tamyca.de: Social site to rent-a-car
I came across a cool site today called tamyca. I’ve seen carpooling sites before, but this goes a step further. The idea is simple, rent your unused car for some spending cash. The video below showcases this further (audio in German only.)
The company charges a small fee of 7.5 euros/day (payable by driver) that covers the rental fee + extra insurance. This fee is additional to what the owner charges for renting the car. Compare these rates to mainstream rental agency prices listed on Kayak.
As a driver this is a great way to save money. But as a car owner, I’m not so sure. Would I really trust a stranger to take care of my car as well as I do? But casting this concern aside, the site seems to be getting popular. Some reasonably decent cars are listed with both drivers and owners building transaction history. This history (combined with user ratings and other social interactions) is a great way to build confidence.
The site could benefit further by using Facebook connect (or something similar from StudiVZ, and perhaps Twitter.) People trust profiles on established social networks and would be more willing to get into business transactions.