Name something that is your least favorite thing to do when planning a trip?
I know what mine is. It is not booking the flight, nor the lodging, but figuring out my method of transportation. I don't know about you, but sometimes I find rental car fees ridiculous and the estimated costs of Uber are too heavy. Sure, you might come across a "deal" for a "premium" vehicle, but then the taxes and fees come and then I am instantly turned off. So, what is my alternative? I introduce to you, Turo.
I know some people are not a fan of AirBnB or Uber, but I am here for it. I enjoy the shared economy services and I am all about saving my coins. With Turo (formerly known as Relay Rides), you are able to "rent" an owner's personal vehicle. If you want to want to show up to a special event in your own city and rent a Mercedes-Benz without the rental car sticker tag, you will be in luck!
What I Love:
- Turo's popularity is growing in cities across the United States.
- There is an "instant book" feature, similar to Air BnB, so if you are in a time crunch, or just want to book a certain car, you can do it.
- You can get extremely specific about the type of vehicle you want. (i.e. coupe, manual transmission, sunroof, hybrid, etc)
- You can extend your rental in case an emergency pops up. If it's less than an hour, owners usually understand.
- NO TAXES!!! Save your coins!!
What I Could Miss:
- I'm not particularly sure about the standards of vehicles, but some are more used than others. It works if you are going to stay local, but you might want to pick a newer vehicle if you have a road trip planned.
- Similar to rental cars, each car does not always come with a full tank of gas. I think it would be a nice convenience so that I do not have to worry about that when picking up a vehicle.
- There are some delivery charges from airports that are beyond astronomical.
What To Look For:
- Mileage limits! Each vehicle's owner has listed the "daily mileage" amount included in the description of the vehicle. Make sure you do not go over the total amount allotted or you could be hit with some fees, which vary with the owners as well.
- Similarly to AirBnB, you HAVE to read the reviews. The clients shouldn't have any bias towards the owner and should be brutally honest. If a car is running a bit rough, or there are some
- Mechanical Issues / Damage to the vehicle BEFORE you drive off. They always tell you to take pictures so you have evidence, and this is especially true. The owners might not always tell you there is a dent on the bumper, but your pictures will tell the stories in case the owner tries to file a claim.
Overall, I am appreciative of Turo's concept. Corporate America should be ashamed for the fees that they throw at people trying to take a vacation. If an app can help me save money, then I am a happy camper, and I have definitely saved money using Turo.
If you are interested in trying out Turo, click here!
Have you ever used Turo? How was your experience? Drop a comment and let me know!
Peace and Blessings,