Car-hire apps: pay less to drive more

Home Technologist 10 Car-hire apps: pay less to drive more

A car is still one of the most expensive purchases people make. But a number of apps and websites are now available to let people drive for less.

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images-1Drivy, the innovator

France, 2010

Service

Peer-to-peer, either to rent someone else’s vehicle or to make your own available.

Financing

€43.3 million

Available in

France, Germany, Spain, Austria and Belgium

Users

1 million

Cost

€29 per day on average. No variation based on supply and demand. 30 per cent commission paid by owners.

Strong point

Invests heavily in R&D, which has led to the development of a smartphone-activated system to unlock cars. @drivy


imagesGomore, the supporter

Denmark, 2011

Service

Peer-to-peer car hire, ridesharing and private leasing.

Financing

€1.8 million

Available in

Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark

Users

1.3 million

Cost

Ride-sharing service without fees. Car hire from €25 per day. Commission of approximately 30 per cent paid by owners.

Strong point

The only platform in Europe that leases cars for up to six months. @gomore


cario_logo_rgb_litum_vixladCario, the attraction

Iceland, 2014 

Service

Car hire mainly for tourists.

Financing

None

Available in

Iceland

Users

750 cars for hire

Cost

From €49 to €377 per day depending on the vehicle and the season. Commission of approximately 25 per cent paid by owners.

Strong point

Niche service to reduce the astronomical cost of holidays in Iceland.


images-2Blablacar, the leader

France, 2006

Service

The world’s leading long-distance ride-sharing provider, letting people travel with total strangers.

Financing

€306.7 million

Available in

22 countries worldwide

Users

30 million

Cost

The driver can charge 1.5 times the actual cost of the trip divided among the passengers. Set commission of €0.89 and 11.88% of the total amount of the trip for the owners.

Strong point

Its extensive offer. @blablacar

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