Getaround owner Elizabeth Seal found the perfect way to keep her car close to home – by sharing it on Getaround.
“Although I owned a car,” Liz shared, “it had become too expensive to keep it in the city, so I left it parked at my parents’ house while I considered getting rid of it altogether.”
When it dawned on Liz that she could share her car on Getaround, how she thought about her car changed, too. “I realized,” she said, “that I could afford to keep [my car] in the city because the parking would pay for itself.”
Liz now shares her 2012 white Fiat 500 with the Getaround community, parked in a dedicated Getaround spot just two blocks away from her apartment.
Like many Getaround owners, Liz had to overcome some hesitation about sharing her car with strangers. “I was skeptical about letting so many strangers drive my car,” she said, “thinking that they would trash it and it would become a burden to upkeep.”
Nearly six months later, Liz has found herself, she shared, “pleasantly surprised by how respectful drivers have been!”
“Besides the occasional gum wrapper or pair of shoes left behind, ” she laughed, “renters seem to be treating my car as if it were their own.”
What Liz enjoys most about sharing her car is that the benefits of carsharing are split equally between the renter and the owner. “I like knowing that the benefits of sharing are mutual,” she said. “It’s literally a win-win all around.”
“Getaround makes it easy for renters and owners to communicate with each other,” she continued.
“I’ve had friends of friends come up to me,” she smiled, “and tell me that they’ve seen my car on Getaround. I always ask them, ‘Well, have you rented it?’”
After paying for her dedicated Getaround parking spot, Liz has still earnings left over. Sharing her car on Getaround, Liz said, “allows me to keep my car on close to home and put some extra cash in my savings each month.”
With nearly six months of carsharing under her belt, Liz shared her best advice for current, and future, owners:
- “Keep your car clean. If you respect your car, so will your renters!”
- “Keep your own records and check your car after each renter. That way, there are never any questions about excess mileage, unfilled gas, and/or responsibility for damages.”
- “Communicate with your renters before and/or after their rental period. Doing so helps to add a level of accountability.”
You can rent Liz’s Fiat 500 in San Francisco for $9.50/hour or $76/day.
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