- I used a peer-to-peer car-sharing app, Turo, for the
first time when I rented a Tesla Model
3 sedan at the end of September.
- While I initially had concerns about pickup and dropoff
logistics, I found the entire rental experience to be more seamless
than I’d expected.
- And I had no problems communicating with the car’s owner.
- I’d definitely consider using Turo again.
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The car-sharing market has
grown rapidly in recent years, from around 350,000 global users
in 2006, to around 7 million in 2015.
The rise of smartphones has only made it easier for people to
rent out their cars when they’re not using them (or to buy a car
specifically for rentals, with the idea of eventually making a
profit off rental income) by helping to facilitate peer-to-peer
car-sharing apps like Turo, Getaround, and Maven.
I used a peer-to-peer car-sharing app, Turo, for the first time
when I rented a Tesla Model 3 sedan at the end of September. While
I initially had concerns about pickup and dropoff logistics, I
found the entire rental experience to be more seamless than I’d
expected. Coordinating my pickup and dropoff required only two
quick phone calls and a handful of text messages.
Here’s what it was like.
The first thing you do on Turo is specify where and when you want
to rent a car.
Then, you’re shown a list of available vehicles.
You can sort by price, brand, color, and size, among other
Once you select a vehicle, you can look at photos, features, and
reviews from previous renters.
Then you choose your preferred level of insurance and make your
Right after I made my reservation, I received a message from the
Model 3’s owner with instructions about where and how to pick up
My rental involved a remote handoff, which meant I never met the
owner in person.
Before beginning the rental process, I had been slightly worried
about coordinating the pickup and dropoff processes. My apartment
was about an hour away from the pickup point via public transit, so
the ability to do a remote handoff meant I didn’t have to worry
about keeping the owner waiting.
To unlock the car, I first had to take and upload a number of
interior and exterior photos to document its condition.
Then I called the car’s owner, who unlocked it remotely.
When it came time to return the car, I followed a similar
I drove it back to the garage where I picked it up.
Then I took photos of the interior, exterior, and battery level
before plugging it in to one of the Tesla Supercharger stalls in
I was able to lock the Model 3 by pressing a button on the
touchscreen and leaving the key in the car.
Later that day, I was charged about $20 for the electricity I used
when charging the Model 3.
Overall, I was happy with my experience using Turo.
I had no problems navigating the app, picking up and returning
the car, or communicating with the car’s owner. I’d definitely
consider using Turo again.
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