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RelayRides.com (nee Turo.com) for rental vehicles?

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Anyone with any experience with relayrides.com (now called Turo.com?  The rates are pretty fetching but I'm wondering about what happens if your car breaks down, or other pitfalls I might not be thinking of...

 

For the curious, relayrides.com is a transparent third party intermediary, protecting both parties, between someone who is renting their personally-owned vehicle to the public (obviously at a significant discount from what a comparable vehicle would cost through the rental agencies).

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There's this .  I think they took the easy way out and just contracted with roadside assistance.  

 

https://support.turo.com/hc/en-us/articles/203990690-National-roadside-assistance

 

welcome to the sharing economy, where basically both parties still carry all the responsibilities and the internet company is just the middleman who helps connect people together, handles the money and of course takes their cut.  The only thing that's protected is the monetary exchange...

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Nice find -- I didn't spot that. 

 

It's not a big concern, but an out-of-nowhere failed cooling pump in my 335xi with 42k on it stranded me in Indian Country one time so I know anything is possible.

 

I'm moving 5 people, 3 sets of skis, and 4 snowboards from Denver International to Vail -- best deal I found on a Tahoe through the traditional rental agencies is $845.  So when I'm finding something comparable, with a ski rack, for under $400, it's sorely tempting.  Most of the online reviews I've read are pretty positive and the only complaints seem to be related to pre-existing damage ("or was it?") -- so I figure some good pre-rental communication on an acceptable procedure should hopefully head that concern off.

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Nice find -- I didn't spot that. 

 

It's not a big concern, but an out-of-nowhere failed cooling pump in my 335xi with 42k on it stranded me in Indian Country one time so I know anything is possible.

 

I'm moving 5 people, 3 sets of skis, and 4 snowboards from Denver International to Vail -- best deal I found on a Tahoe through the traditional rental agencies is $845.  So when I'm finding something comparable, with a ski rack, for under $400, it's sorely tempting.  Most of the online reviews I've read are pretty positive and the only complaints seem to be related to pre-existing damage ("or was it?") -- so I figure some good pre-rental communication on an acceptable procedure should hopefully head that concern off.


Did you catch this thread from last year?  Found it when I added the tag Denver Travel (under Topics Discussed).

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130467/denver-rental-car-rates

 

Have you looked at Flight Car?

https://www.flightcar.com

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I didn't see anything in that tread about relayrides.com (now turo.com).  But it was a long confirmation for just how expensive cars, and particularly SUVs, are out of Denver. 

 

Sheez, I just checked Hotwire, since it's always fluctuating.  A Tahoe is $2,181 for six days, Wed - Mon, in the early February.  The $845 quote I got on a Tahoe via the agency I'm renting my Vail lodging from is a pretty strong bargain in comparison, but when you can rent something similar for under $400 through relayrides, it gets pretty convincing. 

 

Flightcar doesn't seem to have near the inventory that relayrides has.

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You don't happen to have a rental car agreement through where you work, do you? I can rent for personal reasons using my work account with Avis and get a Tahoe for a week in February for $425. That's what I did last year, but didn't consider it until someone mentioned it assuming personal rentals weren't allowed. But I asked and my company is fine with it.

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It's worth looking into.
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