Until now a car has been like a parasite that slowly sucks the money out of your pocket in one way or another. But, what about if it could make some cash while you are not using it?
A new online service allows vehicle owners to hire out their car by the hour, day or week; helping them to act like a small car rental company for their area.
WhipCar claims to be “the world’s first neighbour-to-neighbour car rental service that enables private car owners to rent out their cars for money to safe, eligible drivers looking to use a car, all through an easy-to-use simple online booking facility.”
If you want to be in the game and register yourself as an owner, your car must be in good condition, be no more than eight years old and have a valid MOT, road tax and insurance. You can find out if your car is eligible for the business by entering your details in their website and getting an instant valuation.
Security is of course a major concern for either side, so the company must run strict checks. For owners, this includes background screening, such as police database checks, before signing up. Drivers, in the other hand, are screened on a conference call with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
When using the site to look for a car around my postcode I find an interactive map that shows me available vehicles within a walking distance. Prices go from a modest £16 per day for a Renault Clio Authentique to the shocking £200 a day someone is asking for his Mini Cooper.
If I were going to select one, the owner would get a text and an email with my details, including my driving history, feedback and even what I look like. Then, if the owner is happy my card is debited and we would arrange to meet at the vehicle.
Easy and straightforward, WhipCar uses an ingenious concept, no doubt. It seems like people have not been put off by the idea of seeing an stranger driving away with their car. Everything for the money, I guess.
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14 July 2011, 12:37PM
This sounds like a great idea as so often my car sits on the drive for most of the day. Obviously theer are bound to be risks involved and I wonder what would happen in the driver crashed your car, would you immediatley get a hire car?
15 July 2011, 09:28AM
This is a bit like hiring out your drive for Wimbledon parking but with all the nightmares that come with fraud and theft. God knows what my insurance company would make of this.
Terry, New Barn
25 July 2011, 12:35PM
My car often sits on my drive unused but I would definitely not want to hire out my car to strangers, it is my pride and joy!
27 July 2011, 05:24PM
Great idea, my car costs a lot to insure and keep on the road and as I commute by train to work it would make perfect sense for me to hire it out..
10 August 2011, 10:15AM
Interesting idea. I am not sure that I would want to do it but I can certainly see the benefits and I know various friends who would be up for this.
joyce arrowsmith, st annes lancs fy81hq
25 October 2012, 11:56AM
I AM GOING AWAY FOR 6 MONTHS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I CAN
28 December 2012, 07:25AM
Hi its quite interesting that people allow there cars to be rented out to total strangers but then again thats what rental cars about if u do want to hire your car out privately its better end of the day the money you make is comeing to ur pocket if u do it threw whipcar am sure they take a cut out of it i prefer private you what i do is i take my mates cars an i rent it out for them to people for like birthdays,occasinal also wedding and school proms you need to have these kind of connections where you will get big buck!! Gain threw whipcar or any other its peanuts well depending on what cars u have
Marlon Boateng, Stratford, East London
23 May 2013, 11:45AM
I don't use my car weekdays.. would anyone like to hire it? Monday - Friday.. It's a Mercedes CLC 200 £250 ONO Preferably a lady.
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