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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Make money renting your car while you travel

Like Airbnb for cars, FC's a peer-to-peer auto-sharing service from a trio of college dropouts (MIT, Harvard, and, ugh, Princeton) that lets you rent your car (and score free parking at Logan!!) while away on vacation, or on business, or at your cousin's graduation from ITT Tech.
Here's how it works:
Option 1: "List Your Awesome Car"
After listing your ride and relevant specs on their site (it must be a 1999 or newer model w/ fewer than 150k miles -- and not worth more than $60 grand), call while en route before dropping it at their East Boston lot. After chauffeuring you to the terminal and potentially providing a goodbye hug, they'll wash your wheels and try to rent 'em. If somebody bites on your '04 Neon with a "fitful" transmission, well, consider yourself the proud winner of $10 a day in gas cards. If not, well, then you just scored gratis parking (at $27 a day) for the duration of your trip to Cancun. Win. Win.

Option 2: "Rent a Sweet Ride"
Or... headed to the Cape this weekend and not down with Enterprise's sometimes-kind-of-over-the-top enthusiastic customer service? Understandable. Then rent the Taurus of some dude who's away in Cancun and score up to half-off what you'd pay for a standard rental. Only difference: a) you can be 18 (!!), b) they do a three-year check of your driving record, and c) you only get 90mi a day. But... they do throw in a free insurance, GPS, and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Now, do you enjoy watching narrated promotional videos that explain how things work using fun graphics & catchy music? Yes? Good -- then pull up a chair next to your sweet, sweet Neon and make with the watching.