Terrific Tesla Turo Trip – say that 5 times fast

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Terrific Tesla Turo Trip

I’ve used Turo many times in Los Angeles and have found prices and car availability/variety to be superior to renting through National/Hertz/Enterprise on many occasion.  Rental car prices still ridiculously high and one of the best features is the ability to try out a car for a few days that you may be interested in purchasing. On our recent quick dip into LA we decided to rent the Tesla Y as well as take advantage of the free pick up feature at LAX.

Economy cards were renting for about $85 at car rental agencies, midsize cards were low $100s and our 2021 Tesla Y ended up being about $130 a day before fees. You can find them even cheaper if you book further in advance, but this was a very last minute trip. The Tesla premium was something we were definitely willing to pay especially when you compare it to what Hertz charges for their Tesla fleet.

LAX curbside pick up

I have to say…the experience was seamless.

We shot our host a text as soon as we were off the plane and he was pulling up right as we exited the terminal. The car was there, we did a quick inspection, and voila we were off and driving. The whole exchange, at the Uber pickup spot, took but a few minutes.

The hotel we stayed at, The Shay, also provided free Tesla charging meaning we didn’t have to pay for any charges, and would have easily used a full tank of gas during our stay had it not been electric. With gas prices at $5 to $6 a gallon in LA right now, I’d say we saved a $100 on gas alone.

On the return we met him curbside at our departure terminal where we did a quick inspection again and that was it. No shuttles, etc.


  • Easy Pick up and Drop off at the terminal
  • Wide variety of vehicles


  • Credit cards primary vehicle insurance won’t cover damage so you’ll need to get supplemental
  • Additional driver fees


We had an excellent host that was accessible for any questions we may have on the vehicle and was prompt and easy to work with. I’m not quite sure what I think of driving the Y just yet and we’re really happy to have rented the car before a potential purchase. I’ve rented from Turo many time and will continue to do so especially if free pick up is included.

I’m obsessed with cars, and most anyone who has a Tesla says there is no way they’ll ever go back. After driving this one for several days I missed the bells and whistles that are non-existent on the Tesla. Not to say the Tesla isn’t chock full of its own gadgets, cause they are immense, but it’s a completely different driving experience. Most notably, you almost never have to brake since the car automatically applies brakes if you aren’t actively pushing down the accelerator, or just begin to release it.

I’m all about pursuing an electric vehicle, but I’d also love to try out the new bmw i4m50 and see how it drives as a comparison.

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80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

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Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
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  • Colt May 5, 2022

    Not to be pedantic, but the Tesla is not applying the brakes when you let off the accelerator. What’s actually happening is regenerative braking from the electric motor helping to recharge the battery. It was one of the early EV innovations that allowed for much greater efficiency/range. Instead of wasting that forward motion/kinetic energy in the form of heat from the brakes, it’s put back into the battery for future use.

    • Miles May 6, 2022

      That’s really interesting!

  • Points1 April 30, 2022

    Generally, your own auto insurance will not cover a car share while it will cover a rental. There are other concerns as well which I do not recall right now. There was a recent article on the differences.

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