Turo Review

A true peer-to-peer platform, Turo enables you to rent a vehicle from another person or rent out your idle car for passive income. Short trip takers will want to avoid Turo, as the service is most cost-efficient for longer rentals.

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The Good

Easy-to-use peer-to-peer service

With Turo, you can rent any type of vehicle from another person or rent out your car that’s collecting dust in your garage. You reserve a car online or through the app, meet the owner, get the keys, and be on your way. For owners, this is a great way to make some extra cash if you don’t need your car. For renters, Turo comes in handy if you need a car and want easy access to one for a potentially affordable price.

Avoid airport parking fees

If you’re heading out for vacation or a business trip from the San Francisco Airport, you can drive to the airport and let Turo rent out your vehicle so you avoid long-term parking fees. Your car gets rented out to an incoming traveler and returned before you get back. When you get back, simply check in with the parking attendant, get the keys, hop in your freshly washed car, and head home. Using this service, you make money instead of spending it.

Many vehicle options and flexible terms

Because Turo is a peer-to-peer platform, you’re likely to encounter many more vehicle options than with other services. You can rent a regular SUV or a Tesla — it all depends on who’s renting out their cars near you. Check the app or website at any time to make the perfect reservation. When you pick up the keys, check with the owner about return times or other terms for better flexibility.

Owners control who rents their vehicle

Like internet dating for your car, renting out your vehicle to a total stranger can be nerve-wracking. Luckily, with Turo, each renter has a profile and is prescreened by the company. Take a look at the profile and decide for yourself. You, as the car owner, have final say on who rents your vehicle and hold the power to say no to a sketchy character.

The Bad

No rates for short trips

Turo only offers daily or weekly rates, so the service is not suited for someone looking for a few hours’ rental because you are charged the daily rate at minimum. In this way, using Turo to run quick errands is not recommended. To get the best bang for your buck out of Turo, a day-long or multi-day trip is optimal. Alternatively, Car2Go is a great option for very short trips because they offer a per-minute charge.

Gas not included

Most other car share services generally give you a prepaid gas card so you can fuel up, but Turo policy requires you to replace the gas used on your trip out of pocket. Not only is this an inconvenience but it’s also a substantial added cost, especially for longer trips.

The Details

General Info

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Availability: Select U.S. cities in 49 states
  • Free Daily Mileage Limit: 100 - Unlimited

Rates And Fees

  • Annual Fee: None
  • Cancellation Fee: Up to full trip amount
  • Daily Rate: $20 - $150+
  • Damage Fee: $500 - $2,500
  • Deposit: $500
  • Excess Mileage Fee: $0.75/mile
  • Hourly Rate: N/A
  • Late Fee: $50/hour
  • Low Fuel Fee: $25
  • No-Show Fee: None
  • One-Time Sign Up Fee: None

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