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porsche drive program in Quebec

porsche drive program in Quebec

  • The Porsche Drive program, already offered in Toronto, Vancouver and Kelowna, is now available in Montreal. We tried it.
  • For those who will never be able to afford a Porsche vehicle, the program allows them to drive one.
  • Rentals can be for a day, a weekend or a few months.

On the market, several models make you dream. For some, it could be a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. For others, it may take the form of an Audi or a BMW. For a very large number of enthusiasts, however, the ultimate dream is to own a Porsche.

There is something mythical about a model from this company and the thing is easy to understand. In fact, you take it all in when you get behind the wheel. The driving experience on offer is simply unmatched across the industry.

A Porsche is unique, but it’s also expensive. Even on the used market. The demand and the interest are such that even in this market, the prices are very salty. And again, some models increase in value over the long term.

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Porsche driving experience in Canada

Porsche driving experience in Canada

What is this program?
Porsche has a solution for motorists, a program that allows everyone to live the experience of owning a vehicle from the brand, according to their budget. The latter, which was born in Atlanta in 2017, has recently been introduced in Montreal, so that a fourth territory across Canada offers it after Toronto (since 2019), in Ontario, as well as Vancouver and Kelowna (2021 ), in British Columbia.

Recently, at the invitation of the company, we experienced this program which borrows the name Porsche Drive.

Beyond the pleasure related to b of two models (a Boxster GTS as well as a 911 in our case), it was interesting to discover how the program worked and what the terms and conditions were.

Porsche convertible to experience

Porsche convertible to experience

Two programs, in fact
You have to understand that Porsche offers two very distinct programs. One takes the form of a subscription (one or three months), the other a shorter-term rental (one day, one weekend, one week). The goal is to provide flexibility to consumers whether they are new to the brand or not.

Eligibility requirement
To get behind the wheel of a Porsche vehicle, all you have to do is register for one or the other of the programs by visiting the website. (https://www.porsche.com/canada/en/accessoriesandservice/porschedrive/rental/).

The criteria to be respected differ slightly from one to the other, in particular with regard to insurance; they are provided when you join the Subscription program, but they must be provided when you go there for the Rental program.

In the latter case, you must also prove that you are a serious driver, in particular by providing your driving record, which you can easily obtain (free of charge) from the SAAQ, as well as your proof of insurance. The terms and conditions are very well explained on the site, as are the steps to follow. A frequently asked questions section answers even the most curious questions.

Porsche drive program with accompaniment

Porsche drive program with accompaniment

The costs
Speaking of questions, the one you’ve probably been wondering about all along has to do with costs. Let’s see some examples.

In the case of the Subscription program, we are talking about an all-inclusive service (insurance, maintenance, etc.). You have the choice between selecting a single vehicle for a period of 30 or 90 days, or access to all vehicles for the same periods.

In the first case, a subscription fee of $750 is required if you opt for a 30-day plan, but not if you go for 90 days. The price of monthly rental varies depending on the model you choose. With the Macan SUV, for example, we’re talking about $2,650. A Boxster will relieve you of $3150, a 911 of $3950, a Taycan of $4200.

Porsche Caytan driving experience

Porsche Caytan driving experience

And if your fantasy is to change vehicles as often as you want (depending on availability), you can go for the multi-vehicle package. There the monthly fee is $4500 no matter what you book.

In any case, you are allocated 2500 km per month. Be careful, we will charge $1 for each excess kilometer; take note of your movements.

As for the Rental program, it also gives you access to a host of models. Two rate schedules are in effect, that for rentals of 1 to 3 days, and that for loans of 4 days or more. In any case, you are entitled to 400 km per day.

For prices, it varies according to the type of model and the length of the rental period. Take the example of the Macan. It will cost you $319 per day if you borrow it for less than 3 days, $279 per day for 4 or more. With a Boxster, we’re talking about prices of $349 and $309 respectively. A 911? $539 and $469, respectively.

Live the high speed experience

Live the high speed experience

Caretaker
Once your application for membership in a program has been accepted, a concierge will contact you to coordinate all matters relating to vehicle reservations and deliveries. If you live within a radius of 50 km from the service area (Brossard in the case of Montreal), delivery will be made to your home.

Otherwise, you can go to the dealership to take possession of your model. Gas charges are the customer’s responsibility, please note.

2022 Porsche Carrera 4 GTS Convertible

2022 Porsche Carrera 4 GTS Convertible

The vehicles
And what vehicles do we have access to? It would be futile to describe them here, because the range can vary at any time, but roughly speaking, all the products of the family are accessible. Some more limited or exclusive versions are not, that is. In all, it’s about thirty models from which you can choose.

Obviously, the earlier you book, the more you can get your hands on the desired vehicle. And the popularity of the program makes it better to act sooner than later.

This is particularly the case if you want to drive with a 911 for a weekend, for example. Porsche confirmed to us that the “weekend” formula was the most popular, but some people are content with a one-day rental or even push it to a full week. In the case of the Subscription program, most customers go there for several months, in some an entire summer.

Yes, the bill can add up quickly, but when you think about it, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the experience of owning a Porsche model, especially if you don’t want to go there for a purchase or a rental, whatever the reason. And if, on the other hand, you are thinking of acquiring a model, what better than to test it over a period of a few days in order to validate your choice.

And for some, who may never have the means to acquire a luxury vehicle, this is an opportunity to make a dream come true. And what a gift idea, too, for a loved one who won’t soon forget their experience!

In short, here is an original idea that it would be interesting to see elsewhere, too. Who knows, other manufacturers may follow suit, given the success of the program.

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2022 Porsche Boxster GTS logo

2022 Porsche Boxster GTS logo



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