Website lets Central Texas drivers rent out their cars

It connects renters with everyday drivers who want to make a little extra money.

They're part of a website called RelayRides.

BELTON, TX (KCEN) - It's a new way to rent a car, taking big cities by storm, and slowly making its way into central Texas.

It connects renters with everyday drivers who want to make a little extra money.

"I think it just makes sense," said Richard Myers of Belton.

It's been three weeks, but he and Diana Myers have yet to rent out their Escalade.

They're part of a website called RelayRides.

It's a simple concept, connecting car owners with people who want to rent cars.

To rent, you start by searching for vehicles in your area. Here in central Texas, there are only three options right now.

When you find one you want, you can request it for specific dates and times.

With plenty of space and features like a DVD player in their Escalade, the Myers are hoping it'll be an attractive option for families planning trips who maybe want something a little more comfortable.

It can be a little nerve-racking for the owners. "I don't know anything about the people," Diana said. But RelayRides says it has a million-dollar insurance policy for anyone who puts a car up, plus background checks on renters.

And anyone can put their own car up for rent. You even set your own price.

And worse comes to worst, "it can be fixed, or if it can't be fixed it can be replaced," Richard said.

And, hey, you can always rent a different car while you wait for a new one.

To give you some perspective, the Myers have their Escalade on the site for $99 a day.

That's at least $50 less than traditional rental companies charge for premium SUVs.

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