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Turo, formerly known as RelayRides, is a rental service similar to AirBnb, except instead of renting houses/rooms from someone, you're renting their car, truck, or SUV.
I'm a big fan of Turo, because it's cheap, the cars available for rent are usually much nicer than the cars you'd get renting from a normal rental company, and you're supporting someone's small business instead of a large corporation. It's a win win win!
Now with that in mind, the question I plan to answer in this post is this: is Turo really cheaper than renting a car through a car rental company?
Let's find out!
Before we get into the main point of this post, here's some quick info about Turo for those that haven't used it before.
If you're an avid traveler, getting a good deal on a rental car is huge, especially for long trips. Fortunately, when you rent through Turo, cars are cheap, there are usually discounts for renting for long periods of time, and you almost always get a nice car!
Now to determine if Turo is cheaper than other rental companies, we're going to take a few hypothetical vacations and compare the rental prices. Your own experience may differ from this experiment, but this will, at the very least, give you a good idea of which rental company offers the best pricing.
Here are some important details:
For this first example, we're going to take a trip to Toronto for 5 days.
Pick Up Location: (YYZ) Toronto Airport
Dates: 6/8/17 10am - 6/13/17 10am
Car Type: Cheapest
Turo is clearly the winner here, but now by much. What's most surprising about this comparison is that the Turo rental had a $53.20 delivery fee. If there were a car with free delivery around this same price (there wasn't at the time), it would make this a superb deal!
For this second example, we're going to take a trip to Las Vegas for a few days.
Pick Up Location: (LAS) Las Vegas Airport
Dates: 4/11/17 10am - 4/14/17 10am
Car Type: Cheapest
Turo is again the winner. I'm not sure why Hertz's price is so high here, but I don't think anyone would book through them with this big of a difference. Avis price is also high, but you could get it lowered a bit if you used the USAA trick to rent without an underage fee.
For the third example, we're going to take a trip to Miami for two weeks.
Pick Up Location: (MIA) Miami Airport
Dates: 11/1/17 10am - 11/15/17 11am
Car Type: SUV
Turo is once again the winner. Long term trips are where Turo really shines. Often times, owners will give discounts based on the length of the rental and free delivery - both of which happened in this example.
For the fourth example, we're going to take a trip to Denver for 8 days with lots of passengers.
Pick Up Location: (DEN) Denver Airport
Dates: 9/5/17 10am - 9/13/17 10am
Car Type: 7 Passenger Vehicle
As should come as no surprise, Turo once again is cheaper...
Turo is a fantastic rental service that offers you virtually everything you'd find in a standard rental (delivery, nice cars, convenience), but at a significantly cheaper price.
If you're okay with renting a strangers car (everyone is verified), then you'll love renting through Turo! And if you're new, you can sign up under my link below for $25 off your first rental.