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Original Air Date: May 2, 2013
Rent A Car From Facebook Friends
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Wouldn’t it be great if on your next trip instead of renting a car at the airport you can rent a car from your friend?
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.
Peer-to-peer car-sharing service RelayRides is going social. The goal is to get users to rent a car through Facebook using the power of their social network.
RelayRides calls it “Renting Social”, members can now post a Facebook status message that lets friends know they need to rent a car.
The idea is pretty simple: One of your buddies may have an extra car, or happens to be out of town when you need a car, and they might be willing to loan it to you for a price.
RelayRides acts as a middleman in the transaction. The renter pays the company, which in turn, pays the car owner and provides insurance in case of an accident.
The service is currently used in over 1,400 cities across the country, and they hope Facebook integration will help growth by essentially putting it in the News Feeds of people who may not know about it.
Their goal is to have a RelayRides car within a 10-minute walking distance of 100 million Americans by the end of 2015.
Check them out before you travel, and perhaps you can rent your next ride from Ken,
RelayRides is available on Facebook now.
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