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What is car sharing?

Car sharing connects renters with car owners in their area.

From electric cars to transit vans, you can get instant access to nearby vehicles and be on your way in minutes. By renting a car from your community, you help reduce emissions and support local entrepreneurs. With driver telematics to support safer driving and contactless car collection, car sharing has never been easier.

Insurance and roadside breakdown cover included.

Rent a car

First steps

Create an account

Create an account

Download the Karshare app and sign up with your email address

Enter your dates

Enter your dates

Tell us when you need a car – input date(s), time and location

Select your vehicle

Select your vehicle

Take your pick from cars and vans in your area and select your insurance excess

Verify your licence

Verify your licence

Enter your payment details and upload your driving licence to verify your identity

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How does it work?

The entire renting process takes place through our mobile app. Every single vehicle on our platform is instantly bookable, which means you will only ever be shown cars that are actually available when you need them.

Once you have selected your vehicle and verified your licence, you are free to pick up your car and start driving. Your phone will act as a virtual key to lock and unlock your car, thanks to our KarshareGo technology.

Each vehicle will contain a sanitisation kit to help you manage the cleanliness of the car at the end of your rental and return it in the same condition you found it in.

Ready to go?

Pick up your vehicle

Pick up your vehicle

When it’s time to start your booking, head to your car’s parked location

Complete a condition report

Complete a condition report

Go through the guided pre-rental checks with your phone’s camera

Unlock your vehicle

Unlock your vehicle

Lock and unlock your car using facial recognition in the Karshare app

Return your vehicle

Return your vehicle

Return the pick-up location after your rental concludes and sanitise the car according to our Covid safety guidelines

What about insurance?

All our renters are protected by fully comprehensive insurance, provided by our insurance partner, QBE. Our standard insurance excess is £750, but you can reduce it to £250 by paying a £25 insurance fee. This means that you will only pay a maximum of £250 if you cause damage to the car.

48 hours before your booking, we will also take a deposit of £250 to cover any additional charges after your rental. This will be returned to you within 48 hours of the end of your rental booking. 

If a claim for damages is made by the car owner, we will investigate using the condition report to settle the case. We will always return your deposit unless we are certain you caused damage to the vehicle during your booking.

 

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am I eligable to rent a car?

Am I eligible?

To rent a car on Karshare, you need to:

  • Be between 25 and 70 years old*
  • Have held a valid driving licence for at least 2 years
  • Have a maximum of 25% of total points on your licence
  • Have no more than 1 insurance claim in the past 2 years where you were at fault
  • Have a data enabled smartphone capable of running the Karshare app during the rental period

*We do allow drivers aged 21+, but you will need to email help@karshare.com declaring that you have had no incidents where you were at fault since obtaining your licence.

Keyless tech

Karshare uses keyless technology to make it as easy and secure as possible for you to rent cars in your area. Each vehicle on our platform is fitted with our KarshareGo technology, which connects to the mobile app and acts as a virtual key. Using facial recognition technology, we can securely authenticate you when you unlock your car. Our leading technology also records mileage and fuel levels so you don’t have and keeps an eye on your driving behaviour to ensure safe driving. These driver telematics help us keep our insurance costs low and provide you with handy tips and tricks to keep your driving score high!

 

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Testimonials

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“The simplest car hire process I’ve ever encountered. Such a great idea and excellent value for money. Easy to use app and brilliant customer service.”

Michael Frost, ★★★★★

 

“Hired a car for the weekend, very easy process. The car was lovely, very clean, a small cleaning kit was provided within the glove box which I used on return. Will definitely use again.”

Chelsea Edgar, ★★★★★

 

“Worked really well – Such a good idea for people who don’t need a car often and Karshare does great work supporting local charities too, so I’m a big fan!”

Kat Caldwell, ★★★★★

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