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Discussion in 'Model S' started by Quickturtle, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Quickturtle

    Quickturtle Member

    Jul 2, 2018
    San Francisco
    I'm curious what people's recent experiences here are about renting their cars out on Turo (haven't seen any recent threads on this). Is it a reasonable source of income or is the risk to the vehicle's condition too great? Does one have ways of controlling whether those who ride it are reasonable, or does the app provide little-no information on them?
  2. Chancellor32

    Chancellor32 Member

    May 10, 2018
    Queen Creek, AZ
    I think it greatly depends on where you live. In SF might be pretty good! I personally planned on doing Turo but after a week with my car the thought of letting anyone else drive it seemed nuts to me. I know through TURO you can control who you rent it too but even if you made enough to cover your payment and then some all it takes is one accident and now your car is damaged and lost a good chunk of its value. No amount of money is worth that for me!
  3. davinci2017

    davinci2017 Member

    Feb 3, 2017
    Milpitas, CA, USA
    I dont know, simple things are tough to keep track of and inspect/monitor. If you are picky about the overall condition of your car, then it wont work
    if you tend to ignore minor scuffs/scratches, curb rashes, interior marks etc then sure it might work for you. Really depends on the individual IMO, you just cannot control everything and a curb rash is easy to miss on casual inspection until the car wash and you go "wait when did this happen???"
  4. Evil Twin

    Evil Twin Member

    Feb 21, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Wow, I'm cautious letting a valet park my car.
  5. Bebop

    Bebop Active Member

    Jun 25, 2017
    #5 Bebop, Aug 10, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
    It’s been great. I did have 1-2 bad experiences (not damage related at all). I learned from those experiences and made some changes. But overall it’s been cool. For the most part, the people I deal with are people who respect the car and rules I set place. Turo does set a 30+ age requirment to rent out high end cars, Tesla cars being one of them. Though anyone who is 25-29 can rent but with a $1k refundable deposit at booking. No one under 25 is allowed to rent.

    Another key aspect is to trust your instincts and do not be afraid to question someone. I’m very picky in terms of who’s requests I accept and that is a big part of the success I have had in terms of lack of any damage. I’ve denied plenty of requests. You don’t have to accept every single request. The app does provide SOME info but it’s all on you to do due diligence.

    I’m at an advantage because I have the whole car wrapped in a clear bra. That has been absolutely worth every penny for me personally (for my own driving) and from renting out the car. If you don’t have at least the front half of your car wrapped in film, I’d be hesitant to rent out the car.

    I would imagine you being in San Francisco it would work out pretty well. Where you live really matters too. It’s worth maybe doing one or two bookings worth to see if it’s for you/if you like it.

    One time I rented out my car to someone who actually works at Fremont. They flew in to Chicago for holiday. Out of that I got a hookup for a private extensive Model 3 production tour next time I’m in the Bay Area :) So you never know who you might deal with.
  6. Cheburashka

    Cheburashka Active Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    Los Gatos, CA
    I rented a MS from Turo recently for a road trip. The trunk was bent from the previous owner who couldn't judge the size of the car.

    That said, I cleaned and washed it before returning it and treated it like it was my car.

    If you're really attached to your car for whatever reason, I wouldn't recommend it. Otherwise, just have to be aware that damage can and probably will happen on a car of this size.
  7. Ulmo

    Ulmo Active Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Vienna Woods, Aptos, California
    Warning about scammers renting their cars on Turo:

    Scammers use Turo to rent their cars. Be warned. They change their schedules, claim you showed up late when they were the ones late, claim you returned their car dirty when you return it clean, don't let you extend your rental even though all other rental companies let you do that, charge you a whole day for a few minutes more, many more fees they tack on, rent you a damaged car that drives horribly and claimed you were the one who damaged it, etc. When appealing to Turo, they side with the car owner EVERY TIME, never with the customer.

    Warning complete.
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