There are many reasons why one might not want to rent a car from a traditional rental car company when traveling. Maybe you’re bringing sports equipment that won’t fit into a standard rental, or you want to blend in with the locals to prevent break-ins, or you might even need AWD to cover some difficult terrain.
These were the factors on Gabriela Aoun's mind when she tried car-sharing app Turo, which allows car owners to rent their personal vehicles to travelers.
Gabriela was going to Hawaii with two 9’6″ surfboards that she wanted to fit inside her vehicle (and not have to strap to the roof). She wasn’t interested in driving a car that screamed “out-of-towner” in certain beach lots known for break-ins, and she wanted the option of driving on roads where having all-wheel drive could be helpful.
So, Gabriela searched Turo.com. She could search based on vehicle-type (including hybrid/EV), transmission, make, year, color, and features — like bike or ski racks. And she could even add a filter to only see cars available for airport curbside delivery (goodbye rental car shuttles).
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