Whether you need to make a haul from Ikea or are just itching to get out of town for the day, RelayRides, a new a peer-to-peer car-sharing program, is about to change your life.
Create a free account and browse available vehicles in your area. Pricing is set by the owner and starts at $5 an hour or $25 a day. So for a quick trip to Costco, a Nissan Maxima might cost you about $10 an hour, but a jaunt to the beach in a BMW 3 series convertible could run $250 for the day. Beyond that, the only other thing you’re responsible for is gas. (Insurance is covered.)
Once the owner has approved your rental, you can either exchange keys in person or take advantage of OnStar technology (given the car is equipped for it) to unlock the car via text message or on RelayRides’ site from your smartphone. We’ve tried it and have to admit, it’s pretty cool.
Have a car just taking up space in a garage? Rent it out to your New York neighbors and make a little extra cash each month. Because owners and renters rely on ratings for a positive reputation within the community, both sides can be assured a safe, quality exchange.
Now get outta here.