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What’s the Scoop on FlightCar?
Sector: Car-Sharing, Airport Car Rental
Launched: August 2012
Competitors: Airport Rental Car Agencies like Hertz
FlightCar offers a more cost-effective alternative to the traditional airport car rental experience currently provided by companies such as Hertz. Travelers leaving town can park their vehicle at the airport for others to rent through FlightCar’s peer-to-peer marketplace. This allows them to make money on their car rather than having it sit idle and cost the owner money on airport parking fees. You could say that it’s Airbnb for airport car rentals.
FlightCar is led by three exceptional young founders, Kevin Petrovic, Shri Ganeshram, and Rujul Zaparde, who—in October 2015—closed a $20M Series B round of financing with First Round Capital, General Catalyst, Comcast Ventures, and other investors. Previously, they raised from Softbank Capital, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, Ryan Seacrest’s Seacrest Global Group, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Posterous founder Garry Tan, Auctomatic founder Harj Taggar, Justin.TV founder Emmett Shear, former Expedia CEO Erik Blachford, and Andreessen Horowitz. 
Just as other Sharing Economy pioneers, FlightCar has had their fair share of legal battles, but have triumphed and are now legal and operating in 12 cities including some of the world’s biggest airport like San Francisco’s SFO! 
How Does FlightCar Work and Why Should I Use Their Service?
Car owners are paid based on the year, make, and model of their vehicle, in addition to overall demand. Renters are charged on a per-day basis and can drive up to 100 miles before paying a per-mile fee. FlightCar provides liability and property coverage up to $1,000,000 for each rental.
There’s more! When you drop off your car to FlightCar, they will provide door-to-door service to take you to and from your terminal. They will also wash and vacuum your car for free! These perks make it easy to choose FlightCar rather than pay to store your car while you are away.
If you are going on a trip for a few days or more, consider using FlightCar. Here is a list of the benefits of using the service:
- Free parking, even if your car isn’t rented!
- Free car washes and vacuuming
- Free transportation to/from the lot to your terminal
- If your car is rented, you will earn cash! FlightCar will pay 10 cents for each mile driven by the approved FlightCar member renting your car. If your car is driven more than 75 miles per day (on average) that it’s parked, they’ll pay you double the rate for each additional mile.
It’s a no brainer! Help save the world by sharing, making money, minimizing your headaches on the day you travel. All this for the cost of: free and reliable transportation, free parking, and a free car wash!