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New car-sharing service begins at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport

If you want a little extra cash this holiday season, you can now leave your vehicle at the airport for travelers to pick up on arrival, and they’ll pay you for the use.

It’s a new program at the Gerald R Ford International Airport called Turo. It works like an Airbnb, but you’re renting out your car. Any vehicle owner who wants to share their ride now has the option to leave it at the airport in Grand Rapids, and someone needing to borrow a car can - in effect - rent it.

Earlier this year, the board approved the Turo partnership, allowing vehicle drop-offs and pick-ups at the airport in designated lots. Turo spokesperson Catherine Mejia says it’s about giving people options.

“You’re not stuck at that rental car counter. You’re not stuck in those long lines. You can book your car ahead of time. So if you’re sick of that experience, you can try Turo and have a totally different experience and see if it works for you.”

Mejia says it’s not just for airport passengers either. Anyone wanting to rent a car short-term can make arrangements on the app.

“You maybe don’t have a sedan with snow tires, or don’t have the best vehicle to take you up north for the holidays so you can actually book a Turo and it’ll take you up north to live your best Pure Michigan life.”

So how much can you make renting out your vehicle on Turo? It depends.

“Do you have a Ford Focus or a Lamborghini? It kind of depends on the type of vehicle you have. You can set your own rates although we have a team at Turo that works with the host to set the best rate for that market.”

Vehicles in the Grand Rapids area are currently renting from $54 to $124 dollars a day.

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