Uber launches car rental service that lets you hire vehicles in the app

Typically, we call an Uber if we can’t or don’t want to drive, whether that’s after a few drinks or when public transport isn’t playing ball.

The taxi service’s new offering, Uber Rent, aims to change that.

Customers will now be able to book and hire a vehicle through the Uber app, picking their self-driven ride up at hundreds of participating locations.

Not only that, for every booking made via Uber Rent users can enjoy £10 off the cab trip to get them to their rental vehicle, making door-to-door travel easy.

Part of a partnership with rental partner CarTrawler, it’s rolling out in the UK from today, following successful launches in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the US and Switzerland.

Users simply need to select the ‘Rent’ tile on the Uber app, then provide date and location details of their desired car. They’ll then be matched with a vehicle, ready for getting the keys and hitting the road.

‘Uber Rent will not only provide a seamless and efficient booking experience but offer Uber Credits back on every booking,’ said Andrew Brem, General Manager at Uber.

CarTrawler COO Peter O’Donovan added: ‘We enable our partners to become one-stop travel shops through innovative technology, the widest customer choice, and compelling loyalty solutions.

‘This closely aligns with Uber and their goals to become the ultimate travel app through offering the broadest range of travel options coupled with a best-in-class customer experience.’

A wide range of cars will be available to suit your needs and budget, and users who book through the Uber app will receive credits back after each booking as well as free cancellations up to 48 hours before collection.

Bookings can even be made right up to the time of pick-up, but it’s recommended to do so at least 24 hours in advance to get the car you want at the best price. 

For cash-strapped city-dwellers looking so save on taxi and train fares, it could be a golden ticket to get exploring this summer.

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