Let’s face it: with COVID-19 having taken center stage the past year and a half, times have been tough. Most of us have been cooped up in the house. Fear is running rampant, and with good cause.
However, we are slowly turning a corner; things are starting to open back up again. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel: summer is fast approaching.
People who have experienced financial hardships are turning to other creative ways to make money to supplement their income.
If you own a classic vehicle or any vehicle that is 25 years or older this blog is for you. Now I must admit I was rather hesitant to write anything on this matter.
I’ve seen first-hand cars that have been damaged after the director allowed the principal actor to take the car for a leisurely stroll.
I’ve heard horror stories about how the production company lied about having the proper insurance to cover the 2-inch-wide scratch that ran the length of a 1958 Lincoln.
Fortunately, times have changed. I recently had a conversation with a past client who had his 1954 Plymouth Savoy used in a Movie and what a positive experience he had.
Classic Car Rental Services
These days there are several websites where you can register your vehicle to be rented out for movies, TV shows, commercials, photoshoots, and special events:
Also, a lot of people are turning to other avenues to list their classic for rent i.e. weddings, proms, promotional events, etc.
In order to ensure that you have a pleasant experience with renting out your classic, I’ve written some simple guidelines to keep in mind before, during, and after your vehicle has been rented.
Check In With Your Insurance Provider
Check in with your insurance provider and let them know that you plan on allowing your classic car to be used for movies, tv shows, or special events.
Take extensive photos of your vehicle before you rent it out. I had a client go so far as printing the photos and have the production company sign them to understand that the vehicle was in good condition before the event.
Review The Renter’s Policies
When your vehicle does “get hired”, make sure you check over the production companies’ insurance policy.
Keep An Eye Out
When your vehicle arrives on set, keep a close eye at all times on your vehicle. If the production team wants a shot of the vehicle moving, you would want to be the sole driver at all times.
You Call The Shots
Remember: it’s your vehicle, and you set the terms of the agreement. If the production company decides they want to remove the trunk lid to capture a better overall shot of the principals, they will have to pay extra, etc.
Wrapping Things Up
In conclusion – it’s all about having fun while making some extra cash. You’ll get a chance to talk shop with other classic car enthusiasts; find out the best spots for maintenance, parts location, and restoration needs.
You’ll also get to meet amazing talented individuals, and come away with a sense of pride knowing that at the end of the day it was a win/win situation for yourself and others.