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Louis Vuittons, watches, Porsches -- who's renting luxury items?

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It's a fast paced world.  It seems most people would like to live life the high life, but can't quite afford it.  These days, it doesn't quite matter, because you can rent just about anything.

"We offer Porsches, BMWs, Lamborghinis, Ferraris," said Xylina Roman of Prestige Luxury Rentals.  Her company has a menu of forty fancy whips from which to choose.   Roman says there's a car for every budget.  Their Mini Cooper starts at $175 per day.  A 2012 Porsche 911 Cabrio S convertible goes for $599 per day.

So who's renting these items? 

"Our clients range anywhere from the high end client that's looking for the same comfort they have at home or for someone who is really looking for the all out experience," said Roman. 

One of her clients shared a home video of a rental experience with us.  "It basically started out as a joke.  She asked her husband what he wanted for his birthday.  He said it's not like you can get me a Ferrari," said Roman.   True, she couldn't afford a red, Ferrari priced at $450,000, but $2,500 dollars made her hubby's birthday.  "It's a life experience," Roman said.  
Still want to ride, but on a tighter budget?  How about renting about a top-of-the-line bicycle. "You don't have to worry about the maintenance or taking care of the bike.  That, and you don't have to commit to something," said Shawn Faynik of Kyle's Bike Shop in Orlando.  

For 45 bucks a day, you can own the road on a $3,500 bike.  "We try to prevent buyers remorse, you know, so nobody has to try to come back or let the bike sit in the garage and get rusty or dusty after spending 800 bucks or so. That way try it before you buy it," said Faynik.   

Google "rentals" and you can find just about anything you want.  From a crib for a baby at  60 bucks for 3 days to a 2-bedroom, 2,500 square-foot cosmopolitan crib for 1,000 times that amount. 

For the ladies, at the website RentTheRunway.com, you can rent designer gowns, or check out BagBorrowSteal.com, where a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag -- normally about $790 --  rents for just $150 per month.

If bling is more your style, Orlando jeweler Tharoo and Company is now renting diamonds.   "We take credit cards.  For $4,900, we give them one week, and they pay ten percent of what the cost is when they return it," said Abdul Tharoo, president and CEO of the company.  He said lots of grooms are renting time pieces, like a TAG Heuer watch, for the big day. 

Faking it, until their making it, Roman said she has seen a number of men rent a sports car to impress the ladies.  "And it works!" she added.    So what happens when they show up in an old beater the next day?  "That's not my problem," said Roman.

That's when the reality check sets in and perhaps a little renter's remorse. 



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