Renting a Car From Turo

AirBnB and VRBO are perhaps the most well-known property sharing/rental companies. In many cities, many people opt for renting a room or a whole house through these companies instead of a hotel. However, that leaves a potentially major problem for your trip, unaddressed.

How do you get around when your rental is not near public transit or where ride-sharing services? Enter, Turo.

What is Turo?

Like AirBnB and VRBO, Turo is a sharing service where hosts in certain cities can offer their vehicles for short-term rental to travelers looking to have complete control over their transportation while on vacation. This freedom can provide many more opportunities on the trip as you are not tied-down to public transit or ride-sharing schedules.

After signing up for an account on Turo, all you need to do is search for the availability of the car of your choice, in whatever your destination city might be. Turo even allows travelers to search for vehicles based on make and model, so you know you will get exactly what you want.

How Is This Different Than Normal Car Rental?

Car rental companies have to earn a profit, along with coverage for any business fees and overhead. Turo, on the other hand, simply deducts a small percentage of the rental fee, set by the host. This significantly reduces the overall cost of the rental and in most cases, starts at $25.

Convenience

One of the best perks of Turo is the convenience of having the car delivered where you decide, as well as allowing you to drop it off wherever works best for your vacation plans. Most hosts of Turo offer free delivery of the vehicle within a reasonable range of their location. Options such as this are all spelled out up-front before you agree to the rental.

How Does It Work For Hosts?

As easy as renting a car from Turo is hosting or offering  a vehicle for rental to travelers is just about as simple. Turo offers several plans based on several options the host chooses.

Beginning at the “60 Plan”, the host gets 60% of the rental fee paid for by the traveler. In return, Turo and their contracted insurance company offer the best accident, wear and tear, and liability coverage.

Hosts can select from several plans from there, with a max income of 90% of the total rental fee. While this plan gives the host the most money of any of the options, it also comes with the lowest accident and liability coverage and does not include any reimbursement for wear and tear.

Are Travelers Covered?

Like regular rental car companies Turo offers accident and liability insurance protection at an additional fee. While you have the option to decline tha dditional coverage, it is worth looking at the three options to see if one might fit your budget while covering you in case of an accident or collision.

Coverage Plans

The plan with the least coverage, along with the lowest fee, is the minimum plan. Depending on the total cost of your trip, this plan costs either 18% or 25% of the total cost. There is still a decent amount of coverage with this plan. And depending on what your auto insurance covers for rentals, this might be the best option for you.

From there, the Standard and Premier plans come in at 40% and 65% of the total cost of the trip. These plans are secondary to your insurance but offer great coverage. With the Standard plan, your responsibility for physical damage will not exceed $500. With the Premier plan, you would not pay anything.

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