In the same way that you can share your living space, you can also share your ride. Yes, the sharing community has figured out this convenience as well! We all know about the cool rideshare services such as Lyft, Zipcar, RelayRides and Uber. Each has its own pros and cons but the strategy is to assist with our busy lives today by bringing ease and accessibility to the mobility aspect. Each service has its loyalists and fans but depending on your location and other preferences, a certain service might work better for you than its competitors in the market. All said and done, if your dream car is what you want, then that is what you will get!
Since I have never enjoyed driving, I definitely prefer someone else driving me to my desired destination. But if you want to drive up to some VIP event in a much-adored Range Rover, Porsche or Lamborghini then RelayRides is the way to go. We all know that trying to pretend to be someone you’re not is never advised. But if you want to treat someone special for a beautiful drive down the coast of California, a nice Porsche convertible might be the perfect addition for your trip.
With RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace, private car-owners can rent out their vehicles via an online interface. Vehicle owners set their own prices so that translates to reduced rental costs for you when compared to other car sharing services. What’s even better is that well before your desire for the material object wears off, you have already willingly given the vehicle back to its owner. To me, this is the best of both worlds - You can rest assured that you didn't attempt to buy something that is utterly ridiculous and you made a smart financial decision. However, you can satisfy your passion for the latest machines by renting such a vehicle every now and then. It’s a win-win for everyone - the owner, the renter, and the joy that is released into the universe.
You can still choose to go the traditional car rental route, but it’s difficult and expensive to find one that suits your needs and budget at any given time. It is also impractical to maintain the vehicle in accordance with all the rules and regulations stipulated in the contract you sign with the car rental company. Costs vary across markets, car models and rental times so trying to decide on exactly which company is giving you the best bang for your buck might sometimes be a mind-boggling experience. References from friends and crowd-sourced review sites might be your only aid in such a case. Some car rental companies might have a stronghold in a certain market so if your preferred provider does not have sufficient representation in the area, the limited pick-up and drop-off points might prove more an inconvenience than an asset to your lifestyle design.
An absolute no-cost option to you is to exchange your ride with a friend or acquaintance that owns a vehicle you would like to experience for a few days. Especially if this is a vehicle that will be sitting idle while your contact travels then being able to keep the car in working condition and undertaking responsibility for their property might be a good arrangement that works in your favor as well as theirs. Of course, nothing stands in the way of you purchasing your dream car for the full satisfaction of owning the mean machine you have always wanted. But all of the options above are helpful in ensuring you make an educated choice as to where you put your money and the make, model and brand you invest in for the long run.
Driving your dream car is no more a dream. Today’s sharing economy has turned it into a reality. At the click of a button or swipe of an app on your mobile phone, the vehicle you have always wanted to drive is all yours for the experience. Enjoy this newfound convenience – the options are only going to increase…safe driving!