropped off at these locations, but the vehicles themselves can be driven anywhere within the US (international travel is prohibited) with unlimited mileage. The spokesperson also noted, "there is no cap on the [program's] number of subscribers. We may refine the program from what we learn in Atlanta and Austin before rolling out to other markets."

While some, more expensive automaker-based subscription services allow for more frequent vehicle swapping as needs dictate (e.g. full-size sedan for workday use, convertible for weekend use, SUVs for family trips), Hertz My Car is limited to just two swaps per month. This could potentially limit the program's appeal, especially as a monthly outlay of $999 to $1,399 a month could easily pay for two vehicle leases in most markets. However, insurance costs vary, and there are other intangibles like the cost and convenience of parking multiple vehicles to consider, as well.