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Silicon Valley startup Getaround offers a carsharing service with a twist. Unlike companies like Zipcar, which owns the vehicles that are available for use by its members, Getaround is a peer-to-peer-based service that works like this: car owners agree to put their autos up for rent on an hourly, daily or even a weekly basis. The vehicle owners set the rental rates and Getaround simply pairs up what it calls the "buyers" with the "sellers."

In addition, Getaround provides insurance for the vehicles and equips each auto with a remotely-operated unlocking system, ensuring that "buyers" and "sellers" never have to meet face-to-face to exchange keys. For its work, Getaround collects 30 percent of rental fees, which can vary from $4 per hour for a basic compact model to $10 per hour for a Toyota Prius and currently tops out at $25 per hour for a Tesla Roadster. Since launching last month, nearly 1,000 people have joined Getaround. One of the first to get in on the peer-to-peer action was Jessica Scorpio, a co-founder of the company, and she shares her Tesla Roadster with other Getaround members.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req., Getaround]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the Tesla warranty has anything about use as a hire car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This seems cool. I was considering signing up to rent out one of my vehicles, but alas you need to have power locks as I suspected.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is an awesome idea. I tried with another company offering similar service in Bay Area (JustShareIt). They are in alpha stage and their website was not up (www.justshareit.com) so i got their number from a blog and called up their phone number (1855-7427300). After talking to their support, I asked if I could become their alpha member. They agreed and took all my information down and within a week, I got their device for free (they said as they in alpha they are giving out free device) which helps me share my car with others. The features on the device was so cool that I could easily trust anybody sharing my car. I had exactly same concerns as (RoyHarvie and Throwback) had above, but after talking to them they were able to clear all my doubts, concerns which helped me understand this new concept more. Also my friend wanted to share his after he saw mine, but like (Joe) he had no power locks in his car, they had a solution for that too, which was cool. So even my friend started sharing. I am enjoying and earning money since. Try it guys...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe anyone would agree to rent out their car this way, unless it was a total beater and they couldn't care less what happened to it. I would demand to meet face-to-face and check out the renter's driving history, come to think of it that still wouldn't be enough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more. I'm sure their insurance companies would not be thrilled either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      25$ an hour for a roadster? Man I wish I lived in the area... I'd be renting it out all the time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      4$ is really cheap for a car. I'd think the owner gets a bad deal on that one, just the wear.

      it would be interesting to see how popular the tesla is. if that was possible here I'd certainly try it at that price.