GM will let you rent out your vehicle with its new 'Peer Cars' program

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Ride-sharing programs are nothing new - companies like Uber and Lyft have been around for years, despite a few roadblocks they've hit over time. Drivers are able to use their own vehicles to cart passengers from point A to point B, which can be a convenient, reliable source of money depending on their location.

However, General Motors (GM) is looking to challenge the public's current perception of what a vehicle-sharing service can be. Using their Maven platform, GM plans to roll out a peer-to-peer car rental program, appropriately named "Peer Cars."

Peer Cars will enable "owners and eligible lessees" to earn money by letting others use their vehicles.

Unlike Uber and Lyft, Peer Cars will be completely hands-off for a given vehicle's owner. An owner could, for example, rent their car out while they're at work and pick it up again on their way home. Maven could also give drivers the opportunity to make money off of extra vehicles that would otherwise just be sitting in their driveway.

"Your car is one of the most expensive things you own. Sitting idle, it is a wasted asset," said GM's VP of Urban Mobility Julia Steyn. "In this beta, we are excited to offer GM owners the opportunity to capitalize on this demand and earn income by listing their vehicles."

Naturally, renting your car out to strangers carries a certain level of risk. After all, if someone crashes your beloved Cadillac, what recourse do you have? According to GM, the answer is "hefty reimbursement."

By letting others rent your vehicle via the Peer Cars app, you are automatically protected under GM's $1,000,000 insurance policy. Furthermore, all renters are "thoroughly vetted" before they are approved to use Peer Cars, and GM claims it will have 24/7 owner support available for any further concerns.

If GM's assurances have been enough to convince you to try their service out, you might be out of luck. For now, the service is only available to GM vehicle owners in Chicago, Detroit, and Ann Arbor Michigan. However, Peer Cars will launch in "additional U.S." markets sometime this fall.

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cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
The longer my vehicle sits idle in my driveway the longer the lifespan of my vehicle. This will only entice those who normally stay within the warranty time frame. That is before they trade in their vehicle for a newer model. Those that plan on keeping their vehicle for many years to come, will not want just anyone wearing it out.
 
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Reehahs

TS Guru
Does that insurance policy also come with the hassle of dealing with the insurance company?

Would be better if they agreed to offer latest model in replacement if your vehicle gets damaged, putting their money where their mouth is.
 

mailpup

TS Special Forces
To most people their car isn't a comb, it's a toothbrush. You don't let other people use your toothbrush.

Nobody is smoking the clutch, crashing the transmission and kerbing the wheels of my car. Nobody respects a rental.
For that matter, nobody else uses my comb either. :)
 

Shotgunnner

TS Member
Remember how you treated that last car you rented? Imagine having to deal with the insurance company when it gets damaged? No thanks.
 
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dob_1

TS Booster
Remember how you treated that last car you rented? Imagine having to deal with the insurance company when it gets damaged? No thanks.
For myself I have to say I treated my last rental car with the same care and respect I give to my own vehicles - and I think most people who rent cars do too.
The problem is you might have 99 good experiences, you only need 1 bad one and your car is off the road just when you need it! Insurance is good and allows repairs / replacement, but the inconvenience is what would hurt the most.
 
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