Toronto, Ontario — Collision shops that offer rental vehicle services may want to take note, as the launch of “Uber Rent” in May has drivers re-thinking what the best options are for a temporary set of wheels.
Via a new category within the Uber app, users can now use their phones to book a vehicle from Budget, Avis or Hertz.
Corporate spokesperson for Uber Canada, Keerthana Rang told CTV News this week that rental costs are based on the model of vehicle, location and demand, but assures that costs will be competitive with the rental industry.
“People will be able to take a look at the different vehicles and find something for them at the best price possible,” said Rang.
One Toronto resident told CTV that the new feature makes it easy to get temporary access to larger vehicles for things like road trips or moving houses.
Rang expanded on this idea, saying that it could even encourage users to explore different ideas of vehicle ownership.
“Making transportation options like this available for Canadians gives them more ways to get around and help them get where they need to go. It’s an alternative to personal car ownership which helps reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions overall” she said.
All that is required to rent through Uber is a valid driver’s license, valid insurance coverage and a credit card.