Hire your car out for money with easyCar (what countless things could possibly go wrong?)

12 December 2011

carBrent Hoberman, the founder of Lastminute.com and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou of easyJet, are tag-teaming with a new venture that allows you motorists to rent out your horrible cars when they're not being used.

Launching next year under the easyCar (yes, the name has already been used) monicker, the scheme will see you plebs using smart phone apps to book the use of a neighbour’s vehicles during designated time slots.

Haji-Ioannou said the new scheme “could prove to be the future of car rental and ownership in cities of the future”.

“Rather than having to buy the cars to be rented and pay the ownership costs, this business model relies on the fact that there are plenty of under-used cars on the road already, and that is lazy capital that can be put to work again,” he said.

Insurance for the vehicles will be arranged by easyCar and car owners will be allowed to set the rental price of their own cars.

Cars will also be fitted with automatic entry and tracker systems. What could possibly go wrong?

TOPICS:   Mobile   Motoring

11 comments

  • Claire
    It's not a new idea - Zipcar have been around for a while.
  • Dick
    A turd on the driver's seat and a dog's head in the glove box.
  • Gav
    OMG. Like I'm going to let some tosser rev the nads off my car. This has to be the dumbest motoring idea since the Sinclair C5.
  • Mike H.
    I already 'borrow' the neighbors car. He doesn't know, of course. I go and pick up his wife at work during her lunch break, then drive to the woods and fuck the living shit out of her. Everyone's happy.
  • Brian's U.
    I could just buy a cheap banger and rent it out whilst I am at work. No way am I renting out my pride and joy to a stranger.
  • Noghar
    As a student I went on holiday in Italy twenty years ago and rented a local person's car to drive around and tour the place. After one half-hour journey I noticed a lot of blue smoke behind the car and realised I'd been driving with the handbrake on. Of course I didn't even admit it to the other passengers, never mind the car's owner. Today there is no effing way I would ever rent my car out to a twat like me. This idea stinks like a Turkish toilet.
  • Darren
    99% of the cards being rented out will be Loser-mobiles or lower. no one in their right mind would rent out a nice car. I guess it depends how much they get in rental money. As for ZipCar, I find their prices rather expensive for what you get. and they are not in enough locations, whereas this idea might open the market up a bit more. I guess it could work, as long as some pricing guidelines are in place, and you have to prove you left the car in the same condition as you found it which is not possible mechanically.
  • wanker
    I have several cards to rent out including some nice xmas ones.
  • meester s.
    OK.. How much will they pay? Does it need to be insured anyway? Can I, for example, buy the cheapest highest mileaged piece of crap that was once delivering pizzas driven by my immigrant friend, who was taught to drive by a camel herder in Afganistan? (Im talking like at least £8 worth of motor here). I can get it MOTd at the same place the above driver took it to last year (as I am sure it will pass with the Pedigree of a Learjet there - his 2nd cousin is married to the MOT tester and he will have another car "handy" so it can pass the brake and emission parts of the test), I will tax it by insuring it for a week only then cancel and get the money refunded. During that week I will use it for a small whiplash claim after replacing the brake light bulbs with broken ones and finding someone on their phone in a nice car to slam on my brakes in front of - I will do my best to make the damage minimal. My friend Achmed is qualified for repairs as he used to beat the fleas from goat hides. He can do a repair job good enough before any of your hire commences. thank you very much. I await the rates of payment
  • meester s.
    OK.. How much will they pay? Does it need to be insured anyway? Can I, for example, buy the cheapest highest mileaged piece of crap that was once delivering pizzas driven by my immigrant friend, who was taught to drive by a camel herder in Afganistan? (Im talking like at least £8 worth of motor here). I can get it MOTd at the same place the above driver took it to last year (as I am sure it will pass with the Pedigree of a Learjet there - his 2nd cousin is married to the MOT tester and he will have another car "handy" so it can pass the brake and emission parts of the test), I will tax it by insuring it for a week only then cancel and get the money refunded. During that week I will use it for a small whiplash claim after replacing the brake light bulbs with broken ones and finding someone on their phone in a nice car to slam on my brakes in front of - I will do my best to make the damage minimal. My friend Achmed is qualified for repairs as he used to beat the fleas from goat hides. He can do a repair job good enough before any of your hire commences. thank you very much. I await the rates of payment
  • Frank P.
    I might rent my bike out to some wanker when Im not at work catching baddies and being cool. Unless my captain says Im not allowed to do that, then I won't be so smellyarses easybike can fuck off then.

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