From Car Rental Cooperatives to Luxe Car Swap Services

 - Feb 25, 2013
Renting a car is a lot less painless after you've checked out all of these creative carsharing and rental services.

The startups featured here aim to take the hassle out of renting a car. They also turn regular car owners into miniature car rental companies, letting you make some cash off of your unused auto.

Rental car companies used to be the only way you could rent a car during a business trip or vacation. Nowadays, you can rent almost any car for almost any amount of time thanks to carsharing services such as Zipcar. Many of these new and creative carsharing and rental services are also cheaper than old-fashioned rental car companies, which means that more people can afford to get a set of temporary wheels. Aside from being good to your wallet, carsharing services are good for the environment as their ease of use discourages people from buying their own car.