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Tesla rental scheme

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by pawel.s, Jun 14, 2017.

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Would you use such a platform?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    6 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. pawel.s

    pawel.s New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post in this forum and I wanted to see what people think about a following ( I will use an Acceptance Criteria from the Software world :) ):

    As a Tesla Owner
    When I travel to a location X ( New York, London, Mumbai, etc. )
    Then I want to be able to drive Tesla like the one I own at home
    And do not pay large fees for that

    As a Tesla Owner
    When I don't use my Tesla
    Then I want to be able to generate some income from it

    (optional - if platform opened to public )

    As a Tesla Enthusiast
    When I don't own a Tesla
    And I would like to have a chance to occasionally drive it
    Then I want to be able to have an easy access to Tesla vehicles rental

    An idea would be to have a platform where users could:
    • Book and rent a Tesla in a location X
    • Rent out their own Tesla on selected dates
    Payments model could be following: ( already used by e.g. skill exchange platforms )
    • Wallet with credit from renting out an own Tesla
    • Walled with credit for Tesla rentals when travelling
    • Credit transferrable between wallets
    • Ability top up/withdraw with CC/Paypal/Bank etc
     
  2. blastum

    blastum Member

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    The existing version of wallet is either cash or bank account (or Paypal, Bank, etc).

    Platforms such as Turo can be used for renting out and renting high end vehicles.

    I've never understood renting out something not intended as a business investment. Too many risks.

    Also, I've never liked BDD style acceptance criteria.
     
  3. pawel.s

    pawel.s New Member

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    The Main concept here is that when you own a Tesla and travel a lot at the same time, you still want to drive one in other locations. Renting out the one that you own would be optional here as I described.

    BDD style acceptance criteria wouldn't be a part of the solution here.
     
  4. pawel.s

    pawel.s New Member

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    This would be optional.
     
  5. BrettS

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    The renting out your own car may be optional, but if you don’t get a significant number of people doing so then where are you going to get all the cars that people can rent?

    Additionally I suspect that you may run into insurance issues. I believe that all normal auto insurance policies specifically prohibit renting out your car to other drivers. Turo provides it’s own insurance for people using it’s service.

    While it’s a nice concept I think that you’re either going to wind up with pretty high prices by the time you take a cut, you pay for a supplemental insurance policy, and pay the owner of the car. I also suspect that the amount going to the owner of the car will be sufficiently small that few people will find it worthwhile and you’ll have very limited availability.

    If you can make it work, more power to you, but I don’t think it’s really viable.
     
  6. Galve2000

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    What is BDD exactly?
     
  7. BrettS

    BrettS Member

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    LMGTFY
     
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  8. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    How is this different from Turo?
     
  9. NeverFollow

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    Interesting idea, but might be a little difficult or costly to implement.
    (I mean covering in details issues such as liability insurance, properties damage,.... )

    Also delivery issue if a little remote from a major international airport.
    (Could the car been parked at the airport in advance and the renter would use a phone app to open the car)

    This model would be more appropriate for a long term rental.
    (Few weeks instead of few days)

    I was thinking a an additional value for people exchanging home for vacation,
    and looking for having a Tesla (or any EV) as an additional criteria.
     
  10. cgiGuy

    cgiGuy Active Member

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    I would be more inclined to participate (renting out my own) if I knew that only other Tesla owners would be using it. A closed community, less likely to have "let's see what this thing can do" test drivers.

    I'm going on a trip to DFW area this weekend for a friend's retirement ceremony from the Air Force and wanted to drive him to the ceremony in style (Model X to accommodate family members). Looked at Turo. One is "reasonable" at $200 a day, but still too much when it will sit most of the time. Others are up to $500 a day. Not dropping a car payment on a 3-day rental.
     

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