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Tired of jumping through hoops for a sub-optimal rental car experience? Try car sharing.

Posted 1 month(s) ago

You want your vacation to be determined by you and what you want to do.

Not by the availability of Ubers or a local transportation system.

At the same time, you also don’t want to have to pay an arm and a leg for some wheels. 

So, if you’re looking for more control at a better price point, we recommend car sharing.

It’s the perfect medium between car rentals and ride-sharing.

All the independence, control, and safety of driving your own car with more options, better service, and competitive pricing.

Better Value

If you’re planning a trip this summer, you may find yourself in the awkward situation of putting the cart before the horse.

In other words, you may have booked everything else in anticipation of your trip like your hotel, flight, activities, etc., only to realize that you should have actually prioritized finding a car.

It sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what spring breakers who vacationed in Hawaii, Florida, Denver, Phoenix, Austin and Arizona complained about.

Car rentals have become such rare commodities that they are often going for three times their original price.

Lori Kelly, a visitor from New York vacationing in Florida, commented, “I noticed that the prices are more than the airline tickets.” 

Even economy-size cars like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent, which normally cost $90 per day, now cost $500.

In order to save money on his car rental, one man paid $110 to Uber 70+ miles from Dayton International Airport (DAY) which was charging $460 for economy cars.

He traveled to Columbus, OH, which had cars in the $120–$340 range. 

And if you’re hoping to wait out this car rental shortage, you’ll have to postpone your trip to next summer...

The CEO of AirBnb recently went on CNBC to say that he anticipates such a huge surge in travel this year that they’ll have to add millions of new Hosts in order to meet demand.

"I think that we probably will have a high-class problem where there will probably be more guests coming to Airbnb than we'll have hosts for, because ... we think there's going to be a travel rebound coming that's unlike anything we've ever seen." 

Compare this to car sharing, which is widely available in major cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Prices are as low as $50 a day for a BMW. Or if you don’t mind the high price tag, but want more bang for your buck, there’s the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG for $500 a day. 

Hosts on carSHAiR also often offer discounts for multiple-day bookings so you can compound these savings. For example, book for 3+ days, and you could receive up to a 20% discount. 

Car sharing also has the added bonus of being on-demand.

You can reserve a car as late as the day before your trip and still have plenty of options to pick from.

Better Vehicles

Speaking of options, chances are, even if you don’t mind the price surge, car rental companies probably don’t have many vehicles on hand.

Starting in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic slashed their sales, many companies including Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise began selling off their cars by the hundred thousands. 

Hertz dropped approximately 200,000 rental cars when it filed for bankruptcy in 2020 while Avis sold 22,000 of its fleet to consumers. Other companies like Advantage Rent A Car closed several of their locations, so consumers may have to drive further out of their way in order to find a vehicle.

As a result, your choices may be severely limited at a traditional car rental place. Even if you wanted to try your luck, you might be forced to go with whatever car they have left in stock, which just might be an AMC Gremlin. 

In comparison, car-sharing platforms offer a wide range of vehicles to suit your every need. Whether you’re going on a date or on a road trip, you’ll have your pick of cars.

Better Experience

Last but not least, you’ll have a much more convenient experience on a car-sharing platform than in a car rental facility. No need to fill out endless paperwork, wait in long lines, or debate with the salesperson over “optional” features. 

Instead, the authentication process happens entirely through the app. You’ll be asked for a valid driver’s license and a few personal details. Once you submit your application to drive, you should get your results back in a few short minutes.

After you are approved, you can then book a vehicle, filtering by make, price, location, availability, etc. Once the Host accepts your request, you just have to show up at the start of your trip, pick up the car, and start enjoying your vacation.

Make this summer all about you. Leave behind the high prices, limited options, and inconvenience of car rental companies, and car share today.

Sources:

https://abc-7.com/news/cover-story/2021/04/01/car-rental-rates-through-the-roof-as-more-frequent-travel-resumes/

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/hertz-avis-enterprise-rental-car-shortage-11618335385

https://clark.com/travel/car-rental-shortage/

https://thepointsguy.com/news/rental-car-tip-uber/

https://www.businessinsider.com/airbnb-ceo-brian-chesky-needs-millions-of-new-hosts-cnbc-2021-4