SA's first private car renting platform adds professional fleet owner service

Sebastian Brokmann

South Africa's first peer-to-peer vehicle renting platform, RentMyRide, has launched a new Professional Fleet Owner Service division to further satisfy what it says is a growing demand for private vehicle rentals in South Africa.

“In the last five years, we have seen more and more South Africans enter the sharing economy by listing their cars on and making money from it when they are not using their cars themselves. Over time, we have seen some users build businesses on our platform by adding more than one car to start their own small rental fleet,” says Sebastian Brokmann, founding member and CEO of the company.

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The new Professional Fleet Owner Service is aimed at vehicle dealers and fleet owners who want to list their dormant stock on RentMyRide – the system utilises the same platform that has thus far facilitated more than 15 000 vehicle rentals in South Africa since its birth in Cape Town in 2014. The new service has been developed for companies listing a number of vehicles, and benefits include lower per-vehicle commission, fleet management services such as the picking-up and dropping off of vehicles and 24/7 personalised help from one of the RentMyRide team members.

The company is already testing the new service with Pace Car Rental. “Platforms such as RentMyRide are the future of vehicle rental. The system is powerful and efficient, and we believe it will help us grow our business in volume and in reach,” says Grenville Salmon, Managing Director of Pace.

RentMyRide is currently available in the major South African cities and vehicle owners can register on the system and list their vehicles quickly and easily. RentMyRide can assist with professional photography and other administrative duties.

“Our challenge at the moment is to provide enough vehicles for interested customers. Many are tourists from abroad, who have become used to using services such as Turo in the US or SnappCar in Europe, and they are looking for something equally convenient and affordable in South Africa,” says Brokmann.

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