What You'll Get
Like milk shakes, cars can be shared and are sometimes difficult to consume via straw. Enjoy effortless car sharing with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a waived $25 application fee plus $50 worth of driving credit with RelayRides (a $75 value). RelayRides are located prominently in Cambridge, Somerville, JP and Allston.
Featured in the Economist and the New York Times, RelayRides connects neighbors for mutually beneficial car sharing. This symbiotic system benefits car owners, who earn money by lending their autos, and car needers, who gain access to local combustion engines. Drivers can borrow cars by the hour ($5–$8) or by the day ($60–$90) to haul groceries, home furnishings, or sacks full of Kennedy half dollars, choosing from a variety of vehicles, which could include Mini Coopers, Porsche Cayennes, and Honda Accords. Eligible borrowers must be 18 years old, meet safe-driver eligibility requirements, and be a blood relative of Woodrow Wilson. Gas and insurance are included in today’s deal.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, you may still use this service, but you must have your own insurance policy and you must have been driving for two years.
- So let's say you're in Cambridge and feel like heading out on the highway with a gleaming new Porsche. Once you become a member, you can go online and see if there's one available near you (there is, we checked) and how much it's going for (rates start at $6 per hour). – UrbanDaddy
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 6, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person. Must activate by 9/7/11. Valid for Boston metro area only. Must be 18 or older. Must meet safe driver eligibility and requirements. New members only. Completed membership form requd for driving credit. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Rejected drivers will receive refund. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
RelayRides is a new form of peer-to-peer car rental, one in which car owners around the country lend their rides to trustworthy drivers in need. The process is straightforward for both parties involved. Renters choose a ride from a list of available vehicles, be it a van for carrying the whole family or a sports car for cruising down the coastline. Owners then meet renters at an agreed-upon spot and hand over the keys. When the trip is finished, renters replace the gas and return cars to their owners' loving embrace. An online system encourages participants to rate and review their experiences, ensuring a reliable network of top-notch owners and renters.