How to Use Turo to Save on Car Rentals

Turo Car Rentals

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We love the platform economy. Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are a few of our favorite services to help save money while traveling. A new car rental app, Turo, may just have to be added to this list. Turo launched in 2009 but has been gaining a lot of traction with users over the past few years.

We’ve already listed Turo in Thrifty Traveler’s 5 favorite apps for travel, but now we want to give you a closer look at what it is and how you can use it to save money.


What is Turo?

Think Airbnb, but for car rentals. Car owners post their vehicles on the Turo platform which can then be rented by users in need of a car. Skip the long lines and high fees at the car rental kiosks at the airport. The Turo smartphone app allows you to select your car type, dates, features, and amenities. You can even have it delivered to your location in the city of your choice.

Book a cheap car for a road trip to a National Park, or rent a Tesla for the night, to feel luxurious on your weekend getaway.

Thrifty Tip #1: Sign up through this link to save $25 on your first rental!

Thrifty Tip #2:  Want to use Turo on your trip abroad? Learn how to easily apply for an International Drivers Permit


Turo Car Rentals



Making Your First Rental:

  1.  Sign up: The process is very simple but make sure to do this ahead of time so they can verify your identity and list you as an approved driver.
  2. Search your destination and dates: on Turo to see a list of available cars in that area
  3. Pick your vehicle and review the details:
    • Some things to note: check how much gas and the number of miles included in the price. Look into any extras you might want to add such as unlimited mileage for longer trips.
    • Look at the host’s reviews.
    • Be sure to read and understand the insurance policy, here is a detailed break down from Turo on how this works. In short, you choose the insurance plan when booking, we recommend the premium plan over the basic to be sure you’re covered in case of an accident.
  4. Book the car: Similar to Airbnb, some vehicles have the instantly approved feature and others the host can confirm or deny your trip within 8 hours.
  5. Pick up the car: Most owners offer delivery, many even for free. Choose where you want the car to be dropped off-  your hotel or the airport, or if you’ll pick it up from them.
  6. Explore the city.
  7. Meet the owner to drop off the car.

Thrifty Tip #3: Many car rental companies charge a young driver surcharge for drivers between the age of 21 & 24. Turo only requires users to be over the age of 21 to rent a vehicle through the platform. This is a great way to save money on a car rental if you are under the age of 25.


Bottom Line

Turo is a win-win for travelers looking to save on car rental costs and hosts looking to make a little extra money on the side. Before your next vacation, I recommend comparing Turo to the other car rental options. You might be surprised by how much you can save.  Before you book, be sure to understand all of the insurance policies and only book with hosts who have good ratings to make sure everything goes smoothly.


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3 Responses

  1. kim says:

    The original price looks good until you try and check out and you see additional fees such as a $50 airport fee.

    • Emily Miotke says:

      Hi Kim. Thanks for pointing that out! The owners of each vehicle choose their own fees for each delivery option, if you filter for free delivery you won’t run into that problem anymore! Cheers!

  2. Kristi Brown says:

    Super easy and pricedd fairly. Also there isn’t a deposit requirement like rental agencies. Will use Turo all the time !

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