If you have a vacation home that's currently vacant, an apartment you can part with, or you're simply going to be away from your home for an extended period, Airbnb allows you to turn your empty house or apartment into a temporary rental unit. Potential guests can peruse images of empty lofts, cottages, and condos around the world, see reviews from previous visitors, and lock in a reservation in a prime location for a fraction of the cost of going commercial.
Soon Airbnb may expand their leasing service to cover cars.

In a survey issued to its customers, Airbnb has included questions on whether its users would be willing to lease out their vehicles. Included is the question of whether they'd be willing to lease their wheels to someone who was not also enjoying a stay in their home.

Having recently raised a bunch investment money to build up its site, Airbnb may be well positioned to let its users compete not just with the Hiltons, but also with Avis. Airbnb has indicated that it is considering this move, but is looking to partner with an existing car sharing service.

Earlier this year, the start up Getaround entered the personal-leasing market with arrangements that include insurance coverage and variable fees for cars ranging from a Toyota Prius to a Tesla Roadster.


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      Smith Jim
      • 3 Months Ago
      I have no interest in renting my car to a stranger. It's bad enough that my kids drive my cars. One of my vehicles is in the shop right now thanks to my daughter's finely-honed driving skills.
      skierpage
      • 3 Months Ago
      @Mark Sumner, you didn't mention RelayRides, since 2008 a neighborhood car sharing service backed by Google Ventures. They've thought it through in terms of unlocking the car, tracking miles, etc. and "Your car is safer than ever thanks to our in-car technology and our $1,000,000 insurance policy." All these semi-anonymous person-to-person exchanges are risky, but the idea of making money off things you own is sound, hence these startups and also zilok for tool rental. They all really need is reputation tied to identity, so bad people can only abuse the service once before they're kicked out.
      fairfireman21
      • 3 Months Ago
      I would never lease or rent my home or anything I own to a stranger, that is pure stupidity. Liability insurance to do this must be high as the sky. What if someone has a party in your home and you come back to find the house wrecked?, or all your stuff gone? Or your car gets totaled because they were drunk driving and did not have the proper insurance?