Zipcar Got You Down? Check out these Top Three Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing Sites

You can drive around all day in this Jaguar XK8 Convertible, and never have to deal with owning a Jaguar.
If you live in a major city, you're well aware that car ownership is a laborious chore. I recently recieved a six month insurance quote for a 1989 BMW 325is that was a half the value of the car I was trying to purchase. "Yeah that makes sense, hold on while I grab my credit card, Geico." So what's an urbanite to do if they need a car to get out to a party in the middle of nowhere, or buy some cool home accessories from a trendy furniture store that "doesn't believe" in delivery service? Please allow us to suggest an alternative: peer-to-peer car sharing. Until now there have only been two options if you needed a car last minute: renting one or signing up with Zipcar. The problem is, renting a car is an expensive hassle for a day unless you're drug dealer. While Zipcar can be expensive (less so than renting) and incredibly annoying especially if you need a car on the weekend and aren't already a member. Worse, you have to drive around with the dorky green Zipcar logo emblazoned on the the doors. Peer-to-peer car sharing sites function similarly to Zipcar for a lot less money (as low as $4.00 per hour), and often feature cooler cars. Basically you can sign up and rent a car for however long you need it (typically one hour to a day), and return it when you're done. Effectively passing on the headaches of ownership and long term responsibilities to someone else. It's kind of being like an aunt or an uncle, except the cars don't cry when you ask them to carry your new IKEA wardrobe back to your snazzy apartment. So far user feedback from these peer-to-peer car sharing sites has been positive, with the only exception being a luxury peer-to-peer car sharing service that was at the center of  a string of high-end car thefts. Here's the breakdown of the top 3 P2P sharing services, and why they rock: 3) Wheelz
Zipcar Got You Down? Check out these Top Three Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing Sites
Located only in the SF area, they have a great web app that's easy to use. There are also some interesting older cars listed as well: like a 1998 BMW 7 Series, VW GTi, a red Volvo 850 station wagon with a rear facing seat, and an older BMW 3 series. We're not sure how reliable these cars are, the Volvo claims that the ABS light comes on for no reason, but we'd rather be stranded in one of these than drive around in a Toyota Prius  from Zipcar. 2) Getaround
Zipcar Got You Down? Check out these Top Three Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing Sites
We'd give these guys first place purely based on the fact that they have an Aston Martin giveaway. Unfortunately Getaround is only available in California, Oregon, Texas and Ilinois. However, they do have some Tesla Roadsters listed for significantly less  ($500 per day) than what it would cost to rent a Lamborghini or Ferrari of equal performance. 1) Relay Rides
Zipcar Got You Down? Check out these Top Three Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing Sites
The largest of the peer-to-peer car sharing sites, Relay Rides is available in most major cities and is expanding quickly. More importantly it's legit, and has a pretty good insurance policy (up to $1 million worth) to protect car owners. Also being that big means that owners can make some serious cash renting their cars; as much as $1,000 a month according to Relay Rides. Not bad, maybe that's why there's a BMW M6 , and a Porsche Boxster available for rent here in NY. Still curious about peer-to-peer car sharing? Check out the conversation about the technicalities, personal stories and more at The New York Times. Source: Yahoo! News, Wheelz, Getaround, RelayRides

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