‘AirBnB’ for rare cars

New app to rent out clas­sic rides

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Re­porter.

OWN­ERS of clas­sic cars who are pre­par­ing for the an­nual re­quest for ma­tric ride cars will be in­ter­ested in a DriveShare app launched by U.S. in­surance company Hagerty.

Dubbed the AirBnB of cars, the app is for now only avail­able in the U.S., where it en­ables own­ers of rare or clas­sic ve­hi­cles to rent out their wheels to pre-se­lected en­thu­si­asts.

The own­ers can re­view the ren­ter’s pro­file to see their rental his­tory and rental cer­ti­fi­ca­tions be­fore ap­prov­ing or de­clin­ing a rental.

Not any­one can list on the app, as it sets strict el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments to make sure the clas­sic car is in safe hands. For starters, DriveShare re­quires a min­i­mum se­cu­rity de­posit of some R6 500 be­fore you may drive any car.

Hagerty warns on its web­site the process of check­ing a ren­ter’s driv­ing his­tory and el­i­gi­bil­ity can take up to 72 hours.

Once cleared, own­ers of the car con­trol the en­tire trans­ac­tion — set­ting the size of the de­posit, the rental price, dis­tance and other stip­u­la­tions for peo­ple to rent their ve­hi­cles.

Once ap­proved, each owner will ar­range pick up and drop off lo­ca­tions with the ren­ter.

Hagerty said many own­ers are will­ing to drive a cer­tain num­ber of miles to meet with the ren­ter, while others hire a flatbed to trans­port the ve­hi­cle.

Ev­ery ve­hi­cle rented through DriveShare in­cludes a com­mer­cial auto pol­icy that pro­vides li­a­bil­ity cov­er­age for both bod­ily in­jury and prop­erty dam­age for the rental pe­riod.

Should there be a me­chan­i­cal is­sue with the ve­hi­cle dur­ing a rental, DriveShare pro­vides the in­dus­try’s most com­pre­hen­sive road­side ser­vice on all ve­hi­cles dur­ing the rental pe­riod.

This in­cludes Hagerty’s Road­side as­sis­tance, which in­cludes guar­an­teed flatbed tow­ing with soft straps and dispatch op­er­a­tors who un­der­stand and care about clas­sic cars.

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