Posted by Willy Franzen on July 2, 2014. Jobs updated daily.
The last time that Amy and I reserved a rental car, they didn’t have a car for us when we showed up. It was straight out of Seinfeld’s The Car Reservation, except the agent didn’t even try to help us. We ended up having to spend $250 on an Uber to get us to the wedding on time. I wish I could say that it’s the last time that I’ll ever use a rental car company, but it won’t be. However, I am tempted to try something new like RelayRides. They are a San Francisco, CA based company that connects “vehicle owners whose cars would otherwise be idle with people who need a car.” It’s a model that makes sense, even if it feels a little uncomfortable at first.
RelayRides was started in 2012, and they’re already in 2,100+ cities and at 300+ airports. They also offer more than 800 unique makes and models. That means that you can get exactly the car that you want instead of a “Ford Explorer or similar.” This is all great, but how does RelayRides stack up in what really matters? There prices can be up to 40% lower than rental companies. That’s huge. I know that both vehicle owners and renters will have a lot of hesitations about this model, but RelayRides provides insurance and screening to calm those concerns. If you think that RelayRides is what the future of renting a car looks like, check out the RelayRides’ Careers page and their current job listings in the lefthand sidebar.
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