There is an interesting study that explores the car buying and usage habits of the people of the United States. Across the country, there is 1 car for every 1.2 people. However, most of the cars are left parked and unused about 92% of the time. It is kind of ironic, considering that buying a car is one of the largest expenses that one can make in a lifetime, yet the car is not actually giving much benefit. Apparently, this is the very issue that has been observed by companies like TuroRelayRides and Getaround. If you have been online in the last few years, you certainly have heard or even used the services of both companies. Both TuroRelayRides and Getaroundare peer-to-peer car sharing platforms where people can rent cars to and from other people. With the help of TuroRelayRides or Getaround, you can make some extra money by lending your unused car to strangers. Or, if you are going to another town, you can use either service for transportation.
Right now, TuroRelayRides and Getaround are two of the most popular peer-to-peer car sharing platforms. So, how do they compare to each other? Which is the best car sharing platform on the market? Let’s see below!
RelayRides vs. Getaround: Availability
Currently, TuroRelayRides is available almost nationally, across all states, except New York. New York has become the only state where TuroRelayRides is not available due to some law issue. TuroRelayRides’ service can be accessed via the website or the mobile apps. There are mobile apps available for both Android and iOS. It currently offers over than 800 vehicle makes and models. Some of the owners on TuroRelayRides include delivery in over than 2500 cities and 300 airports of the US and Canada.
On the other hand, Getaround is currently only available in the urban areas of Chicago, Portland, Austin, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA). Due to the still limited availability, Getaround obviously has a smaller base of owners and users than TuroRelayRides. The service is also accessible through its website and mobile apps – available for both Android and iOS. The official website claims that it has over than 1000 cars that start from US$5 per hour.
RelayRides vs. Getaround: Rental Duration
Initially, TuroRelayRides also focused on the short-term, hourly rentals. However, its growth was majorly driven by long-term rentals that go over one day in duration. As the effect, it finally discontinued the hourly pricing system and implemented long-duration rentals. This is said to be the reason behind the changing of the service’s name from RelayRides to Turo. On TuroRelayRides, you can only rent for 24 hours or longer, with 24-hour increments. So, it essentially competes more with traditional rental car companies such as Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise. The day-based rent is ideal if you are going out for several days or weeks, but not if only for a few hours.
On the other hand, Getaround provides more flexibility to both the owners and renters. It allows the owner of the car to set their car’s minimum rental period, which can be as short as 1 hour. The hourly pricing makes Getaround competes more directly against other peer-to-peer car sharing companies such as Maven and Zipcar. As an owner, the hourly rent is ideal if you just want to rent your car for a few hours or less than a day. As a renter, the hourly rent is ideal if you only need a transport for just a day or two, but not for extensive days or weeks because it can be quite pricey.
RelayRides vs. Getaround: Key Exchange
TuroRelayRides usually requires the owner and renter to meet in order to exchange keys. By meeting face to face, you can be more certain and confident in renting your car. You can get to know who is using your car. However, such meeting can be a hassle if you have a tight schedule or very limited time. It can also result in friction between the owner and the renter.
Meanwhile, Getaround requires the car owner to install a hardware device on the vehicle that enables the renter to gain a keyless entry. By using their phone, a renter with an active reservation can open and drive the car without having to use the actual keys. The car itself has to be labeled with a sticker to help the renter find the reserved car more easily. Such mechanism is indeed very convenient for both parties, but the rental process becomes less personal. The car owner may never see the real face of the renter, and this can be a worrisome situation for some people.
RelayRides vs. Getaround: Fees
Now, we will see the fees that these two services apply to both owners and renters. We start with the owner fee. On TuroRelayRides, car owners can specify their own prices or use the dynamic pricing suggestions, and TuroRelayRides will take 25% of the total payment. Meanwhile, on Getaround, the car owners set rental prices and earn only 60% of the total payment.
Many renters love both TuroRelayRides and Getaround due to the fact that these services require zero starting cost. You can be a member of either service just by giving your email address, and you will never have to pay a penny if you don’t rent any car at all. However, if you do rent a car, you will also have to pay for the fuel and toll costs. The fuel and toll costs on both services are similar.
TuroRelayRides and Getaround use different pricing systems, so comparing them directly can be pretty tricky. In general, if you rent a car for less than a day, Getaroundis cheaper. This is solely because of the hourly pricing system. However, for a rent that goes over than a day or two, you may want to choose TuroRelayRides instead, as the total cost would be lower.
|- Available in all states except New York||- Currently only operates in Chicago, Portland, Austin, San Diego, and SFBA|
|- Daily pricing system with 24-hour increments||- Hourly pricing system|
|- Efficient for rents that go over several days||- Suitable for short-term rents|
|- 25% fee to the owner||- 40% fee to the owner|
|- The owner and renter usually has to meet to exchange keys||- Hardware device to allow keyless access for authorized renter|
TuroRelayRides is available in all states except New York, resulting in a significantly large base of owners and users. It applies a daily pricing system, which is generally most efficient for rents that go over several days. It requires the owner and renter to meet to exchange keys. On the other hand, Getaround is currently only available in Chicago, Portland, Austin, San Diego, and SFBA, and is with an hourly pricing system that is suitable for short-term rents. Getaround has a hardware device to allow keyless access for the authorized renter.