For lovers of vintage cars, DriveShare is the new place to rent (or rent out) your ride
Want to drive a 1937 Packard this weekend? A 1973 VW van? A 1931 Model A? DriveShare has your car.
The new company, modeling itself as the “Airbnb of vintage cars,” is now offering a peer-to-peer rental service.
Using a database of more than 1 million vehicles insured by parent company Hagerty, the country’s leader in vintage vehicle insurance, the just-launched DriveShare already has a menu of 300 tasty offerings.
Costing from $99 a day for a Porsche Boxster in Roanoke, Va., to $3,300 a day for a Lamborghini Aventador in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood, the vehicles are meant to appeal to vintage car buffs. And the opportunity to make money by renting out one’s vehicle can soften the cost of vintage-car ownership.
“We think this might be the future of the vintage-car world,” Hagerty Chief Executive McKeel Hagerty said. “This is an entry point for the next generation, who may not be familiar with vintage cars, and it’s also an entry point for a prospective owner who can’t quite afford the cost of a vintage vehicle.”
Hagerty opened DriveShare in partnership with the regional rental company Classics&Exotics, whose founder, Peter Zawadzki, has joined the insurance giant as director of DriveShare.
Classics&Exotics, a privately funded Massachusetts startup that Zawadzki launched in 2015, began to interest Hagerty after he received multiple queries.
“I kept bumping into people who would mention Classics&Exotics and ask me, ‘Could this work?’” Hagerty said. “I finally realized, yes, it could, if we got behind it.”
As an example, Zawadzki described how a New Yorker who wanted a quintessential California vacation driving experience rented a BMW 2002 from an owner in Los Angeles. The renter enjoyed the car so much, he returned to New York and bought an older BMW for himself.
DriveShare joins a small group of peer-to-peer car rental services. Best known are two San Francisco-based ventures: Turo, which oversees a network of 160,000 privately owned cars in 5,000 cities, and Getaround, which operates in eight U.S. cities and allows for rental on an hourly basis.
The median DriveShare transaction rate is $275 a day, with prices based on the age, rarity and condition of each vehicle. The transactions are insured by DriveShare, with the cost of insurance folded into the daily rental rate.
Cars are screened for safety and drivability.
The database is searchable by geographic location, category of car (hot rod, classic car or muscle car, for example), price and special features.
The service is available nationwide, except in New York, where insurance rental regulations prevent DriveShare from operating.
Cars available in the Los Angeles area include multiple BMWs, multiple Lamborghinis, a Delorean, a Ferrari and a 1947 Ford Sportsman woody.
The most-rented car so far, Zawadzki said, is that 1937 Packard.
“This is our passion,” Hagerty said. “We want to remove all the barriers we can to vintage-car ownership for the next generation of drivers.”
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