The 5 Worst Hire Cars in the World

We at PB Supercars offer a high standard of car hire, however with other organisations this might not always be the case. Indeed, there might not always be a super car for hire at all. We thought it might be interesting to speculate on the worst possible hire cars, so here goes:

Peel P50

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Famous really for nothing other than being small, the Peel P50 would present a couple of issues if you were collect this from a car rental firm. First of all, most of us are probably familiar with the unfortunate fact that many sub-standard car rental companies own and use overcrowded garages. With this in mind, imagine negotiating one of these cramped spaces without a reverse gear. With an engine that would often be only around 49cc, you might just be best opting for a bicycle to save time…

Hummer H3

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Once a symbol of off-road excellence the Hummer H3 is probably best left at that. Whilst there might be ample room for luggage, it’s surely liable to drink fuel like it’s going out of fashion and you’d constantly appear as if you were a chauffeur delivering a group of teenagers to their prom night, not ideal.

Smart ForTwo Cabrio

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Whilst the size of Smart car is a well-documented bonus and issue, depending who you speak to, the ‘Cabrio’ version offers a new problem. Fot those who believe that bigger actually is better, this might not be the right choice… Roaming around with the roof around, boxed in this compact delight might not help that large ego.

Volkswagen Touran

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A pretty box-standard family car, and VW might be a surprise on this list, being a flagship for German engineering. Unfortunately, the Touran disgraces that name with an average 46% of them breaking down on UK roads annually. Reportedly the axle and suspension systems on the Touran are notorious for causing issues, it’s probably wise to steer clear if you’re offered one of these at the rental desk.

Shelby Mustang GT500

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Now many of us might be pretty pleased if we were handed the keys to one of these, I wouldn’t grin too soon though, nor would you be smiling when you’re at the fuel station down the road. This great beast of burden only has a 50 litre fuel tank, not great if you’re tearing about with a 5.4 litre V8 engine on the go.

How Much Does Your Supercar Deteriorate in Value Over Time?

How much is my car worth? Car valuations at PBHow much is my car worth?” has to be one of the most asked questions by motoring enthusiast, or by anyone who wants to earn some quick cash. Many factors affect the value of any car, but some are more specific and relevant to supercars, and also might help you make an investment.

 

Numbers

Obviously this whole question is centred on numbers but one key issue is, how many of them were produced? A car such as the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione would be a good example of a sound investment I this sense. When these were first produced they had a price tag of around £110,000, but there were only 500 produced. This limited availability means that as the years go by, exclusivity will rise. Even now you might expect to get £139,000, that’s a profit of just over 26%!

Mileage

This is a classic concern for anyone looking to sell their car, not particularly in the case if a supercar. Naturally, if you have been using your McLaren MP4-12C to pop out for a pint of milk then this will apply to you but otherwise it’s largely irrelevant. Supercars are generally a luxury and not a car for everyday use unlike your Picasso, let that rack up the mileage instead.

Condition

This almost goes without saying but if you take the case of a model such as the Lamborghini Countach you might be surprised to hear that it’s becoming harder to find one in good condition, probably because a couple of them were crashed by Jordan Belfort, maybe? A sound investment of £90,000 could see you shoot into profit potentially.

Like anything, if you let it go to waste then it will be just that, waste. A supercar requires attention and care. So, if you are hoping to make it last then make sure you aren’t casting it aside, especially if you want to be making profits similar to the likes of Chris Evans who seems to have a keen eye for a supercar investment.

Contact PB Supercars today for a car valuation or information about our car purchasing scheme.

LAST MINUTE DEALS THIS WEEKEND……..

LAST MINUTE DEALS THIS WEEKEND……..

This weekend (Fri 26th August) we have just 1 car left ready to go from 12pm Fri 26th August to 2pm Mon as follows:

-Bentley GTC Cabriolet Auto in Black £800 inc vat Pictures

Minimum Driver age is 25

300 miles inc with excess miles at £1 per mile.

Deposit is £5k but can be reduced to £1.5k by paying the waiver reduction fee of £300.

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The 5 Worst Wedding Cars

Often on someone’s big day the first thing the guests see is the Wedding Car, some guests might even go as far to say it’s the most important part of the day… With this in mind, it’s surely important to get it right. Sadly, some people don’t get it right and we think we’ve found the 5 worst possible Wedding Car ideas and suggestions around:

Fiat 500 

People say that size doesn’t matter with a car all the time, and they’re right in most cases, a nifty little car can pack a good punch. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean the same sentiment applies to wedding car hire. It’s all very well and good being compact, but issues may arise if it’s just that bit too compact to fit the brides dress into.

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Caterham R300

No one can deny that the the Catherham does what it says on the tin, it’s great for a track day, but probably not the most suitable car for your wedding day. With the absence of a windscreen or roof, but an average 0-60 mph of 3.1 seconds, it’s likely the bride will lose her bouquet before she has chance to throw it if she’s arriving to the church in this. Indeed the same could be said for the grooms top-hat.

Caterham R300. Wedding car hire at PB Supercars

VW Camper van

A hero of popular culture, there’s many people who would love their own VW camper, however many wouldn’t care for it on their special day perhaps. Saying that though this might be a shrewd maneuver when it comes wedding car hire to cut down on the costs of the honeymoon afterwards, it could mean two for the price of one!

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Reliant Robin

The Robin is impractical for many purposes and occasions, a wedding must surely be high on that list. Having only three wheels the potential instability could pose issues if there’s a big dress involved, and there would always be the thought that a Reliant Robin, of all cars, would be on your wedding photos… Doesn’t sound very fairy tale does it?

Reliant Robin. Hire a better wedding car at PB Supercars

Delorean DMC-12

Many people say they wish they could go back in time after their wedding day, unfortunately for some it’s only in fiction that this car would allow you to do such a thing. Not only might you be let down by that misunderstanding, you might also look a bit daft getting out of the famous winged doors in your morning suit.

Delorean DMC12 - Rent a wedding car at PB Supercars

Quirky Wedding Cars

Your wedding car is a statement, it needs to show your personality as well as allowing you to arrive in style on your big day.

Whilst it’s traditional for the bride to be driven in a car to the wedding venue and then the newlyweds to be driven to the reception, there’s no reason why the groom shouldn’t arrive in style either.

There are plenty of quirky wedding car ideas that range from the classy to the ridiculous, below is our top 5 quirky wedding car ideas.

If none of these take your fancy, you can hire a wedding car from PB Supercars to keep the prestige in your arrival.

American Classic

Synonymous with Miami Beach and gaudiness, with huge wings and outrageous colours. These cars are perfect for adding a great big dollop of personality to your arrival.

Usually a Cadillac or a Chevrolet, these massive cars will have plenty of room for your dress to fit, not to mention your bridesmaids, Dad, flowers, flower girls, paige boys and kitchen sink.

British Classic

These cars conjur up images of goggles, white scarves blowing in the wind and leather driving gloves, but a classic English car like the Beauford Tourer is perfect for an elegant country wedding.

They also look great in pictures on the grounds, where you can pretend to be Lord or Lady of the Manor with your new spouse – at least for the day.

Vintage Emergency Service Vehicles

If you or your partner enjoys a touch of the dramatic, maybe you’ve never missed an episode of Casualty or you’re a genuine Doctor/Police Officer, these are the perfect vehicles to arrive in.

You don’t need to come blaring up to the venue with blues and sirens blaring, but these vehicles are unusual enough to turn heads whilst being a great talking point for the rest of the day.

A bus

Yeah that’s right, a bus. But not just any bus – there are plenty of options to hire a vintage bus for your wedding party, which has the added bonus of getting the entire bridal party to the venue at the same time as well as transferring the bride, groom and the rest of the wedding party to the reception.

If you want some privacy as a newlywed couple in the journey to the reception, this probably isn’t the option for you. Unless you bagsy the top of the double decker as your area and let everyone else squash in downstairs. Ding!

TV/Movie Theme

Are you both TV nuts? Are weekend-long Netflix marathons a thing in your house? Then maybe choose a classic car from popular culture to hire to take you to get hitched.

Everything from the General Lee of Dukes of Hazzard fame to the yellow reliant robin from Only Fools and Horses is available to rent to wedding parties these days. And they’re guaranteed to cause a stir!

Are Electric Supercars the Future?

Supercars are synonymous with speed, it’s why we love them so much. But they’re also known for their pollution and poor fuel economy, making them the toys of the rich and famous that are more for show rather than a trip to Asda.

Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid Supercar. Hire a Supercar at PB Supercars

Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid Supercar

The rise of the electric car continues to gather momentum, with many companies like Nissan and Toyota now producing many hybrid or fully electric cars at reasonable prices: but is there a place in the auto-electric world for the supercar?

In short – yes.

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Top 5 Supercar Maintenance Tips

Owning a supercar is nothing like owning a normal car, and if you’re lucky enough to drive something like a Lamborghini Gallardo then you’ll want to do everything that you can to take good care of it and preserve its value. Here are our top 5 supercar maintenance tips to help you look after your pride and joy.

Lamborghini Gallardo hire at PB Supercars

1. Keep your supercar clean

Face it, your supercar is going to attract attention, so you may as well make sure that it looks its best at all times. But keeping your supercar clean isn’t just about the aesthetics: it also helps protect the finish from damage caused by dirt and grit from the road.

Unless you have a Range Rover or other off-roading 4×4, the first thing you can do to keep your car clean is minimise how dirty it gets by avoiding driving it in adverse weather conditions. When it comes to cleaning your supercar steer away from automatic car washes. Instead, have your supercar valeted by a company who you can trust to take the same level of care that you would or take the time to clean your supercar yourself.

2. Know the service schedule

Your supercar will come with a service schedule, but it’s up to you to keep an eye on the trip meter and take the car in to the garage when the time comes. Scheduled services can range from an oil change to a complete engine re-fit, and are never particularly cheap. Servicing a supercar requires specialist tools so make sure that you always use an approved and trustworthy mechanic.

Tyres are one of the biggest costs your will occur in maintaining a supercar. Not only do they wear out quickly, but replacements can be very costly. Check the condition of your tyres regularly and avoid the temptation to carry on running a set of tyres after they are due to be replaced.

3. Keep a detailed paper-trail

Make sure that you keep a detailed paper-trail of any and all work that you have done on your supercar, as if you ever wish to sell your vehicle having a complete set of paperwork will help you get the full value of your car. Second hand car buyers will want to know the history of the vehicle so that they can make sure that it has been well looked after.

4. Drive your supercar regularly

Supercars like the Lamborghini Gallardo or Lamborghini Huracan are works of art, but they’re designed to be driven, not just looked at. Leaving a supercar in a garage for long periods of time is a recipe for high maintenance costs and the disappointment of having it not start up when you finally decide to take it for a spin.

Not only will the battery in your supercar go flat if you don’t drive it for an extended period of time but the fuel, oil, and lubricants in the engine can start to degrade. If you are not able to drive your supercar for a little while, if the weather is too poor for example, make sure that you at least turn the engine over from time to time.

5. Rent a supercar instead!

Owning a supercar is everyone’s dream come true, but can be extremely stressful and extremely expensive. Renting a supercar is a great way to get all the benefits of driving a supercar without the hassle of actually owning one. Not only that, but you can hire the supercar of your dreams, say, a Lamborghini Huracan, for a fraction of the price that it would cost you to buy and maintain one.