MSE Blog: Why I’ve started borrowing my neighbour’s car

"Since moving to London I rarely need to drive anywhere as the time and cost of doing so isn’t worth it. But recently..."



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  • bod1467
    bod1467 Posts: 15,214 Forumite
    What’s more, if you have a car you don’t drive often, joining the service could be a good way to make some extra cash. The company I went with takes a 10% cut of the rental price and drivers keep the rest.

    Don't you mean owners?
  • daltonss
    daltonss Posts: 76 Forumite
    check out Zipcar. It's in London and has thousands of cars parked around everywhere for you to use whenever you want. I was a member for a year and had the pleasure of driving Golf and 1 series
  • Would never allow anyone to drive my cars.
  • Herzlos
    Herzlos Posts: 14,682 Forumite
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    certainly not for £22.50 a day
  • nomoneytoday
    nomoneytoday Posts: 4,866 Forumite
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    daltonss wrote: »
    check out Zipcar. It's in London and has thousands of cars parked around everywhere for you to use whenever you want. I was a member for a year and had the pleasure of driving Golf and 1 series

    Zipcar is great for short term rentals of an hour or two, but I believe their model isn't based around complete weekends away
  • Good spot bod1467 - I've tweaked that. Thanks.
  • A few theoretical questions:

    What happens if the hirer kerbs a couple of wheels is the interior picks up a nasty stain?

    The hirer gets picked up by the Police for driving a car with tyres under the legal limit?

    There is a catastrophic brake failure and the hirer runs someone over. They blame the vehicle owner for hiring a car out which is unroadworthy. Who would be responsible?
  • d123
    d123 Posts: 8,621 Forumite
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    What a stupid idea, for £25 a day you get to allow strangers to drive your car like its a racing car going around the Top Gear track while they eat a barrel of KFC.

    No thanks.
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  • forgotmyname
    forgotmyname Posts: 32,547 Forumite
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    Ideal way to transport your illicit goods?
    Censorship Reigns Supreme in Troll City...

  • Johnmcl7
    Johnmcl7 Posts: 2,816 Forumite
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    A few theoretical questions:

    What happens if the hirer kerbs a couple of wheels is the interior picks up a nasty stain?

    The hirer gets picked up by the Police for driving a car with tyres under the legal limit?

    There is a catastrophic brake failure and the hirer runs someone over. They blame the vehicle owner for hiring a car out which is unroadworthy. Who would be responsible?

    i would assume the hirer would be liable for any damage to the car when they had it and the owner would have to have photos to prove the condition of the car.

    If the hirer gets pulled by the police for illegal tyres then it's the driver that has committed the offence and would be liable for the fine and points.

    In the case of a brake failure, the insurance company would be liable and it's unlikely the driver would be convicted of any offence unless it was shown they had been partially responsible through poor driving.

    John
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