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One Car-Sharing Service Expands To Houston

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Cicely C. Mitchell — It’s the first peer-to-peer car rental network in the country. Now it is apart of Houston.

RelayRides is the company that claims to connect people who need cars with people who own cars, and those car-owners are comfortable renting their cars to complete strangers.

Founder Shelby Clark says that the company offers  a service that will eliminate the need for car-seekers to visit the airport or another entity in search of a car to utilize for a few hours or a few days.

Clark also says that there is a forthcoming app that would allow renters of certain cars to gain access without the owner having to be there.

With rates beginning at an average of $8/hour, that price is doubled for large trucks, vans, or luxury vehicles.

Clark began RelayRides in Boston in the summer of 2010; it has been expanded to San Francisco and went national Monday morning.

As of Monday, there were no cars yet available for peer-to-peer rentals in Houston.

According to Clark, the goal is to get at least 50 to 100 cars in the local database system.

Clark also reports that car owners stand to make an average of $250 a month letting people use their cars.

In the instance a car is wrecked or stolen, it’s covered by a million-dollar insurance policy.

CLICK HERE to visit the RelayRides website!

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