Car hire through your neighbours
Organisation URL: www.snappcar.nl
Cars are very seldom in use all of the time, and that means parking spaces and garages are full while owners keep bearing the costs of ownership. In fact, in Europe alone there are 250 million cars standing idle for the vast majority of the day. If even 1% could be used by other drivers it would offset some costs, free up spaces, and potentially provide cheaper modes of transport than renting cars.
These 250,000 European cars are the first targets of Dutch start-up SnappCar. The online marketplace links up car owners with their neighbours, tourists, and anybody who needs a rental in a community of collaborative drivers. SnappCar provides insurance for damage and breakdowns, with support and replacement vehicles at the ready if needed. All details of all parties are carefully checked to avoid fraud and ensure safety, and cars are often 30–50% cheaper than traditional car rentals.
SnappCar has brought 70,000 drivers together through the service, with over 10,000 cars available to hire in 2014. Total annual rental income was around €2m (£1.47m) and, of course, much of that went to the individuals hiring out their vehicles.
The benefits of car-sharing are not purely financial, or good news for car parks. More drivers per car means fewer cars, and the current and potential CO2 savings from SnappCar add up to a better environment for us all.
The company aims for a smarter way to approach collaborative consumption, and the first 1% of European cars is just the beginning. With safe, insured vehicles to hire, you can help jump-start the peer-to-peer car sharing revolution and save money along the way. Check out their website for more details.
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Last updated: 14th of September, 2015