Why Rent a Car When You Can Rent One of These?

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

An interesting thing happens when a few like-minded people end up living near each other in high-end neighborhoods: golf karts start to appear. The easy-going rides are perfect for putzing around gated communities, but they’re not street-legal. That’s where Moke comes in. Its tiny electric cars are a natural not-a-car vehicle for navigating the quiet streets of retirement communities and beach towns. Now, the company is offering rentals to folks who can’t afford the more than $20,000 purchase price for one of its cars. 

WeMoke is the company’s rental program, which offers hourly, daily, and weekly rentals starting at $125 per hour. The weekly rental will set you back almost $2,000, which is a ton of money for a vehicle with a 25 mph top speed. 

The Moke’s top speed makes driving legal on roads with speed limits up to 35 mph, and the cars are surprisingly well-equipped for what they are. Drivers get a backup camera, headlights, Bluetooth, and four seats. The company offers custom wraps for rental customers, which immediately makes me think of holding a Moke spec racing series with crazy liveries. 

If you’re hoping to rent a Moke, the company offers pickup and delivery in locations throughout Florida, Savannah, GA, Nashville, and more. You’ll need to be 21 and have a valid driver’s license. 

[Image: WeMoke via Facebook]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • GrumpyOldMan GrumpyOldMan on Mar 16, 2023

    I rented the granddaddy of these (with a gasoline engine) in Santa Catalina in 1979.

  • 95_SC 95_SC on Mar 16, 2023

    I wonder if I could electric swap a FIAT Jolly for 20k. Would be cooler and more of a conversation piece. I could have my current 500e converted to something like that and still be under 20k and have a sort of real car at the end of it. This is priced stupidly however the golf cart world gets spendy fast

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Mar 17, 2023

    Or... for $400/day rent a Shelby GT500-H from Hertz and have more fun than a golf cart full of Cheerleaders...

  • Peeryog Peeryog on Mar 19, 2023

    Yes , when I was living in Barbados one of these mini-mokes ran over my foot driven by an oblivious tourist. DIdn't hurt too much.