A different kind of car renting experience seems to be catching on: so-called peer-to-peer carsharing, where automobile owners rent out their cars to total strangers via a mobile app or online interface.
But this isn’t a typical Enterprise or Avis rental experience. Its not even a brand new way to rent. But it appears to be growing in popularity.
With carsharing, you’re dealing almost exclusively with everyday individuals who may deliver their car to you–or have you pick it up from their personal driveway.
Yes, the Internet has made everything social. And now you can possibly rent your neighbor across the street’s Charger because of it.
There are a handful of these companies operating today. Availability and pricing evidently varies widely: A review of carsharing options in the city of Gainesville ranged from $32 per day for a 2012 Audi A4 to $166 per day for a 2016 Jeep Wrangler.
The larger the city you live in, the more cars that are available. Supply and demand.
The companies that offer the rentals say it’s just as easy to rent a car from someone else using their apps or websites as it is to post your own car for rental. A Houston man, Brian Rose, told a local TV station there that he earned $25,000 since he started renting out his Tesla close to 2 years ago.
That’s a nice piece of change for someone who doesn’t mind a bunch of unknown people riding around in their cars.