While car sharing has been expanding as an industry, so have peer-to-peer ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. GetAround is a unique service that combines these two great ideas—giving you, essentially, peer-to-peer car sharing. Thousands of car owners offer their vehicles to be rented by GetAround members whenever, wherever (limits set by car owners). Adding to the draw of GetAround is the convenient in-app reservation method. Like ride-sharing companies, users’ transactions are all completed in a paperless and convenient fashion. This fresh take on car sharing is growing rapidly all over the US, with no end in sight.
- Rental rates
- Review and report system
GetAround is available through their website and mobile app. Information on where to pick up and drop off a vehicle is provided by the car owner, and all payment is performed through the app. Renters can choose which vehicle to rent based on vehicle profiles available.
Because of the nature of GetAround's service, the ability to customize your own experience is beyond the scope of many of GetAround's competitors. Users have new options every time they go to select a car in a new location, and they can choose a size, style, and price according to their preferences. Because of the nature of GetAround's service, users potentially have thousands of vehicle types to choose from. However, the vehicles available vary based on service area. Also important to note is that the following will not be available:
- Customer care
- Roadside assistance
Additionally, the rental rates are much lower than many other Car Share services (obviously depending on the type of car rented) and the pickup locations closer and more convenient than ever. With no initial or annual membership fees, GetAround is a great option for those who want a fast rental and who aren't looking to commit to frequent rides. GetAround offers free memberships and pricing as low as $5/hour. Daily rentals are also available. Prices vary by car type, owner, length of rental, etc.
GetAround has a review and report system in place to help keep all rentals professional. Additionally, GetAround has taken steps to make the rental experience seamless for both renters and rentees. For example, all GetAround vehicles now come with automatic toll charges for passing through FasTrak toll lanes.
GetAround cars are owned and managed individually by the car owner. For this reason, max usability may vary from owner to owner. Generally, you can go 200 miles each day in a GetAround car. If you exceed those miles, you'll be charged $.40 per mile. Most GetAround cars can be rented by the hour, day, or week.
- Additional costs
Because GetAround uses cars that are owned and cared for by individual contractors, there is no guarantee that all cars will have the same quality. GetAround does have a new-car policy (all cars should be from the year 2000 or later) to try to combat this discrepancy, but wear and tear on vehicles could be significantly different. Additionally, GetAround's insurance policy has drivers responsible for initial costs, which means increased liability when you get behind the wheel.
Gas is not included in the rental price; renters are expected to return the vehicle with the same amount of gas as when the rental period began. Since GetAround does not include gas or other added benefits, when you pay for Getarond, you are solely paying to drive the car in one round trip.While there are rather apparent benefits of using Getaround, we have a few concerns:
- Fees do not include gas
- Fees do no include roadside assistance
- Only available in 5 cities
GetAround is only available in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Chicago, Portland, and Austin. Like popular ride-sharing apps, GetAround allows users to rent cars from everyday car owners, which means availability depends on the amount of car owners who volunteer their vehicle in a given area.
GetAround offers comprehensive, collision, and liability insurance during the rental period for all members. However, there is a $750 damage deductible per incident, which is the responsibility of the renter. Also, GetAround has a late fee or $50/hour.