In this digital and mobile age, more and more people are looking for an easier, more convenient way of doing things, especially when it comes to transportation.
Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft have saturated the marketplace while peer-to-peer carsharing continues to grow in popularity on Pennsylvania roads. Turo is the latest driving app that has found its way into the Harrisburg area.
Turo allows private car owners the ability to rent out their vehicles through an online and mobile interface. The startup company has about 400,000 cars available on its platform, with more than 10 million users renting and listing. Prices range between $32 a day to upwards of $500 a day.
Benefits for the Renter
The company promotes itself as the car rental alternative for your next adventure. Renters can enhance their driving experience with some unique features and additional options otherwise not included by going to Enterprise or Hertz. This includes an array of unique car models, free cancellation up to 24 hours before any trip as well as 24/7 roadside assistance.
Renters also do not need personal injury coverage. If you have insurance, liability insurance coverage provided by Turo would supplement your existing coverage.
Benefits for the Owner
Those looking to help pay their monthly car payments or earn extra money on the side can rent their car out to travelers advertised in an easy and straightforward process. Turo covers your vehicle with $1 million in liability insurance, which protects against theft and property damage.
It is completely free to list your car and owners have the ability to set minimum daily pricing, choose mileage limits and get their car back re-fueled.
What Users Should Be Aware Of
Harrisburg lawyer, Scott Cooper, a partner at Schmidt Kramer, shared his thoughts in an interview with Local 21 News.
Cooper says that legislation is still waiting to be passed in Congress to make it easier to regulate these types of peer-to-peer carsharing companies as notions of safety and liability come into question. It is especially important as an owner to be well-informed before renting vehicles to strangers.
He advises taking certain steps to protect yourself in the event of an accident or traffic violation. This includes understanding your auto insurance policy and ensuring that it covers the incident or getting in touch with the leasing company if you do not outright own the vehicle.
For the full video, please visit the Local 21 News website.
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