Creeped out by Uber? Ditch the driver: a peer-to-peer car rental service is turning its attention to the business market.
We mentioned DriveMyCar in passing when reporting on the PeerPass service that provides speedy identity and credit checks on individuals applying to join sharing services. Since DriveMyCar was originally aimed at private hirers, we didn't take it any further.
But that's now changed with the introduction of DriveMyCar: Business that aims to meet the needs of business hirers, with rental periods from seven days to 12 months. So it's not much use if you're going to another city for a couple of days to visit suppliers or to participate in a trade show, but it could be handy if your business was highly seasonal and you only need a ute or 4WD for a few months of the year.
If a 12 month rental seems a long time for a true peer-to-peer arrangement, some people do get sent overseas by their employers for an extended assignment, and this could be a profitable alternative to leaving their car in the garage. Additionally, DriveMyCar: Business can source vehicles from fleet specialist InterLeasing.
Business-specific features of the service include dedicated account managers for corporate customers, detailed statements, and delivery and pickup services for certain vehicles - but initially only within 10km of the Sydney CBD.
Prices start at $21 per day, including insurance, roadside assistance and where applicable servicing. Discounts apply to longer hires. DriveMyCar claims its prices are up to 62 percent cheaper than traditional car rental companies, but that is difficult to verify because pricing in this business seem to depend on exactly where and when you want to hire, not just what and for how long.
Vehicles range from small hatchbacks to sports cars, utes, 4WDs and luxury sedans.