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We rented a Tesla Model S Plaid through Turo and this is what it looks like

Rent a car Through Turo is a lot like booking through Airbnb. However, at this point, you may have booked (or multiple) vacations through Airbnb. We recently had the opportunity to book a car through Turo for our Tesla Model S Plaid reviewbut now it’s time to tell you how the Turo part of this arrangement works.

The initial setup is a bit more tedious than the traditional reservation car rental companies like Avis or Enterprise. However, that is to be expected when you are trying to rent a car from another private citizen. Browsing through the available cars is definitely more interesting for enthusiasts. Extraordinary exterior Hertz high horsepower rental, traditional rental agency options will be full of dull options. In Turo you can peruse everything from a cheap rental Prius to more expensive things like the Model S Plaid we went with.

And we mean more expensive sometimes. The owners of the cars set the prices, so the tenants bear the price they see. In our case, the Tesla Model S Plaid we rented was listed for $888 per day. That is to pick it up at 9am and return it at 9am the next morning. We only needed it for 12 hours, so we got off early, but that doesn’t get you the discount.

Another thing you should know, when figuring out what car you can rent and how much it will cost, is that the big number you see on the list when looking at all available cars is not the final price. you will pay. Yes, the Model S Plaid is listed at $888 for the day, but there’s also a non-negotiable ride fee of $191.56. Turo says, “Trip fee is a percentage of the trip price calculate by Turo, and varies based on the expected cost of trip support, vehicle value, trip duration, and other factors”. In addition to the “trip fee,” Turo asks you to choose a “protection option” on high-value vehicles. The Model S Plaid was eligible under this rule, and the “standard” package added $355.20 to the total cost of the trip. If you book early enough, Turo will give you an “early booker discount” of some nominal value (depending on the booking price), but that shouldn’t have much of an impact on the cost. In total, our day with the Model S Plaid came to $1,434.76. Yowza.

For that much money, you’d expect to have the world at your fingertips, but if you’re only renting for a day, the owner of this car limits the rental to just a 100-mile drive. If you exceed that amount, a $4.44/mile fee will apply. It adds up quickly, so we keep it under 100 miles for our purposes.

When displayed on the date of hire, the Turo app prompts you to take lots of photos to document the vehicle’s condition. This is tedious, but definitely a good idea to protect yourself from any fraudulent Turo hirers. And trust us when we say you’ll want a receipt when renting anything from a private individual (or business for that matter). We’ve all seen horror stories, and when there’s a six-figure car on the road, the down payment is much bigger.

Once completed with all documents, access to the vehicle will be granted and the loan made without a hitch. The owner hit us immediately for the day with an offer of more time (with an extra day of rental), and we politely declined. If you are wondering how the Model S Plaid compares to the regular Turo rental car, You can read all about it here. In short, the car is a bit worse in terms of wear, as the steering wheel cover is peeling and the white seats are deeply discolored. It’s hard to know exactly how much of that is the result of Turo leasing and how much is the result of Tesla’s inherent quality.

After rewrapping the Model S Plaid, we returned it to the owner’s parking space with just a few miles to spare within the mileage limit. The rules of the rental state that you must return the vehicle for the fee you have chosen, but since we need all the miles we can get for the assessment, going for the Supercharger will put us in excess. limit. As a show of goodwill, the owner did not charge us extra for returning the car with the battery much more exhausted than what we picked up.

Dropping school is like picking it up. Take lots of photos, upload them to the app, then go through the on-screen prompts to end the trip. It is very easy and the whole process does not require interaction with the owner of the vehicle or other people. No mysterious cleaning fees or anything else showing up in our accounts after the trip – we actually left the car cleaner than we found because we did a thorough wash at a DIY shop car wash for photos and videos.

Since renting, we’ve noticed that the same Model S Plaid has dropped significantly in price to just $289 per day. Yeah, that’s unreasonably cheap compared to the rates we’ve seen for the same experience – perhaps the owners aren’t getting any tenants at $888, so the inaction of Others have driven the price down. It’s everyone’s benefit! If you decide to rent with Turo, being as careful as possible with the photos and noting the condition of everything is something to keep in mind. That’s definitely a downside, but on the other hand, your Local Business may not have one Pattern S Plaid, Rivian R1T or Mercedes-AMG GT available at the counter.

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