A couple of weeks ago Brandon and I headed out to Cali. It was a whirlwind trip, flying out to be part of a surprise for my grandma's 80th birthday. I grew up in Bakersfield, which is about 2 hours north of LA, so anytime I have to fly "home" I try to make a pit stop in LaLaLand, whenever possible, which means securing a rental car is a must.
As I went on my search for a rental car, initial thoughts began to arise of: "Ugh, what if they give me something lame?", "Oooh...I'd really love a convertible.", and "Where do I rent from?" Then, I came across Turo. If you haven't heard of Turo, it's basically Airbnb for cars. You can list your own car and rent out other peoples - best of all, there are so many different types for you to choose from! We, of course, went with a convertible to cruise through sunny California in.
It's always interesting/intimidating trying out something new and trying to navigate through the process, but it couldn't have been easier with Turo! We selected a car that had airport service set up, so as soon as we landed in LAX, we were able to "text" for a shuttle that came and picked us up and took us to the Turo designated lot. (I guess they currently only have these Turo lots in Los Angeles and San Francisco, fyi. Otherwise, you have to meet the owner at a specified destination.) Upon our arrival to the lot, two valets greeted us and gave us the run down about the car. They had already taken multiple pictures from almost every angle of the vehicle, for a pre-inspection, letting us know of every ding and scratch that was already there. Then, they email you a comprehensive report, for your records. (Psst...if you're curious about the insurance coverage and how that works, go here. I called my personal insurance company to go over my coverage, before booking, as well.)
The whole experience was traveler friendly, and left me feeling really in control. Without a doubt, I will be using Turo for my car rental needs, moving forward. If you have trip coming up (ahem, Labor Day!), I highly suggest giving them a try.
*Turo provided me a credit to use their service, in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.