April 6, 2017 — SAN FRANCISCO — Today, Getaround, the leading peer-to-peer car-sharing platform, announced its expansion into the Tri-State New Jersey area. Now, car owners in Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken can earn money by renting out their cars. Those without cars can easily discover and rent cars by the hour using the Getaround website, iOS or Android apps. With over 30,000 users between Northern New Jersey and New York City looking to rent cars this spring and summer for road trips, apartment moves and errand runs, now is the time for car owners to list their cars and start earning money.
"Launching in Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken, all of which have long been known for their push towards becoming tech-enabled, smart cities, was a natural next step for us as we strive to empower people everywhere to live car free through technology," said Jessica Scorpio, Getaround Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. "In becoming a part of the Northern New Jersey transportation network, not only are we able to provide locals with cars when they need them, but we also provide Manhattanites looking to get out of the city with more options to do so."
Getaround is the only company to make car-sharing safe, keyless and seamless through the Getaround mobile app and Getaround Connect™. This award-winning, proprietary technology, combines GPS, Bluetooth LE and keyless remote technology allowing renters to unlock the car from their mobile phones and eliminating the need for owners to provide keys to the renter in-person.
"With more than half of Hoboken residents commuting to work by public transportation, many only use their cars on weekends while others want to live car-free and avoid the cost and hassle of car ownership," said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "Peer-to-peer car-sharing, like Getaround, is an innovative mobility option that meets the needs of both groups and can help to take cars off the road and reduce pollution and traffic."
Dozens of cars in Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken are already listed on Getaround and can be discovered and booked through the website and mobile app today. Car owners have the potential to earn hundreds of dollars per month funding their car payment, groceries or next vacation. Getaround handles background and license checks and provides insurance to ensure both owner and renter have peace of mind.
"The biggest benefit of Getaround is that I can earn money without having to disrupt my schedule to deliver or pick-up my keys and car," said Phil Mazo, Getaround user and Hoboken resident. "The innovative use of technology not only allows renters to unlock my car through the mobile app, but has saved me time and energy."
Since launching Getaround in 2011, car owners across the country have made significant money by sharing their cars on the platform. Read more stories about those owners on the Getaround blog.
For those who don't own cars and want to rent one by the hour, they can open the mobile app or head to www.getaround.com to find and book a car nearby.
In addition to creating economic opportunity for car owners in Northern New Jersey, Getaround will be creating local jobs as the company looks to open a New Jersey office and hire around 10 people within the next several months. Getaround is currently seeking a City Manager, Operations Manager, and Community Manager.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Getaround is available to owners and renters in San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, Washington D.C., and now the Tri-State New Jersey and New York areas. With its mission to maximize the cars that already exist and ultimately take cars off the road, the company plans to continue expansion to several new markets in 2017. The Tri-State area is the first new market to be launched this year.
To learn more, list your car, or rent a car nearby, head to www.getaround.com, or download the iPhone or Android mobile app.
Getaround empowers people to safely share cars by the hour and day. Combining Getaround Connect™, our patented connected car technology, with auto insurance, Getaround creates a seamless and fun sharing experience. Getaround members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. Owners share cars ranging from a smartcar to a Tesla earning thousands in extra income each year to offset the high cost of car ownership, while making a positive impact on the environment. For more information, visit Getaround.com, download our iPhone or Android app, like us on Facebook, or follow-us on Instagram and Twitter.
Director of Marketing Communications, Getaroundpress@getaround.com