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Is a vehicle bartering network feasible?

Asked by Blueroses (18248points) August 19th, 2011

I was reading today of a fellow collective member’s loss of the only family vehicle. Especially in a rural area where public transportation is non-existent, one is lost and isolated without a car.

Then there are people like me who are single and have more than one working vehicle. I have a pickup that makes approximately 5 trips a year to the dump or Home Depot and otherwise sits unused in the driveway. I know a lot of people with spare cars and trucks.

I would gladly loan mine out to someone who could use it in exchange for maybe some chores I can’t do alone. Does such a network exist? Is it workable? Or would it be an insurance nightmare?

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incendiary_dan's avatar

You’d have to be REALLY clear about the terms of agreements. Maybe go so far as to have written contracts. But other than that, I don’t see why you couldn’t figure out a barter and mutual aid network sort of deal.

Blueroses's avatar

What sort of things would you make clear in the agreement? I’m just thinking of the logistics. If I kept up the insurance, would I notify my underwriter of the new driver? Or knowing that I’m covered for another driver’s occasional use, make it clear with the borrower that if there’s an incident, he/she is to say they just borrowed the car today?

Blueroses's avatar

Just wanted to copy bkcunningham’s answer on another thread here

bkcunningham's avatar

Here are two:

I think most people know about Freecycle, which isn’t a barter site. But it is a fantastic site to get things you need free and to keep things out of the landfills.

jaytkay's avatar

There are car-sharing companies, but they only operate in dense areas – big cities and college towns,

You join for $50 US per year, and rent cars for $7 to $12 per hour, depending on the car and the time. Gas and insurance are included. Cars are parked all over the city. You make reservations over the Internet.

Maybe it could work in smaller towns, too. I guess the tough part would be maintenance. In a city with a hundred cars, it’s cost effective to have someone on the payroll to oversee that.

Maybe in a small town they could partner with a service station.

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