Sometimes it’s just not feasible to own a car – maybe you’re renting and don’t have a car space, or you live in the inner city and can simply walk to work.
If you’re one of those people who like to rent a car every now and then, you’ll like this news: Maven, Holden’s rental car service, has now opened up their rental cars to the general public. Previously, this service was only available to drivers working in the “gig” economy such as Uber and food delivery drivers.
What this means is you can rent a Holden car directly from Maven without having to go through the hassle of paying for insurance & rego or worry about servicing & breakdowns.
However, there are some stipulations: you will need to rent the car for a minimum of 28 days for your first rental, and any subsequent rentals will need to be booked for 7-day blocks. This means that this service is best for those who prefer to rent cars for weeks at a time, so if you’re in need of a car for a couple of days, you’re better off renting from a different company.
With Maven, you’ll have the option of renting a:
- Holden Trax ($225 per week)
- Holden Equinox ($250 per week)
- Holden Calais ($265 per week)
- Holden Trailblazer ($300 per week)
- Holden Colorado LTZ ($300 per week)
- Holden Acadia ($330 per week)
You’ll also have the option of switching between cars as long as you give 7 days’ notice – so if you feel like taking a Holden Colorado for a week-long off-road trek but prefer to drive a Holden Calais day to day, you can easily do a drop off/pick up at the nearest hub.
With Maven, you’ll get the benefits of unlimited kilometres and 24/7 roadside assistance, but you’ll still need to pay an excess for insurance claims: $1000 for drivers over 25, and $1500 for drivers 25 and younger. You’ll also need to be 21+ with a valid full driver’s license to use the service.
Not surprisingly, most of Maven’s reservations have been made by millennials who prefer to forgo the hassles and costs of owning a car. As more and more sharing options pop up, we’ll probably see a greater interest in similar services from the public.
Unfortunately, the service is only available in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Perth right now, but it's highly likely we'll see it expand to regional centres as well as NT and TAS in the near future.