Most of the time, asking to borrow someone's car will elicit a really long string of excuses. But unlike letting your buddy use your car, which usually gets you nothing more than an empty tank, GM has found a way to make car sharing beneficial for everyone involved. If you're one of the 6 million people who have a GM vehicle that's connected to OnStar, you're in luck: according to an OnStar employee, you can make up to $1,000 a month just by letting other people rent out your car when you're not using it.
Last October, GM announced a partnership with a peer-to-peer car sharing service called RelayRides to help customers make extra cash by renting out their cars by the hour. The service just went live yesterday. Here's how it works.
Create a profile on the RelayRides website and add photos and a description of your car. Be sure to include any details that you want renters to know, such as whether or not you'll allow smoking in your vehicle and how much per hour you want to charge.
You'll receive a text or email when someone is interested in your listing, which you can then approve or deny.
The renter can unlock your car with the OnStar app, so just leave the keys in the glove box and you don't even have to leave the house. If you're uncomfortable letting someone take your baby without meeting them first, you can arrange an in-person transaction.
RelayRides will send you a check each month for the amount you earned. It's that simple!
Of course, in a situation like this, security is a concern. RelayRides covers you for $1,000,000 in liability insurance and each renter for $300,000. Also, if you're renting through OnStar you have another added layer of security: if someone tries to take off with your car, it can be located and even stopped through OnStar's Stolen Vehicle Retrieval. You can also use the app to see where the car is at any time via GPS location.
Naturally, the usefulness of this service will be in part determined by where you live. Those who live in larger cities or metropolitan areas will probably have better luck, but the service is available everywhere. So if you want to make some extra money without actually doing much of anything, this service may just be perfect for you.