First Rental Walkthroughs for Renters & Owners

For Renters

Now that you’ve created your Vinty account, you’re ready to place your first rental! Here is a quick walkthrough of what steps to follow for your first rental.

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Communication.

The fastest and easiest way to confirm a car’s availability for your event or rental is to send a message to the owner through their Vinty profile or to place a booking request directly through the car listing.

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Placing the request.

When placing a request to book, make sure to include any information about your rental plan that has yet to be discussed with the car owner. For basics, you can start with the date, location, timeline, and the overall plan for the rental.

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Rental Time!

Now it’s the fun part! Whether you are driving the car, using the car for a photo shoot, or are being transported after the wedding ceremony – always abide by the car owner’s rules and guidelines.

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Post-Rental.

After the rental has been completed and the car is returned safe to the owner, make sure you mark the order “Completed” on the Vinty platform and leave a nice review for the owner!

For Owners

Now that you’ve created your Vinty account, listed your car, and added your payment information - you’re ready to accept your first rental! Here is a quick walkthrough of what steps to follow for your first rental.

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Communication.

Customers will send requests for your cars through two methods

1.) A direct message to your Vinty profile. The direct message to your Vinty profile will not expire but should be responded to within 24hrs of receiving the message.

2.) A booking request for a specific car. These messages are usually informational and are mainly used by customers to gain general information about car rentals, their availability, and any rental guidelines.

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Pre-Rental.

The booking request is a perishable message that will expire if not accepted within 72 hours. When receiving a booking request, it is best to reply as fast as possible to gain the necessary rental info needed to decide whether you can fulfill the rental. Once you have all the info you need, select the “Accept” button to secure the rental.

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Rental Execution.

Be sure to take note of all requests made by the customer, and blow them away with your service! It’s always a good gesture to show up 5-10 minutes early to your reservation.

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Post-Rental.

So, you’ve completed the rental and now it’s time for your payday! Woo!

Once the renter marks their transaction completed, payment will be sent directly to your bank account or Paypal account.

Give the renter a review to show other car owners that they are good customers for future rentals!

Unmistakeable Silhouettes: Top 10 Old-School Cars

10 of the Most Iconic Old-School Cars Ever Made

The motor vehicle has come a long way since the first ever model hit the streets back in the 1800s designed by German inventor, Karl Benz. 

For any car fanatic, there are probably a few iconic models that are undoubtedly etched in their brains, inspiring their fascination of the motor vehicle.

In general, the world has held a fascination with cars since they began rolling off the assembly line. What started out as oversized, grand designs are now honed for speed, safety, and convenience in today's motoring world. 

But there's just something about old school cars...whether it's their design, grandeur or reputation, here are 10 of the best for a trip down memory lane...

1. The Duesenberg Model J

Undoubtedly one of the oldest cars on this list, the Duesenberg was first produced in 1913 and was considered one of the first luxury cars of its time.

Based in Auburn, Indiana, the company produced these vehicles from 1913-1937. At the time, the Model J Duesenberg was considered one of the fastest cars on the road, able to reach over 135 miles per hour.

Due to this, the Duesenberg was, and still is, considered a technological marvel in motoring and still holds legendary status. 

2. The 1957 Corvette

No list of old school cars would be complete without a mention of the iconic Chevrolet, especially the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette. 

The 1957 Corvette was the first model of its kind to feature four-speed manual transmission as well as high-performance brakes and suspension. In fact, the Chevrolet Corvette is considered one of the most iconic sports cars ever to be made. 

The Corvette has been manufactured over 6 different generations and is sold all over the globe. Each generation of vehicle features its own set of unique features, making the Corvette an expansive and dynamic brand of car. 

3. The Shelby Cobra

The AC Cobra was first invented as a luxury sports car in Britain in the 1960s. But when American car racer, Carroll Shelby, requested a slight modification, thus the Shelby Cobra was born.

He requested that the AC Cobra be modified to race with a V8 engine. Along with the modified engine size came changes to the chassis and body to support a wider design that made the car more stable in turns and under acceleration. 

4. The Rolls Royce Phantom

The Rolls Royce Phantom was originally a replacement vehicle for the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. But with its incredible new design, beautiful new features, and much-improved engine, the Phantom took over as the ''car of the moment''. 

Produced in both America and the United Kingdom, the Phantom was considered a state-of-the-art vehicle for its time. 

5. The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado

This iconic Cadillac is well-known the world over. There is not a single old school car parade that wouldn't feature the Cadillac, most especially, the Eldorado. 

The Eldorado was featured in the Cadillac line from 1953-2002 and is the longest running manufactured car within the Cadillac line. While styles and mechanics have evolved over the years, the Eldorado has long been one of the most popular models ever produced by Cadillac. To this end, it's considered a true legend within the luxury car world. 

6. The Shelby Mustang Cobra

While everybody knows the iconic Ford Mustang, the Shelby Mustang Cobra is a high-performance variation of the iconic American sports car. 

The Shelby Mustang was manufactured from 1965-1970 and was originally meant to compete with the Shelby Corvette. The lesser know model never came to production, but undoubtedly would have become another widely celebrated classic sports car.

Both cars were notable at the time for their power, incredible mechanics, and sleek design.

7. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The Mercedes-Benz is probably one of the most widely known and widely driven cars of every generation since it was first manufactured. But originally, it was not intended for such mass popularity. 

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was first introduced to the public in 1954 as a two-seater, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. It was loosely based on the design of Mercedes-Benz's competition-only car of 1952. Later on, it was introduced as an open roadster. 

In the 1950s, the 300SL was considered the fastest road car of its day and quickly became very popular amongst sports car enthusiasts.  

8. The 1969 Chevelle

The Chevelle quickly became one of General Motor's most popular and successful models of car, produced from 1964-1977. 

What began as a mid-sized car quickly evolved into different models ranging from coupes to convertibles, and even family-sized cars. 

In 1969 the high-performance SuperSport Chevelle model was manufactured and soon became the car of the moment for speed demons!

9. The 1957 Ford Thunderbird

The introduction of the 1957 Ford Thunderbird paved the way for the market of personal luxury cars that we are now familiar with today.

Manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, this is one of the longest running models within the Ford range, manufactured for 50 years from 1955-2005.

Legend has it that the Thunderbird namesake was inspired by a mythological Native American creature that emphasized speed and power. 

10. The Porsche 911

What list of iconic old school cars would be complete without a mention of the Porsche 911? The 911 model was manufactured by Porsche AG of Germany and is well-known for its simplistic design.  The 911 has impressively been adapted for many purposes, including rallying and racing over time.

First introduced in 1963, the Porsche 911 has undergone continuous development over the years. Despite this, it has retained the original silhouette that made it famous.  

Looking For Legendary Wheels? 

Whether you're looking to hire, rent, or test drive your very own old school cars, Vinty has an option for you! 

Check out our entire collection of legendary vehicles for hire for all occasions!

Everything You Need to Know About Vintage Car Rental

With the cost of an average wedding climbing far beyond $25,000, it's vital for you to find ways to save money. If you're looking to hire a vintage car rental company for your wedding or your next big event, you need to learn about what that is going to cost you. On top of costs, you should look into what kind of value you can get for your money based on what car rental companies have to offer.

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Here are five things to know about vintage car rental.

1. Reputation Matters

When you're looking to rent out a vintage car, make sure the reputation of the person you're renting from is good. When you rent from someone, you want to know that you're getting value for your price. Some people charge exorbitant fees or put too many rules in the way for you to have fun.

Check out the company you're renting from in advance. Make sure to confirm that they'll have the car you're looking for on the date you're looking for. Some businesses have been known to bait and switch and you don't want that happening to you on your big day.

You can check out businesses on Yelp, Angie's List, or on the Better Business Bureau website. You want everything to check out and to know that the company you're renting from is on the up and up. You'll be able to get a clue as to how customers feel about their services with just a quick scan of the information.

2. Don't Wait Until the Last Minute

If you're about to rent a vintage car, it's probably for an event that you know about in advance. It's rare that someone rents a vintage car on a whim. If it's for a wedding, special event, or birthday party, make sure you book well in advance.

As with most things wedding related, you need to book the car a year in advance. While that might sound far fetched, many people pick popular times of year for weddings. Given that there are maybe 30 good weather weeks to go around in a year and far more people looking to get married, car demand might not keep up.

Call far in advance and confirm that the vehicle you need is going to be available. If they make you put down a down payment, make sure you get in writing that the car you're looking at will be there for you.

3. Look At The Condition

Before you sign anything with a vehicle, you need to do some cursory type of maintenance scan. You should look at the condition of your new vehicle, both inside and out. If there are parts that have been replaced or fixed on the exterior, see if they were replaced with something authentic or not.

If parts on the interior or the engine were replaced, look for proof that they're going to hold up. The last thing you need is for the car to fall apart on your big day or during your special event.

Looking at the condition of the vehicle shows the people you're renting it from that you take things seriously. It also gives them a metric for how you're going to treat this car, which might ease their mind about the rental. 

4. Build For Smaller Families

Most vintage cars don't have anywhere near the space that modern cars have. Most of the cars built before the 1950s had two seats located in the front and little to no backseat at all.

If you're looking to get one of these cars for driving your whole big family around, you're out of luck. These cars were designed for the bachelors of the town or city to show off around. They were made for just the driver and their date.

Plenty of vintage car companies don't actually let you drive the car. What you get for the price is a chauffeur who is happy to take you where you want to go. If this is okay with you, then your event or party should go off without a hitch.

5. Getting the Best Price

When renting a vintage car, you want to avoid any strange or hidden fees the renter might have for you. Ask for an "all-inclusive" quote on the price before you sign. This will give you an idea as the to tax price, the license fees, or any kind of charges they could ask.

They can request that you refill the gas up to the point they left the car at. If you don't, they will hit you up for gas at some ridiculous fee like $10 per hour. If this is peak season, you have to follow the rules so that you don't get left without a vehicle.

Ask about wedding packages too. You could end up getting the car for several hours for just a couple of hundred dollars. If you just need it for a photo shoot or to get from the chapel to the reception, then you're not going to pay too much.

Don't forget to tip either when you get yourself a driver. Drivers get around 15%-20% on top of what the company charged you for the rental. This addition ensures that the company and the driver are pleased with you.

Vintage Car Rental Is a Classy Way To Travel

Whether you're visiting a city for the first time or you're getting dressed up for an anniversary, vintage car rental gives you what you need. When you show up to your next major even in a vintage car, people are going to turn their heads and stare, in the best way possible.

If you want to throw your own vintage car party, check out our guide for more info.


The Top 4 Ways to Earn More Money with your Classic Car

We put together the top 4 ways to improve your car’s listing based on feedback we received from our top owners and also by reviewing our top-performing owners’ car listings.

By following these simple steps, you will increase your vehicle’s attractiveness and will gain more attention from potential renters.

We will be featuring monthly interviews with selected Vinty owners to share their tips and advice for improving their own earnings through Vinty. Send us an email at [email protected] to be featured!

1.) Staying Connected with Vinty

  • An incredibly important aspect of your experience with Vinty is staying connected to the marketplace. Make sure you are receiving emails from Vinty to receive notifications as soon as your car has a rental request or when a renter sends you a message.

  • If emails from Vinty are ending up in your spam folder, make sure to add [email protected] to your email contact list. This is the most common reason our owners aren’t receiving notifications from Vinty.

2.) Photos

  • Pictures of your car are a major component of your listing and are the first thing people see when viewing your car’s listing. It is imperative that you include high-quality pictures that clearly illustrate your car’s condition and body color.

  • Your pictures should make the car easily visible so make sure you have good lighting (mid-day is best) and stay away from filters or funky edits. Include pictures of the interior and any blemished areas of the car.

Great Photos

  • Notice how these pictures are taken during mid-day with great lighting and clearly show what the car looks like.

  • Each picture is properly framed and the car is not cropped out. Pictures are taken in a landscape format and not vertical, popular for cell phones.

Not-So-Great Photos

  • This is an unfortunate case where the listing includes a beautiful car (that is probably in better condition than the red Mustang above), but the car’s perceived value or attractiveness may be hindered by sub-par photos.

  • The car is not framed properly or shown in dark lighting, so the viewer is not able to see the car as it would look in real life.

3.) Pricing

  • Choosing your own price on Vinty gives you the freedom to price your car equal to YOUR perceived value of the car. This ability also gives you an opportunity to learn a quick lesson in Supply and Demand.

  • When first listing your car, look to see if there are any similar models already listed on Vinty and use their price as a baseline. If you have a great listing but aren’t getting any requests for your car, you may want to lower the price. If you are receiving more requests than you can accommodate, it may be time to raise your price.

4.) Description

  • Including a detailed description of your car and services will help potential renters decide if it is the right fit for their event and will also answer most of their questions before they even message you.

  • Include details like: free delivery range, mileage restrictions, any other fees that are associated with your rental, functioning/non-functioning parts, etc.

  • Tell us what makes your car unique! This isn’t a modern Accord or Corolla, your car has a story and this is what our renters are looking for! Maybe it was a Father/Son restoration project, a family heirloom, or maybe even a dream car that you still work hard to keep in great condition.

What does the result of a Vinty rental look like?

  • Vinty rentals are used in industries like Advertising, Weddings, Fashion, Tourism, and many others.

  • We regularly post footage of our rentals on our social media outlets and we love to promote our owner’s cars so let us know if you would like to have your car featured!

  • Make sure to follow us at @drivevinty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to see if your car has been posted!

To learn even more about listing your classic car on Vinty, take a look at our tutorial videos by following the button below.


We hope these tips will help improve your earnings with Vinty and if you have any questions or just want to have a quick conversation, feel free to email us at [email protected] or give us a call at +1 (800) 906-6907.

See you on the road!

-The Vinty Team