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Want to take a road trip, but not in your car? You can rent someone else’s with Turo

If Uber-ing has left you nostalgic for getting behind the wheel, here’s an app that can help you get back your motor-mojo.

Name: Turo, www.turo.com

What it does: Allows drivers to rent their car or rent someone else’s car for fun and profit.

What’s hot: Tesla Model X. Maserati GranTurismo Convertible. Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Those are just a couple of cars for rent on the “Elite in Los Angeles” board, but it’s not all about flashy, expensive cars. If you’re looking for adventure, consider tapping the filters to fill your needs. I found a 2012 Toyota 4Runner with a ski rack in Salt Lake City, and a 2014 Jeep Wrangler in Denver with built-in navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming and a bike or ski rack (additional). Prices were reasonable: The Jeep was $99 a day, with discounts up to 10% per week or up to 18% per month. If you want to list your car, Turo will set its rental price based on location, market value, time of year, etc., or you can do it yourself. It protects you with $1 million in liability insurance; your car is covered against theft and physical damage.

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What’s not: When you open the app there is a beguiling picture of a pop-up van with the prompt “Start your adventure.” But once I signed up (free), logged in and started searching I didn’t know how to find a pop-up camper. Maybe I was looking in the wrong cities. (I searched San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs.) Never fear, check out the home page at turo.com and scroll down to discover sections such as “Travelogues,” where members have chronicled their adventures on the road. There’s plenty of inspiration as well as clues about where to a rent camper (it says Mike has a fully restored ’83 Westfalia in the Pacific Northwest). I tried to look for it in the Seattle area, but still couldn’t find it.

— Jen Leo


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