(Hat Tip to Hank for the tweet)
Good evening everyone, let me introduce you to TransferCar, a service that works on behalf of the rental car companies who need to reposition their fleet of rental cars and RVs around the country. TransferCar’s idea is simple: “rental car companies are spending large amounts of money on relocating cars between their branches, in order to position their fleet for new hires. They can either use expensive trucks or trains or they can let you drive it for free. The rental operators win, you win.” Check out TransferCar today.
To get started, check out the big yellow map. The numbers inside the green circles represent the number of cars and RVs that need to be repositioned. Most cars and RVs need to be repositioned from one state to another, but if you are in California, you can reposition cars up and down the state.
When I click on California, it says that 2 cars/RVs need to go to Nevada (probably Las Vegas), 8 cars/RVs need to go to Texas (probably all RVs) and the remaining 9 cars/RVs need to be repositioned in California.
The next page has all the unfiltered results of cars/RVs that need to be relocated. On the right hand side, you can narrow down the list by checking which type of vehicle you want to drive.
You can also choose from the drop down menu a starting point (San Francisco in my case).
The list is updated to reflect the 2 rental car/RV options available. I can either drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas in a car or from San Francisco to Los Angeles in an RV. The price is listed along with the price for each extra day, in case you decide to take a scenic route to the final destination.
Let’s look at the first option. This car needs to be picked up today and dropped off tomorrow in Las Vegas. Since no one claimed this vehicle, the rental car company will probably have to pay to have the car sent to Las Vegas.
You will also be able to see additional information such as rental car pickup and drop off locations, details about the vehicle, and the terms and conditions of the rental.
FYI: driving from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes at least 8 hours, depending on the route.
Clicking on the second option, this RV needs to be driven from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The RV needs to arrive in Los Angeles by February 28, so there are plenty of days to drive down. If you have never rented an RV, it is really important to read the description and terms of the rental. For this RV, there is a $1,000 bond and a $250 deposit that is required.
Driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles is only 6 hours if you go the most direct way, but I would probably drive along the coast on CA-1 and Highway 101. That way I could drive through Monterey, Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara, before dropping off the car in Los Angeles.
I’ll be honest, I have never used TransferCar before, but I definitely want to try out the service. I thought it would very cool to drive an RV down the California Coast and stop at a few places. You can play around with the site by checking different states to see what rental options are available. If anyone decides to try out TransferCar, please let me know how it goes.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great evening everyone!