Should I Put My Car On Turo?

Should I Put My Car On Turo?

The makers of Turo must’ve thought, “what if we made AirBnb, but for cars?”

That’s pretty much what this platform is: car sharing software that allows you to rent your ride to others seeking an easier and more affordable way to travel. Whether for people going to and fro in their hometown or business folks navigating the city, the platform flouts its capacity to keep people away from the inconvenience of the rental counter while saving them money.

But is Turo all that it’s cracked up to be? For the most part, yes.

How it works

If you’re looking to rent a car on Turo, you can browse by car category or destination. The options are wild, and I really mean that. Just look at the Mortymobile, a Turo X Adult Swim collaboration!

If you’re listing your car on Turo (which is free, unless you choose to invest in physical damage protection), you set your own price and list the ground rules for your vehicle’s use. For example, you may not want people to smoke inside your ride. Hosts are able to customize when the car is available, too.

The company boasts 24/7 customer support. I’ve heard reviews on both sides of the spectrum in regards to the quality, so you may want to get in touch with the support team and see how the interaction goes to determine whether you like their style. That’s good practice with any brand you choose to do business with, to be honest.

Passive income has its perks

Passive income has its perks

Every little bit of money counts, especially now. Technically, you’re really not working while earning money. Of course, you need to invest in your vehicle to keep it clean and maintain its quality. But overall, you’re reaping a pretty high reward.

Just know that the reviews are a two-way street, so you really need to deliver what you say you’ll deliver if you’re hoping to keep it up for the long term.

As much as I respect the hustle, I know that passive income is a smart way to supplement your existing income. You’re ultimately monetizing your time at a higher rate, and these things add up. You could reinvest some money into upgrading your vehicle, too — even when your stimulus check is long gone.

Turo’s insurance practices

Turo Insurance Agency works with Liberty Mutual Insurance to cover hosted vehicles. For hosts, they claim to offer $1 million in liability, but their physical damage protection is a separate thing. That’s where you choose your level of protection and cough up a fee with the promise of “contractual reimbursement” if your car is affected during the trip.

It’s up to you which level of insurance you get — you’ll want to balance it with your vehicle’s projected value — but I recommend taking the high road whenever possible.

Health & safety in the car sharing world

Health & safety in the car sharing world

With viruses and bacteria a major concern these days, it’s only right to check up on Turo’s updated policies in the contemporary era. On April 30, they posted an update encouraging people to prioritize local trips and disinfect their vehicles. The company offered contactless check-in options as well. You can view their COVID-19 FAQ page for more details.

The one thing about Turo’s response is they put most of the responsibility on the hosts; if you’re going to list, I urge you to take it seriously so you’re not putting others at risk.

Pro tip: stay honest

When reviewing customer sentiment on Turo’s Instagram, there was one thing I noticed people were upset over. They rented vehicles that just didn’t reach the quality they expected, based on the listings they saw.

If you enter the world of Turo as a renter, you inherently run this risk. But if you’re choosing to list your vehicle on the car sharing platform, you have the capacity to list your vehicle at a fair price and be honest about the current state of the car. If you fail to do this for long enough, you won’t have many good reviews, anyway.

The consensus: Turo’s a good option, all things considered

There’s an inherent risk in any venture like this. AirBnb hosts put some level of trust in their guests when they let them enter their home. Even Lyft drivers put themselves out there just as much as their passengers do.

By sharing your car through Turo, you put a certain level of trust into the world. But it seems to me like the benefits outweigh the risks, so long as you invest in premium insurance protections.

When you need cash but are strapped on time, I think listing your vehicle through Turo’s car sharing software isn’t a half-bad idea..

Rachel Curry
"Hey! My name's Rachel Curry and I'm a full-time writer who loves telling the world's stories as much as hanging with my dogs (and that's saying a lot). A University of Delaware graduate, I've traveled extensively, living everywhere from Ireland to Thailand. Bylines include Matador Network and Delaware Today."

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    1. I’ve heard a little about Turo. I even went to the site to get an idea of what it was like. I was waiting on one topic to be discussed in this article; and that is the wear and tear involved in renting out your car. That is one of the hugest things a person first realizes when starting ride sharing. You are now putting a lot more mileage on your car than usual. Allowing renters to take your car on long trips out of the state may have its own risks as well. There is definitely a lot more to take into consideration when thinking about renting out your vehicle.

    2. I’ve never used Turo, but looking at it, it does seem like some prices are a bit higher than expected?

    3. I have a hard time letting anyone drive my truck. This is not for me, but I respect the initiative and the hustle!

    4. From what I have read from Turo users, the insurance from Turo is not very effective. You must take detailed video and pictures before the car is rented each time to ensure Turo does not deny your claim. This would only make sense if you do this with a fleet of vehicles, but not your primary mode of transportation. Also, the prices are less reasonable than standard car rentals when you research the area around you.

    5. Turo looks like a good idea, but I am not sure I want to deal with private people. Nowadays you can book your car with a rental agency and never see anyone just go to where the car is at the airport and get in and leave.

    6. I have heard of Turo. I have not given it too much thought. This maybe something to look into especially when it comes to cutting cost and especially the Mortymobile. Pretty interesting vehicles out there to get you noticed!

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