Yourdrive.co.nz, dubbed ‘the AirBnB of car rentals,’ is leading the way for car-sharing in New Zealand, giving Kiwis increased options around car use. Yourdrive is built on the ‘sharing economy’ model and connects a flourishing database of car renters with car owners in nearby neighbourhoods.
Yourdrive founder Oscar Ellison is focused on making car rental experiences personable, convenient and accessible to everyone.
“What we’ve found is that a lot of people are moving away from car ownership as they live in more dense areas, have better access to public transport or don’t want the ongoing costs that come with owning their own vehicles. They enjoy having the freedom to select a car they’d like to drive and renting directly from locals, whenever they need a car. Whether it be a day trip, a Christmas shopping excursion, or a summer holiday getaway, there is a growing shift towards car sharing globally,” says Ellison.
“With the holiday season just around the corner, New Zealand car owners have a convenient way to make money off their vehicles when they aren’t using them – they can turn an idle ride into an earning asset.”
Using the online platform, people can search for vehicles located in areas they are travelling to, or rent from locals in their neighbourhood. They then meet at an agreed location to hand over the keys, which often also leads to the exchange of local knowledge and journey tips.
While car sharing is practical, and provides a sense of community, the advantages don’t stop there – it can be a lucrative side-earner. Depending on the value, make and model of a vehicle (which determines the recommended rental rate), an owner could earn up to $10,000 a year by renting out their car through Yourdrive.
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