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#14 of 20 GM's getting in the act
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 17, 2012 (11:24 am)
"Nearly 6 million of General Motors Co.'s OnStar subscribers will be able to rent their GM vehicles through the car-sharing business RelayRides and avoid the hassle of meeting renters in person to give them keys.
The two companies say the partnership, which will be announced today, allows owners of GM vehicles to rent their cars or trucks to other people for extra cash. OnStar gave RelayRides permission to develop technology that allows renters to unlock OnStar-equipped vehicles through smartphone or by replying to text messages."
OnStar to soon offer car-sharing (Detroit News)
#15 of 20 Re: GM's getting in the act [steve_]
Jul 19, 2012 (6:37 am)
Maybe I can try out a Volt this way to see if it is "all that!"
#16 of 20 Re: GM's getting in the act [lemko]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 19, 2012 (6:49 am)
Now that you mention it, a Volt owner probably would enjoy a lot of rental income from people wanting to tool around in an electric rig.
Jan 02, 2013 (11:59 am)
Good read on why a good idea didn't work; not big enough to buy cars cheap enough for the fleet it sounds like. Not enough customers either.
"Zipcar was a prodigious money-loser. Funding growth around the world, it never once turned a profit, losing about $55 million since 2007. And the entry of behemoth Hertz made its task all the more costly."
Zipcar: Entrepreneurial Genius, Public-Company Failure (WSJ.com)
#20 of 20 Re: Avis buys Zipcar [steve_]
Jan 13, 2013 (10:56 pm)
I considered the service, especially when the company parked two vehicles at my work site. Over the breakdowns I had over the the past two years, I've found that the sites where the company put their cars were simply too inconvenient to reach, and few in number. I typically use the major car rental business in my neighborhood, and the car dealerships I go to have a rental office nearby.
It did not help when the two cars at my work site was reduced to one due to a catastrophic event, undoubtedly. It has been that way for many months, and I'm not going to fight for the use of one vehicle.