Ford Unveils Carsharing Pilot Program For Select Ford Credit Consumers

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Financing a Ford and looking to bolster your monthly payments? The automaker has an idea: rent your car to others.

Ford owners financing their rides through Ford Credit can rent them out to other drivers through its Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing program, announced Tuesday evening. The pilot program will invite 14,000 and 12,000 owners “in six U.S. cities and London, respectively” to rent their vehicles to prescreened drivers on a short-term basis, with rental payments going towards paying down the note.

To enable this, Ford partnered with rideshare companies Getaround (U.S. market) and easyCar Club (London), whose respective “Web-based, mobile-friendly software” will handle all transactions.

The six U.S. cities selected to participate in the sharing program are the California cities of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, as well as Portland, Chicago and Washington. The program is slated to run through November 2015.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Kyree Kyree on Jun 24, 2015

    I'm curious as to whether the owner's insurance is liable (assuming that said owner has a policy that would even allow this), or whether Ford provides some kind of special insurance for this application. I'm less concerned about physically lending my car---that I *don't* own if I'm making payments to Ford Credit---than I am about being on the hook if the renter turns out to be a nutjob who goes on a crime spree or runs over a pedestrian and takes off.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jun 24, 2015

    CL Ad: 2015 F-150 Platinum 4x4 10k mi, one owner (except when rented), few dents, etc. --- Hopefully the rental program would show up on a CarFax, as I wouldn't want anything to do with such a vehicle. The worst treated cars are rentals, and now I'm not only paying for my new car, but letting someone else abuse it for a little credit money? CP. Don't touch my stuff. I can also see liability issues arising. Billy Joe returns Chad's F-250 after a weekend rental of hay baling and work, and it's got scratches. Chad is angry, and being a Kentuckian, returns from the shed with a 12-gauge. Billy Joe runs toward his girlfriend Tina's teal Grand Prix, but doesn't quite make it to the door.

  • Beastpilot Beastpilot on Jun 24, 2015

    Does Ford credit do loans on a GT500 or the next Ford GT when it comes out? 'Cause I want to take one of those to the track...

  • Scout_Number_4 Scout_Number_4 on Jun 25, 2015

    Hmmm...perhaps this is how I find out how well a 6.7L PowerStroke pulls my trailer. Color me intrigued.