No. Exotic Car Share is more unique & provides
a more complete experience than renting or other schemes like
point-based clubs that require big upfront investments with
no guarantee the vehicle you're interested in will be available
when you want it.
Our members have access to a collection of well
maintained, mint condition, exotic, classic and rare cars-
- -for Week or Weekend use, and can be reserved up to three
months in advance! We provide a one-hour orientation of the
vehicle, so that the member is truly familiar with the car,
all its features, all its nuances, and all its risks. Our
mission is to enable members of Exotic Car Share to truly
experience the exotic cars of their choice to their fullest,
...as if the member owned the vehicle themselves full time.
None of this lends itself to a quick one day
usage or to a rental approach. Our experience has shown that
when a member really gets to know a specific car, the end
result is a more enjoyable experience for the member as well
as a better maintained car for the rest of the membership
to enjoy. As a result, the shortest sign-out period for members
to drive vehicles from the Exotic Car Share Collection is
a three-day weekend.
In addition to weekend and week-long exotic
car usage, we offer a unique alternative to buying and maintaining
an expensive and finicky exotic: fractional ownership. This
allows a one-fifth shareholder to drive a super car like the
Bentley Continental GT or Ferrari 360 Spider for 8 weeks per
year for a fraction of the cost of full ownership. See our
time ownership/fractional ownership pages at our sister company,
For $250, your 5 year membership entitles you
(and a family member) to reserve and drive any of the cars
in the Exotic Car Share collection for weeks or weekends.
- All Vehicle Sign-outs provide a 500 mile allowance per usage, to be used within the four state area of IL, IN, MI, WI.
- Supplemental insurance is covered - no insurance
- Full Tank of fuel, courtesy of Exotic Car Share, you can bring the vehicle back empty
- One-hour orientation per vehicle to familiarize
the member(s) with all the details of that car
- 2 to 4 page guideline booklet
- 24-hour pager # for roadside assistance during
your exotic-car week or weekend experience
- Loaner video on the marquee and car history
of the vehicle you'll be using
- Free inside storage of your regular-car during
your week or weekend exotic car experience
- Ability to earn points toward future exotic
- Full collection of over a dozen exotic and
rare classic cars, many not available for occasional use
- Guarantee that our vehicles are only in the
Our thorough member screening, which is completed
upfront, ensures that only responsible members with a reasonable
driving history and an interest in classic/exotic cars are
using the vehicles in the collection. This helps increase
the likelihood that when you want to sign out a specific car,
it'll be in perfect shape for your week or weekend.
Once you've scheduled an automobile, we'll begin
to prepare the vehicle for your week or weekend. When you
come in to pick up your car, we'll have your guideline booklet
created, as well as videos on the history of the car and the
marquee, which we'll lend to you for the time period that
you have the car. You may leave your own vehicle at Exotic Car Share if you like and we'll store it for you at no charge,
generally indoors - if requested. We can detail your daily
car while you use the classic, if you wish.
We'll provide you with a one-hour orientation
with your exotic or classic car, provide you with an emergency
tool kit, owners manual, guidelines for use of the car, and
any special additives the car requires, such as lead substitute
on pre-'74 vehicles....all in a canvas accessory bag on loan
to you for the duration of your exotic car adventure. The
guidelines booklet and the experience are yours to keep.
The member need only show proof of insurance
(their regular existing policy) at the time of vehicle sign-out,
and that insurance is considered primary. When the member's
insurance protection has reached its limits, our umbrella
insurance policy kicks in. Our umbrella policy fills the gap
between our member's insurance and any claims----and is included
in your Exotic Car Share vehicle usage fees.
There are no hidden insurance fees or additional
policies that the member needs to buy. The exception would
be if your insurance policy were for some reason not transferable.
Contact our 24 hour toll-free number and give
us a number to reach you. We'll send someone out to where
you're at immediately (assuming you're within a 60 mile radius).
At that point we'll provide you with a reasonable replacement
vehicle (ie: from the same class of car, if possible), and
rescue the car to take it in for repairs.
At Exotic Car Share we maintain each car following
each member usage. This includes detailing and any mechanical
adjustments necessary, as well as topping off or replacing
fluids, tire pressure, and confirming ignition settings. We
use reputable service firms such as Ed's Automotive in Rolling
Meadows, Illinois, Expert-Auto in Palatine, Illinois, Carnica
for any necessary paint touch up work, and numerous other
reputable service firms.
Our goal is your long-term satisfaction with
Exotic Car Share membership, and we will do everything possible
to see that you get the maximum enjoyment from your Exotic Car Share experience.
We virtually never fail to have a vehicle ready
for signing out at the time requested by a member. Should
the unfortunate scenario occur that a car is not in perfect
condition and ready in time for your reservation, we will
offer you a same-value or higher-value exotic in exchange,
or if you prefer -- a rescheduled date, or a refund of any
& all deposits or usage-fees that you paid in advance.
To hold a reservation, we ask each member for
a deposit of 50% of the total usage cost. In the event you
need to cancel your reservation, just give us a call. If it's
more than 3 days from the reservation date, we'll make every
effort to accommodate.
Because we guarantee your reservation, if it's necessary for you
to cancel 3 days or less prior to your usage, we'll charge
a cancellation fee of 50% of the total usage cost. If you
need to cancel 24 hours before your usage, we'll charge a
cancellation fee of 75% of the total usage cost. For Award
Winners, Raffle Winners & Charity Benefit Reservations,
cancellations within three-days of the reservation will be
assessed a rescheduling fee.
If your week or weekend has predominantly had
very poor or severe weather, depending on the circumstances,
we'll provide you with a rain check certificate worth an extra
day on a future reservation.
We began this policy over seven years ago, and
are happy to do it as a way of ensuring that all members'
experiences at Exotic Car Share are positive ones.
Yes, and you'll have both in the glove-box.
The insurance card for the Exotic Car Share umbrella insurance
policy is laminated and placed in the glove compartment.
The Exotic Car Share member sign-out agreement
functions like a car rental contract and proves that you temporarily
own the vehicle.
Most of the time, if a police officer stops
one of the e.c.s. vehicles, it's to take a closer look at
a car that they rarely get a chance to see. And, of course,
driving safely is the best way to avoid any issues.
Chicago isn't exactly hopping with exotic car
rental places, and generally, our fees are a bit lower than
what exotic car rental companies charge to use vehicles similar
to the ones in the ECS member collection in cities like Boston,
Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami.
The big difference is that since we don't rent
vehicles we don't charge add-ons like fuel at exorbitant prices
for refueling, and we don't charge for extra insurance policies
that can add up to some significant coin, especially for exotic
and classic vehicles.
In addition, we provide a full tank of gas,
courtesy of Exotic Car Share... return the car full or return
the car empty---it doesn't matter. Also, supplemental insurance
is included in the usage fees and is automatic. No surprises.
Sure- we prefer the vehicle be used for highway
driving. Not only is the enjoyment of an exotic car best out
on the open road, but also cars last longer on the open road
than when subjected to city traffic, stop & go driving,
potholes and the like. We'll need to add a flat-fee for usage
beyond the Midwest, depending on the circumstances. Within the Midwest (Chicago land & immediate surrounding states) we provide a 500 mile allowance per usage. We simply ask that you let
us know (just a voice mail message will do) if your plans
take you more than 60 miles outside our area (a map, with
a marked 60 mile radius, is included in the member guidebook).
Each car is equipped with both a Lojak car locator
system and a GPS unit that warns us, on-line, if the vehicle
travels outside the pre-set area or is tampered with. This
gives you the peace of mind of knowing that in case of theft,
the car will be located and recovered quickly.
We ask that, if possible, you garage the car
at night, and if you must valet park, give the valet an extra
tip in advance to let you park it yourself right in front...it'll
make their establishment look more exotic, it will probably
increase their business, and it'll also ensure that they keep
an eye on your car all night.
The upfront purchase price of an exotic can
be quite large and that's only a small part of the cost of
ownership of an exotic car. Luxury taxes, upkeep, standard
maintenance, repairs, storage, extra insurance, depreciation,
the cost of money on the upfront cash outlay, and all the
licensing and tag fees add up to a much greater cost than
many people think.
On the other hand, when you invest in a fractional
ownership share through our sister company Curvy Road, you
own the rights to a portion of the exotic car of your choice
without all the extreme, ongoing costs.
Many exotic car owners actually own multiple
cars. Which means that feasibly they can only drive each car
for a limited time each year. So, why pay for a full car when
you're realistically only going to be able to drive it a portion
of the time?? ----all the while watching the car depreciate
in value and continue to require repairs and maintenance.
Fractional ownership makes financial sense for
many, gives you much greater flexibility, and increases your
enjoyment of the cars you've wanted to drive for years but
can't justify purchasing outright. Many people have taken
advantage of fractional ownership of jets, yachts & condos
to their advantage. Now through our sister division, Curvy
Road, exotic car fractional ownerships are starting
to change the landscape.
We can help you learn more about the benefits of fractional
ownership, the process and how it can individually work for
Here for information from our sister division,