If you’re the kind of automotive enthusiast who thinks you can never have enough cars—but you never seem to have enough money—DriveShare is the perfect way to scratch that itch without the financial commitment of ownership. Ever wanted to drive an old Ford Bronco for a weekend? Or maybe show up to a family reunion in a classy Jaguar? Here’s how.
DriveShare is like AirBnB for fun collectible vehicles. Similar to other peer-to-peer car rental services like Turo, it is geared specifically to collector car enthusiasts. Interested owners list a car and set the price, and renters reserve a vehicle either to drive or to use as a static display. A 10-percent service fee is added to the cost of the rental, and fuel is not included.
The car owner is responsible for making sure the vehicle is clean and in safe, working order, and 35 percent of the fee goes to DriveShare, most of which covers insurance. [Your Hagerty policy (if you have one) doesn't apply to DriveShare, so it has no impact on your premium or claims.]
Once you choose which car you would like rent, you and the owner arrange drop off and pick up; usually the location is where the car lives. Using the DriveShare mobile app, you verify the odometer reading and take photos of every side of the car, then hand the phone over to the owner, who verifies the info and signs off. You agree to a drop-off time and location, the owner hands you the keys, and you’re on your way.
If this doesn’t sound like a typical rental transaction, that’s because it isn’t. The vehicle you’re renting isn’t the typical rental car, and the owner has much more invested. But the payoff for the renter is obvious. You get to drive a vehicle you might not be able to afford owning, and the experience is priceless.