Supercar owners put vehicles up for hire

Frank Macavennie joins models at Dundas Castle for the launch of the supercars serivce. Picture: Scott Taylor

Frank Macavennie joins models at Dundas Castle for the launch of the supercars serivce. Picture: Scott Taylor

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WHAT do you do if you’ve got an Aston Martin sitting in your garage gathering dust? Well one enterprising city company has the answer.

Pixo Mondial has amassed the largest collection of supercars in Scotland at a cost of £3.5 million, with up to 15 per cent of the stock being sourced from Capital car fans.

Businessman Amar Sharif is hoping the lure of supercar escapism in the current economic downturn will see petrolheads beating down his garage door.

He said: “We have a number of vehicles supplied by car owners from Edinburgh. We then rent them out and the owner gets a percentage of the fee which they can then put towards its maintenance and storage. It’s a lot better than the car just sitting there costing money for its owner.”

The firm, based on 
Corstorphine Road, has 48 supercars in its collection, although anyone wanting to take one for a spin will need a driving licence, five years’ experience and a sizeable deposit.

The chance to ease behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 will cost £299 for three days, while those with a little more spare cash can take out a Ferrari 430 – at £899 a day.

Mr Sharif said: “We have noticed that more and more people are coming to us asking for hires at the higher end of the market.

“Car rental is incredibly popular at the moment because people are realising that hiring is a more cost-effective way to run a vehicle.

“We cater for a range of people – those who are in town and fancy a luxury car to drive about in, to those who have a lifelong dream to drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini.”

He added: “Edinburgh has a lot of high net individuals and we are receiving more and more requests for our cars.”

Pixo Mondial launched its new supercar line featuring Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Mercedes, Bentleys and Porsches at a VIP-filled bash at Dundas Castle, South Queensferry 
yesterday.

In attendance were Hibs and Hearts players, football hero Frank McAvennie and the original Stig – Perry McCarthy from the popular BBC show Top Gear.

McAvennie said: “I’ve always loved cars. I passed my driving test at 18 but it wasn’t until I played with St Mirren that I got my first car – a Capri that looked like a soft top.”

Former F1 driver Perry McCarthy said: “Times may be tight but people still love their cars. It’s a great concept. People can treat themselves to a spin in the world’s most elite cars and not have to worry about maintaining it or ­depreciation.”

Gearing up to go out for a spin

THOSE looking for a touch of elegance on a budget can drive away in a Mercedes Benz E250 Cabriolet for just £99.99 a day, or a Range Rover Vogue Autobiography for £149.99.

A Mercedes G Wagon will set you back £200 a day or £550 for a three-day weekend.

The wallet begins to tighten at the upper end of the market with a Porsche Carrera GT costing a cool £1999 for 24 hours, £3499 for two weekdays or £4999 for a three-day weekend.

Fans of the classic Lamborghini Gallardo can also live out their fantasy at a cost of £799 for 24 hours, £1499 for two weekdays or £2000 for a three-day spin.