Red, yellow or black? Two-door or four-door? Automatic or manual? If you have always wanted to explore Cape Cod in a Jeep without the responsibility of owning one, now is your chance. Last summer, Platinum Auto Service Inc. in South Yarmouth launched Cape Cod Jeep Rentals, which allows Jeep lovers to rent one for a day, a few days or a week. “We offer the best of both worlds because you don’t have to insure it or maintain it,” says Jay Frazier, owner of Platinum Auto Service. He and his wife, Bianca Frazier, started their company in 1999 to service, repair and accessorize Jeeps with kits. They soon saw the potential for rentals, but didn’t act upon their instincts until last year. “We found there’s a lot of people who would love to own a Jeep, but it might not be practical for whatever reason,” says Jay. They have a fleet of eight custom Jeep Wranglers to choose from and Jay recommends making a reservation two to three weeks in advance during the busy months of July and August. Jay and Bianca, who are passionate Jeep owners themselves, are definitely onto something. During a photo shoot at nearby Smugglers Beach, a small crowd gathered and admired the five jeeps lined up in a row and wanted their picture taken with one. But if you rent one, you might end up buying one—which has actually happened twice! —Lisa Leigh Connors
Rentals start at $149/daily for a two-door Jeep Wrangler. Platinum Auto Service Inc. 27 Commercial St., South Yarmouth. To reserve your Jeep, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-694-5030.