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A new startup called Getaround is looking to jump into the car rental business by following a similar path laid out by Zipcar. Getaround is a bit different, however, because the fleet of rentals are comprised of customer-supplied personal vehicles. This is peer-to-peer car rental, and we're intrigued.

Getaround co-founder Sam Zaid states that vehicles in the United States sit idle for an average of 22 hours every day. By signing your car up for use as a rental vehicle, you (and Getaround) can turn an idle situation into one that makes money.

The car sharing system works by creating a network of users that are connected via iPhone app and the Getaround website. Those wishing to rent their vehicles will receive a car kit that sits on the dash. When a customer has selected a car they wish to rent, you locate the car on a map and use your iPhone to unlock the vehicle. That gets you inside the car, where you can have access to a key hidden somewhere on the inside.

Rates vary by car, but the prices we've seen listed on the Getaround website seem quite reasonable. A Mini Cooper will cost you $5.50 per hour, a BMW Z4 can be had for $15 and you can tool around San Francisco in a Tesla Roadster for $50 per hour. The rate structure is a good incentive to keep people from putting serious mileage on your vehicle, but it also provides a fair deal at an hourly rate. Insurance is covered by Getaround thanks to backing from an unnamed provider, and it's full coverage.

Rental fees are broken down so that Getaround takes in 60 percent of the profit while the car owner receives the other 40. If you're interested in joining beta testing of the program, Getaround is currently offering the program to residents of San Francisco and San Diego.

If you don't mind the having to re-adjust your seat every time you get in your own car and you've got faith in your fellow motorists, this seems like a potential win-win situation for those looking to earn a few extra bucks.


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      C36
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats a dumb idea. oh wait i need a new oxygen sensor. now just have to find the right car for rent :)
      xroadrider
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen how people treat rentals, they get jumped, hooned, and abused in ways that I never thought possible. Even journalists kick the crap out of other people's cars, remember the Used Car Olympics? There is no way that the damages to a private vehicle would be worth the fees you could charge. I don't even valet my car, and it's just an '06 Nissan XTerra. I don't loan it out to my closest friends or family; there is no way I would ever rent it out to a stranger.
      Sir Shagsalot
      • 3 Years Ago
      My house sits idle also all day but I ain't letting random strangers in there who just need to sleep in my bed for 3 hours and raid the pantry before leaving. Plus where the heck do I find my car when the renter is done? To make a net $5/day after refueling the empty tank people will have to GPS their car's location, get on a bus, go halfway across town, walk an hour from the bus stop to the dump where the renter abandoned their car. All the best to them.
      mix35
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting. Just a thought, what would happen if the renter uses your car for a crime and it is impounded by the police. Chances are the original owner would be dragged into some kind of legal battle. The article states they have a backer for full insurance coverage but imagine your car totalled and the aggravation of not having your car and or to replace it. Oh, by the way, who pays for gas. Doesn't seem like a good idea
      Hlavkb
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a terrible idea, and for only 40% of the profit. $2.20 an hour to let a stranger drive your mini?
      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't let anyone other than myself change oil on my own vehicles, let alone lend them out to strangers. No thanks.
      FunkyBanana
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB did you guys even read the source article? The insurance carrier is NOT unnamed you tards, its Bershire Hathaway...aka Geico. "The Getaround iPhone app, the Getaround car kit. Super safe insurance, provided by Berkshire."
      briang19
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 40% to the car owner seems unfair. I mean the car owner is doing most of the work. Shouldn't it be 40% to Getaround and 60% to the owner? Regardless, you'd have to be really dumb or really desperate to want to rent your car out.
        FunkyBanana
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        It is unflair, which is why it is the other way around. AB cant even cut and paste from the source article correctly. However, this is still a wildly stupid idea.
      kdilkington
      • 3 Years Ago
      This sounds like an A+ grade for an MBA class that would fail miserably in the real world. The 40% cut of the hourly rate would never make up for the rapid depreciation of your car. And I honestly would never rent to a complete stranger with an iPhone - God only knows how many times they take their eyes off the road to look at the damn device while driving.
      Craig F.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well then don't do it, you whiny, overpriviledged control freaks. Jesus Christ, you'd think the government was mandating it or something.
        m
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Craig F.
        I think the main point is that the owners are getting screwed for participating. They aren't getting paid enough, and there's damage being done to their cars that will probably not be covered. You're right; they can choose not to participate. But many of them probably aren't car-conscious enough to realize they're getting screwed. Ignorance is expensive. But that justification doesn't make what the opportunists that set up a program like this are doing okay.
      action3500
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog is car enthusiasts site. I am not surprised the see the responses. I myself would never let someone drive my car, no matter how much they offer. There's another side of the story. There are plenty of people who threat their cars as means of transportation and could care less if there are new scratches or stains in it. I know you know the kind of people I am talking about - the majority of the car owners in US of A.
      postpast
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll rent out my 2000 Impala, Gauge says 190 but its closer to 500. Interior is rough and it sat in my backyard for a few years. Works good though. So if it isn't perfect and an idiot kills themself, Is that then my fault? If the tranny goes is that then up to me? to bad so sad?? I could mess up about any used car in a couple hours if i put my mind to it, Probaly without cosmetic damage,, justing a curb would hurt most cars noaday. Also if you are looking to sell drugs, comit a robbery, or murder, what a good investment.Now thecops are going to be breathing down my neck and i won't even know it! It is just such a complicated issue that a simple app may seen good but can also be very bad.
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