#Roommates, Lyft is out here stepping on necks, as the company continues to find ways to come for our coins. According to reports, the popular ridesharing app is officially venturing into the rental car arena.
On any given day, Lyft is responsible for hauling customers all around major cities to get to their destinations—but now the company wants you to drive yourself. @CNN reports that Lyft rolled out a new service called Lyft Rentals earlier this week, which allows users to rent cars for up to two weeks at a time. Lyft Rentals will initially be available beginning in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, where the company has been testing out the service for the last few months.
As for pricing, Lyft says customers won’t be faced with mileage-based charges and extra refueling costs that other car rental companies generally add on. Instead, Lyft Rentals approach is “no lines, hidden fees or last-minute vehicle model changes.” A recent example includes a car in the San Francisco area was priced for $35 per day, but prices can vary depending on the day and time of booking—with some prices surging to up to $149 per day on the weekend.
Additionally, Lyft is also offering riders credits of up to $20 each way for rides to and from its rental lots, including two in Los Angeles, one in San Francisco and one in Oakland. Lyft Rentals is currently being marketed as a service that’s convenient for things like daily errands or moving, however even if customers decide to use a rental car for only a few hours, they will still have to pay for a full day.
Among the cars currently available for rental, include a Mazda 3 sedan or Mazda CX-5 SUV in Los Angeles, and a Volkswagen Passat or a Volkswagen Atlas SUV in the Bay Area.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?