First there were car sharing sites.
Now, apparently, there’s RelayRides, where you can rent out your car to others and rake in some cash while it would otherwise be sitting idle.
Personally, I see it as all part of the trend toward microtasking and toward self-monetisation, but you might perceive things differently.
The point is that, according to their marketing peeps, the average member is pulling $240 a month, with top earners more than doubling that.
Car owners are apparently protected with a $1 million insurance policy, and can review potential renters before approving a request.
“At RelayRides, we empower owners to offset the cost of vehicle ownership, while enabling renters who chose to forgo ownership to remain mobile.” I like the idea, but sadly, I can’t test it out, being all the way down here in New Zealand. But if anyone has tried it out, or is now thinking about it, let us know how your experience was.
RelayRides has also offered me a $50 credit to give away to a reader, which (obviously) is to be used to rent a vehicle through its marketplace. Leave a comment if you’re interested!