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TravelCar CEO Interview: the future of airport car rentals

I had the chance to interview Ahmed Mhiri, the founder and CEO of TravelCar, over email recently. TravelCar is a peer to peer auto rental business focused on airport rentals. Locals can earn some money parking their car at the airport while they travel. And visitors can rent from TravelCar at prices that are often […]

My (failed) attempt to use TravelCar for free airport parking

TravelCar is a peer to peer auto rental business that recently opened at a few U.S. airports. They’ve been operating in Europe for years. For car renters, this is a convenient alternative to the commercial rental companies. And for car owners, you can get free parking, a car wash, and potentially make some money when […]

Peer to Peer Airport Parking/Rentals to return to the U.S.

As peer-to-peer car sharing gains popularity, it’s still a very small market. Many people are afraid to rent out their car to strangers. The logistics are sometimes complicated. And in my calculations it’s often not cheaper than a commercial rental. But I remain a big fan of this concept for airport parking. If you need […]

Turo for Motorcycles: an interview with the Riders Share founder

Riders Share is a peer-to-peer motorcycle rental network. Launched in 2016, they offer a service that is unique in the realm of sharing economy rentals: there are plenty of car sharing businesses, but very little in the motorcycle space. Riders Share caught my eye because I know some people who love to ride and who often talk about renting […]

Best Credit Card for Car Rentals in the U.S.

This is the last in the series of posts I’ve done on renting cars. I recently wrote about why I ended up using commercial car rental companies over peer-to-peer rentals on a few recent trips. And I also discussed the best credit cards to use for international rentals if you want to use your credit card for insurance. Now […]

Stupid Mistakes and More Car Rental Tips

Nothing sharing economy about this post, but just a tip for people who might find it useful. I had a backpacking trip planned with some friends for which we needed a rental car. The plan was to fly into Salt Lake City, pick up a car at the airport and drive out to the Tetons. […]

Best Options for Car Rentals Insurance in Other Countries

I did a lot of research on international car rentals recently for a trip to Scotland, and although this has nothing to do with peer-to-peer travel services, I am summing it up here in case this is useful for other travelers reading my website. My findings are focused on the UK but they are relevant […]

FlightCar Shuts Down Operations Entirely

Yesterday I got an email from FlightCar announcing that they shut down all operations (as of July 14), and sold their tech to Mercedes-Benz R&D. No notice, no explanation, just shut it all down. FlightCar was the only company in the U.S. offering peer-to-peer car rentals at airports. People could drop their cars off when heading out […]

Comparing peer-to-peer and commercial car rentals

I rarely rent cars, but recently had a need for a rental so I did a lot of research comparing options to find the cheapest one. Part of this investigation included a deep dive into the cost of peer-to-peer rentals, including extra drivers, insurance, and delivery fees. These companies facilitate people listing their idle vehicles for rent, allowing […]

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