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Ever been in that situation where you’ve planned a holiday in another city and for the occasion you’ve gone all out by hiring an eye catching roadster or an adrenalin inducing 4x4 SUV. You zip around all day in that fantastic car and then you go home… That’s when the panic begins to set in as between the rear to bonnet cars already on the crowded street, there is no where to park the darn thing!! Let us introduce you to GaragePointer.com.
A relatively new startup, GaragePointer.com connects car holders with garage owners, in similar fashion to the highly innovative Airbnb. This service allows car drivers to not have to worry about searching for parking in crowded inner city streets, but rather they can go directly to their parking destination and safely leave their car there. For garage owners it gives them the chance to make some passive income through extra space that they may have available.
"Finding safe, convenient and reasonably priced parking is problematic, particularly for people who own high-end luxury cars and collectible automobiles," co-founder Donald Osborne commented. Garagepointer was created as a form of matchmaker to address the needs of both of these people. While it is primarily geared towards collectors who may have run out of space in their own garages, the idea can also be of value for boat owners, anyone looking for convenient storage space and travelers who are just looking to rent a garage for just a few days.
While urban garage space, does sound like a mythical concept Donald Osborne promises that they are out there. There are generally two types:the first is the family garage of empty nesters in inner urban areas, who tend to use the area just to store stuff. If they can clear out their clutter, it becomes the ideal space to rent out for parking. The other is parking spaces in new condo buildings, as inner urban planners are required to allocate at least one and half, if not two spaces for each residence, this means that there could easily be space available, if a resident only has one car, or doesn’t drive at all.
The plan is being rolled out in California, Oregon and Washington as a free service over the next 60 days, where afterwards there is only a $20 one off payment that is paid by both the garage owner and renter. Prices for garages vary depending on the density of the area, but at this stage they have ranged between $75 and $350 a month.
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