TravelCar has launched in its first U.S. city — Los Angeles.
- You get free airport parking if you agree to rent out your car while you’re gone. (Parking is free even if no one rents your car.)
- You get paid per mile.
As a consumer looking to rent a car they tout rates “up to 70 percent less than traditional rental car companies.”
It’s like peer-to-peer car rental company Turo (formerly Relay Rides) where you rent out your car for income when you’re not using it, and customers rent cars from people for less than from a car rental agency like National or Hertz. But it adds the kicker of ‘park for free’ whether anyone rents your car or not.
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As far as renting from them, I searched for a car next Thursday for one day at LAX and found this as my baseline:
There are ‘off brands’ that are cheaper but here’s a full sized vehicle with unlimited miles from a national chain.
Meanwhile the cheapest car there offering is more, and with limited miles:
On the other hand, also limited miles, you can rent a Mercedes for not much more:
There’s also a less generous cancellation policy than a traditional car rental.
From my limited searching this doesn’t look like an amazing rental deal, Turo is probably better for niche vehicles, and Silvercar for a consistent rental experience with a nice car. You may be able to get lower pricing elsewhere with the best coupon codes and AutoSlash tracking your rental price to lower it.
I’d probably require a greater premium than they’d be willing to pay me to rent out my car. I usually Uber or similar to the airport anyway and it’s cheaper than airport parking most trips.
Nonetheless I can see this working out for some, and it’s good to have competing platforms.