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“AC VW rentals are a thing! First time cruising SFO”

The Bugster Experience
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5 Hour Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco in a...
Reviewed July 9, 2013

A few months prior to a trip planned to San Francisco with friends for Pride, I did a quick hunt for outfits that might offer an air-cooled Volkswagen rental service. I've been a fan of the vehicles since I was 3 years old and with San Francisco being the place of the hippie movement and Herbie the Love Bug, I was half-expecting there to be something (I mean, who wouldn't want their first trip to the Bay Area to include a drive over the Golden Gate bridge in a Volkswagen Beetle??)

Thankfully, my targeted search was fruitful, as the first result that came up was the Bugster experience. We were only in town for a total of 5 days and had nothing specifically planned, but we didn't book ahead, although he graciously managed to squeeze in a time, the day of. The location for pickup is about a block away from Fisherman's Wharf, which is very convenient and the man who set us up was very courteous and helpful.

We took the red and white '72; the newest model of his fleet. It's no Honda Odyssey; the vehicle I'm used to, but my first vehicle was a 74 Bus, so it wasn't hard to get back into the swing of it. It was well-maintained and just a thrill to drive around the city, even starting out on the hills! I didn't know about the dash camera before getting there, which is activated remotely and records clips of the trip to take home, which is a great way to remember the experience!

We ended up using about 30 minutes of the trip searching for the Painted ladies at the wrong side of town due to an error in the GPS, but did find them eventually.

Even if you're not as much of a VW fan as I am, I highly recommend The Bugster Experience as just a different way to see the city. Even my friend who went with me, who grew up with one and isn't really into cars enjoyed the trip!

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My friend and I rented a bug for 3 hours on Monday July 1, 2013, and we had a BLAST. Highly recommended when visiting San Francisco! The owner was friendly and helpful, and we felt that we got value for what we spent. There is NOTHING better than going to the Haight in a 1972 bug! Talk about popular!

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