If you’ve got a rally driving experience for a present, don’t think you can just turn up and drive. Those shrewd experience day sellers have a number of money-making ideas to cash in on your custom.
Here’s a list of the most expensive extras they’ll be convincing you to spend on, on top of the price of the experience.
Insurance for the rally car
The most costly extra payment is usually your insurance. Every rally driving experience is a bit different, but generally the rally providers will ask if you want to buy insurance when you turn up. This is a considerable charge, usually coming in at about £20.
If you don’t want to pay this insurance, and you damage the car, you’ll have to pay a big excess of £2000 or more.
Of course the insurance brings in a fortune for the providers of your rally experience, without them having to do anything else. The companies are usually covered for these cars by their own insurance companies already, so they keep all the cash whatever happens.
I’m not saying don’t buy insurance, but when you work out the numbers, there’s a lot of money flowing towards the experience providers. It’s far less likely than you’d imagine that people will need to claim on this insurance because you’re always under the control of an expert in the passenger seat, and they won’t let you get into dangerous situations.
Of course that doesn’t mean you won’t be the first to swerve into a tree trunk, but it’s interesting to remember this when they’re trying to scare you with how much cash you could lose. You can just turn up and drive, but remember to be extra careful if you have no insurance
On someexperiences they will make drivers buy insurance before you get in the car, and if this happens to you, you’ve got no choice but to pay.
Photos of your rally driving day
You will often find you have a professional photographer taking photos of your driving expertise. These are often professionally taken pictures of you sitting in the driving seat before you start, or the car jumping and screeching round corners.
Now, these pictures are fun and great to show off to your friends, but again you’ll be paying hand over fist for them. You’ll usually get an A5 photo for £25, with an option to get all the pictures on a CD for £10 extra. Not a bargain when you could have brought your own camera for free.
Again it’s up to you though. The photographer can get up close, so these snaps are usually good and a great reminder of the experience. But think what else you could buy for that money.
These courses usually have a café or snack shop, serving the usual food like overpriced coffee and dodgy sandwiches. If you have lunch here you’ll be paying an extra £5 each at least.
We’re not quibbling about spending a few pounds for a drink, it’s just the relentless moneygrabbing that gets us down. Surely once you’ve put your hand in your pocket and paid for the rally experience, they should be giving you this stuff for free.
Fancy a video of you driving the rally car?
Some rally courses can give you access to video cameras focused on the driver of the rally car meaning they can also sell you a video of your face as you navigate the course The price to you?
You’ll usually be able to take away the film on a data stick for £20 or £30
So take your cash card
To be fair they won’t make paying for these things compulsory.
But after paying over £100 for a really driving experience, it can be all to easy to hand over the extra cash, and find out you’ve spent double what the original experience cost!