Hammer Time: Meir Panim
60 days ago I had this idea thanks to a charity I’ve always admired. I would offer long-term rentals for drivers who weren’t too picky or too rich (in taste). But were in dire need to no fault of their own. There were a lot of safeguards and a few hoops that most folks would need to clear before I finally rented them out. Money up front with a deposit. Full coverage insurance. No DUI’s or suspended licenses. Mileage limitations. The list went on and on but pretty soon I found a niche… and thankfully that niche has finally found me.
FleetofWheel on Jun 01, 2010
Of course Steven's plan is better but it'd be fun to watch the advocates of car sharing try and convince some low income folks to use Zip Car at $7/hour, and daily rates at $78, with all the time restrictions and penalties. The poor folk would be shaking their heads at all the money they'd have to pay for such limited car usage. Nope, owning a beater is better.
Steven Lang on Jun 01, 2010
I don't really differentiate between young/old, male/female, or any of the other bland categorizations that are out there. As far as I'm concerned all these classifications miss the eyebrows. Sourcing the right cars is a H U G E challenge and opportunity compared with a few years ago. I am right now trying to uncover any source out there that is worth it and even paying for the privelege. As far as I'm concerned, if I can find a conservatively driven and well maintained vehicle the rest of it is really not rocket science. However I will tell you that finding the right customers (and keeping them right) is a lot like being an Israeli airport screener. You have to keep on asking the right questions until you find out the real truth... and watch very carefully for their implicit actions and tactics along the way. Nine out of ten folks with an 'agenda' or an ulterior motive will usually slip in due time. I wouldn't be against doing this in more than one place. Even if it's done in a small scale, it's progress and I can tell you for sure that tens of thousands of folks in Georgia alone would value the opportunity to keep a daily driver without going into debt. I would love to have some corporate relationships to source out more vehicles (or repair components.. or anything for that matter) so feel free to email me if you have any ideas.
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