A new way to change the way you rent a car. Miami based start-up CarHopper raises $500k, aims to change the way you rent a car.
CarHopper provides car renters with a unique booking experience unlike any other. CarHopper's web and app platforms connect independently owned local car rental companies with those looking to rent the car of their choice. For many years, large car rental companies have dominated the market, providing limited options for car renters. Thanks to CarHopper, renters are now able to choose the make, model, year, and even color of the car they want to book and view its unique car profile with the click of a button.
While CarHopper has no initiation fees for car rental companies, CarHopper CEO, Bora Hamamcioglu, says that their team handpicks their affiliates based on their customer service standards and their eagerness to adapt to the CarHopper technology. "We want the customer to have the same level of convenience and go through the same streamlined CarHopper experience no matter which city and which company they rent from," says Hamamcioglu.
CarHopper runs MVR background checks for all customers looking to rent a vehicle to ensure that those renting have driving records that meet the high standards of the CarHopper community. Once a booking is confirmed, the renter is emailed the exact pickup location of the car. At the pickup time, all they need to do is to "check-in" through the app, get the car keys, and hit the road!
The companies CarHopper works with are usually looking for alternative ways to increase fleet utilization by attracting new customers. CarHopper is a desirable option for them as the company is able to target a younger and mobile generation while offering a streamlined process with little to no paperwork. To date, CarHopper has grown its inventory value to over $9 million, with vehicles covering the spectrum, ranging from moderately priced Hyundai Elantras to higher end vehicles like Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
"Whether it is a Jeep Cherokee to drive out to the Everglades for the day, a Mercedes to go out to dinner in Miami beach, or a Toyota Camry to run errands, at CarHopper we want the renter to get exactly what they are looking for, while also giving the smaller car rental companies the chance for exposure in a market where ninety-five percent is controlled by just three holding companies," says CarHopper Founder and CEO Bora Hamamcioglu.
CarHopper raised $500,000 to date in funding since officially launching in early 2016. To rent a car through CarHopper, you can visit their website at www.CarHopper.co or download their iOS and/or Android application.