Peer-To-Peer Car-Sharing Startup Wheelz Launches In San Francisco

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    Peer-to-peer car-sharing is growing in popularity and consumer adoption, as renters are now looking beyond traditional rental firms like Enterprise and Avis, and even beyond local short-term rentals from companies like Zipcar. The idea of renting from a regular person, rather than a monolithic firm, is finally catching on. Meanwhile, car owners are looking for ways to make money from expensive assets that go unused most of the time.

    Already, car-sharing services like RelayRides and Getaround have launched to take advantage in this change in consumer behavior. And now there’s another peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace in the San Francisco market — Wheelz.

    Wheelz originally launched in early 2011 and focused on the university market, rolling out in UC Berkeley, Stanford, USC, and other college campuses. After successful launches there, the company is now ready to expand to the general public. Well, to the general public in San Francisco, at least.

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