RelayRides offers a fresh take on car rentals, giving everyday people a way to earn extra cash by sharing their vehicles with complete strangers. Renters save money, owners make money, and RelayRides handles all the logistical issues, including liability and insurance requirements.
Let’s say you’re traveling to Phoenix for a family vacation next weekend. You could spend hundreds of dollars renting a minivan from a traditional rental agency, or you could log-on to RelayRides and see which vehicles are available during the time when you’re in town. RelayRides verifies your identity before you’re eligible to book any cars. After you’ve been screened, you’re free to scroll through the selection of available vehicles using filters to weed out any cars that are too small or too old to meet your criteria. Each listed vehicle has an availability calendar, and you also have the option to ask the owner specific questions (like how much luggage the trunk can hold). Once you’ve asked to rent the car, the owner has 24 hours to respond with a confirmation. You can then meet the owner at the trip start time, and hit the open road.
From a vehicle owner’s perspective, RelayRides is an easy way to generate revenue from an asset that most people already have sitting in their driveways. In addition to its basic car rental services, RelayRides is also available at selected airports. Travelers can rent their vehicles while they’re away, without worrying about the logistics of handing off keys or meeting renters at any pre-determined times.
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