Rent your Volt to your Neighbors with RelayRides
RelayRides is a service where individual car owners can rent their car to strangers. GM is partnering with RelayRides to use OnStar to facilitate such rental transactions starting in early 2012. Interestingly, the GM RelayRides web page features a big pic of a Volt, presumable because it is a "green" car, and car sharing is a "green" activity. Since Volts are hard to come by, I would expect them to be popular in this service, even just as a way to take an unsupervised extended test drive.
The web site says:
RelayRides and GM are teaming up to make carsharing the easiest and most accessible it's ever been. RelayRides lets car owners make some extra cash off their idle wheels by renting them out to their neighbors providing those in need of a car with convenient, affordable access to mobility. Through a groundbreaking technology integration (coming soon!), RelayRides is partnering with OnStar to allow RelayRides borrowers to unlock GM cars with their mobile phones.
As always with RelayRides, car owners control the availability and the rates for their cars, and RelayRides provides an online marketplace and a $1,000,000 insurance policy to make the transaction safe and convenient.
I have a car:
- A GM car owner enrolls his car in RelayRides and links his membership to his OnStar account
- He sets the car's availability and rates
- He sits back and lets the cash roll in, with peace of mind knowing the reservation is covered by RelayRides' $1,000,000 insurance policy
- He feels great knowing that he helped out a neighbor, while keeping his neighborhood green.
You can sign up to be notified when they start the program:
I wonder how much Volt owners will be able to get for their rentals. Looks like others are getting $6 - $15 per hour for various cars. It appears as though all cars are located in limited areas.
I think I'd be willing to rent my Volt if I could get $15/hour. Unfortunately I live in a suburban area so it would not be easy for the renter to get to me. This program probably works best in urban areas with mass transit.
Last edited by honoreitiscom; 10-17-2011 at 11:37 AM.
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