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Fifteen Best Used Car Choices for Smart Buyers

By Keith Griffin. Used Cars Expert

Keith Griffin has been an automotive journalist and new car reviewer for more than 13 years. His experience as a journalist dates back 35 years. He is currently immediate president of the New England Motor Press Association.

One person s best used car is another person s nightmare but this list of the 15 best used cars by segment manages to hit the mark in many ways.

This list was compiled by Edmunds.com. which I consistently rank as the best online source for automotive information. Its pricing on used cars favors the consumer and its research is always in-depth and thorough. I would rank it second only to Consumer Reports as a valuable resource for used car buyers.

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The Edmunds.com list of best used cars isn t ranked in order but I m going to take the liberty of doing that for you. I am customizing the list to make it a true ranking of the best used cars. However, because it is based on segment, there will be better used cars out there than some listed here.

Best Used Cars for 2012

Compact Sedan: 2005-2010 Hyundai Elantra – This would have to rank as the best overall basic transportation on the list. It s not going to win a lot of style awards but it is going to be dependable.

Midsize Sedan: 2005-2010 Nissan Altima – frankly I have always wondered how this car is not the best-selling car in America. Used Altimas are going to become great values thanks to the introduction of the new model.

Wagon: 2005-2010 Pontiac Vibe – Kudos to Edmunds.com for including a discontinued model. A used Pontiac is going to be just fine and the fact that is basically a Toyota Matrix make it an ever better value.

Coupe: 2005-2010 BMW 3 Series – Edmunds really should have made a category called premium coupe and include the 3 series there.

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This was the first generation, in my opinion, that the 3 series became a great car.

Compact SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Honda CR-V – There s nary a complaint one can make about the CR-V. It s a solid vehicle that might sell at a good price as this is being written in June 2012 because the compact market is cooling off as gas prices drop.

Large Sedan: 2006-2010 Hyundai Azera – Talk about a car that gets little respect and the Azera comes to mind. It s a premium sedan at a domestic price. It s a used car you will never regret buying, especially when making monthly payments.

Minivan/Van: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey – Yada, yada, yada the Odyssey wins more accolades, but there s a reason: it s a much better minivan for everyday use than the Sienna, which dads may not like driving.

Luxury: 2005-2010 Infiniti G35/G37 – Owning a used Infiniti G37 may not mean lots of heads turning your way as you drive by for the average person but people in the know will respect your wisdom and good taste. One caveat, though, would be the convertible model. I drove a 2010 Infiniti G37 convertible that had a small leak during heavy rains.

Hybrid: 2005-2010 Toyota Prius – There are other hybrids out there, but nobody is doing it as well as Toyota for the last 10 years. About.com has a great video on buying a used hybrid that should be helpful.

Sport Compact: 2005-2010 Subaru Impreza WRX – This is really a great sports car dollar for dollar but, please, don t buy one for a teenage driver. It s a vehicle best left to mature drivers.

Convertible: 2005-2010 Mazda Miata – The Miata, also known as the Miata MX-5, is the perfect used car for a midlife crisis. It puts a smile on your face when you drive it and isn t going to get you in trouble like a used Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro might.

Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Ford Explorer – No list is perfect and I would include this as Exhibit A. Hyundai, Kia and Toyota make better crossovers than the Explorer in this generation and I m going to say the same thing about the current generation, too.

Large SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Chevrolet Tahoe – Is bland better? Again, there is nothing wrong with the Tahoe, but I consider it uninspired. The Asians do this category better.

Compact Truck: 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma – No arguments from me mostly because I don t consider myself much of an expert on pickups. By the way, About s truck expert Dale Wickell offers good advice on how to buy a used pickup .

Large Truck: 2005-2010 Ford F-150 – Again, no arguments from me. Plus, I don t want to anger the Chevy and Dodge pickup owners out there with strong opinions.

For those of you keeping track at home, here is how the list of the best used cars was compiled. A team of Edmunds.com editors assembled the list, which emphasizes the most important criteria to consider when researching and deciding on a used vehicle: reliability, safety, value and availability. Eligibility was limited to vehicles ranging from two to seven years old.


Used Cars For Sale – Online Buying Guide For Used Automobiles in 2012 #car #parts #warehouse


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Used Cars For Sale 2012

This page will serve as a buying guide for those people looking for used cars for sale in 2012. When you decide to buy a used vehicle there are certain steps you should take to make sure that you get the best deal. In the age of the internet there are also many used car scams that you should obviously avoid. This guide will also benefit anyone that is looking to sell their pre owned car. No matter which side of the bargaining table you sit, it wise to be aware of the other person’s viewpoint as well.

We highly suggest that you print out a few copies of our Used Car Checklist .  The checklist is a printable pdf and is easy to print.  If you are looking to sell your car, please see our guide to selling a used car .

This article will provide an eight point guide for how to purchase a used automobile. If you follow the eight tips that we provide, chances are you will get a better deal on your next used car purchase. While some of these tips may seem like commons sense, many people fail miserably at doing their due diligence before purchased pre owned vehicles.

Used Cars for Sale Tip #1 – Choose your preferred vehicle but be flexible

It is obviously important to look for your preferred used car for sale. With that being said it is also important to be flexible when shopping for a used vehicle. It’s perfectly fine to choose a make and model that you want, but if a slightly different model comes along at a great price be prepared to act.

Be flexible when it comes to options on used cars that are for sale. Buyers tend to get too attached to options such as sunroof, rear air, trims, and many more. When you get attached to certain options it can be difficult to resist a vehicle that matches all of your desired options. This often leads people to overpay for a vehicle. Don’t overpay to satisfy your craving for the perfect vehicle.

Pre Owned Vehicles Tip #2 – Test drive at a dealership first

Even if you have zero plans on buying from a dealer, I would suggest test driving vehicles at a dealer. You may think that you know what the perfect vehicle is for you, but you really don’t know until you drive that type of car. Dealers also have many similar cars available that you can test drive. This gives you an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast similar models.

You can also visit more than one dealer to test drive cars. This gives you an opportunity to test drive the exact same model multiple times. This will help you to be sure that you have indeed found the right model for you. This also gives you experience test driving multiple vehicles of the same or similar type. This can help you to see how a car is supposed to drive before you test drive the car of an individual. If something isn’t right with the car, you are more likely to know.

Used Auto Tip #3 – Know how to value a car

The standard when it comes to valuing used cars is Kelly Blue Book. You can visit their website at www.kbb.com. Know the value of the car before you go to look at it. When using KBB to value a car you will always be able to view three different values. These three values are called wholesale, private party, and retail. When buying a car from an individual you should almost always use the private party value as a guide. I might go even further and say to use this value as a basis when viewing cars at a dealership as well.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when using KBB to get a general value of a car. Some of these important factors are listed below.

  • The true value of a used car is what someone will pay for it.
  • The lower the book value on a car, the closer to private party value you can expect to pay.
  • The higher the value, the more likely you are to purchase at below private party value. This is because it is much harder for someone to pay $25,000 in cash for a used vehicle. Most cars of this value are sold at a dealer, as people need financing. This item is becoming less of a factor as many folks are actually financing when buying from an individual.
  • Don’t value a car using the “excellent” value. Rarely is a car really excellent, and using the “good value” is more acceptable.
  • Cross check any KBB values with another online valuation system (NADA, Edmunds, etc).

Used Car Buying Tip #4 – Look closely at the interior of a vehicle

More often than not, the condition of an interior will give you a good idea of vehicle condition under the hood. This is by no means a steadfast rule, but it just makes sense, especially in 2012 and beyond. If someone is diligent in caring for the inside of the car, they are probably also diligent in taking care of the engine, transmission, and other important vehicle parts. Having a clean car is good, but there are also other things you need to keep in mind when looking at the interior of a car.

  • Do the locks function properly?
  • Do the car windows work like they should?
  • Do the seats adjust properly?
  • Do the seats sag?
  • Do all switches and buttons work? (radio, lights, trunk, hood, etc)
  • Are the floor mats extremely worn?
  • If some of those things are broken or don’t work just right, then that is not a good sign. Wouldn’t you rather buy from someone who was always on top of fixing the car interior?

Used Cars for Sale Tip #5 – Ask about service records and vehicle history report

Asking about both of these things is a must when looking at used cars for sale. An organized owner who has kept all service records has probably been pretty diligent about servicing the vehicle on a regular basis. When you flip through the records, ask questions as you go. One good question to ask is has there ever been any work done to the engine or transmission? You may also want to ask if they would mind giving the shop permission to discuss previous service work with you. Any hesitation could be a sign of problems they haven’t provided paperwork for.

People that are serious about selling their used vehicle have already pulled a vehicle history report. You should ask if you can look at this, and be sure to look at the things that are listed below. The most popular vehicle history report is Carfax .  If you are looking to buy or sell an automobile you have probably heard the phrase Show me the Carfax .

  • Has the automobile been wrecked?
  • How many owners has the car had?
  • Does the odometer check come out ok?
  • Has the car been sold at auction?
  • Does it have a salvage title?

If there are any issues on the vehicle history report, be sure to dig deeper to see what has caused the problems.

Pre Owned Automobiles Tip #6 – Learn how to negotiate

It is important that you understand how to negotiate when buying a used car. Being able to negotiate properly can help you to save money when buying a car. Being cordial and professional with a seller can also help to disarm them, which in turn can lead to a better deal. Below you will find some tips on how to negotiate a used car price.

  • Ask what they would be willing to accept?
  • If they don’t come up with a figure be prepared to make an offer.
  • Have cash in hand or the ability to get a cashiers check same day.
  • Don’t be afraid to offend a seller with a lowball offer – you can always up the offer.
  • Don’t seem desperate to buy the automobile.
  • Avoid words and phrases like “love” and “I really want this car”.
  • See how many similar cars are available in your area.

Used Car Buying Tip #7 – Get the car checked by a pro

Thousands of people buy and sell cars every day without getting the car checked by a mechanic. Don’t be one of those people. Negotiate the price of the car first, and after you have reached an agreement, tell the seller that you want to take the car to get checked out. A seller with nothing to hide will have no problem with allowing you to get the automobile checked out.

I realize that it costs money to get a car checked out, but it could save you thousands by avoiding a potential lemon. I advise you to get this done after negotiating a price because I see little point in getting the car inspected before you have reached an agreement on price. It will likely only take an hour or two of your time, and this could prevent years of headaches. Most used cars are sold as is, so know what you are buying.

Pre Owned Buying Tip #8 – Avoid online scams

The best advice that I can give to avoid being scammed when buying or selling a car is an old saying that you have probably heard before. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.


Renting out your own car for cash – Jun. 19, 2012 #car #batteries #online


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Rent your car for cash

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Neil St. Clair owns a BMW 5-series and if you want, he’ll let you drive it for $15 an hour or $75 a day.

Neil St. Clair rents out his BMW 5-series on RelayRides.

With monthly payments and insurance, I was in the black last month, he said. Basically, I have the car for free.

He made about $700 in May, he said, his first month using the site.

But for St. Clair and a lot of others, it’s not just about the money. They like the fact that their unused car is doing someone some good.

I’m glad I can help people out when the car is just sitting there as dead weight, said St. Clair.

St. Clair rents his car through a national company called RelayRides. A smaller competitor, Getaround, operates in California’s Bay Area, Portland, Ore. and Austin, Texas.

The rental companies each provide up to $1 million worth of liability insurance coverage on the cars during the times they are being rented. Getaround’s insurance coverage is provided by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway ( BRKA. Fortune 500 ). RelayRides’ users are covered by Hudson Insurance.

To make sure customers are protected, some states have passed laws that dictate minimum insurance requirements for peer-to-peer car-sharing companies.

Besides insurance, RelayRides and Getaround require that renters submit license information and submit to a check of their driving records before being allowed to rent cars.

Also, owners have the right to decline a rental request for any reason — or no reason — at all. St. Clair said he won’t rent to people who sound unfriendly. He figures it’s not a good sign for how they’re going to treat his car.

For St. Clair there have been occasional problems. Mostly they’ve been small nuisances like a soda bottle left in the car or the lingering smell of cigarette smoke. But others have experienced much more serious issues.

A nightmare scenario: There has been at least one case, as reported recently by the New York Times. in which a car owned by a RelayRides user, was involved in a fatal wreck with damages that could top $1 million.

The case has yet to be sorted out. But because determining who pays is still unclear, the insurance industry remains leery of covering individuals renting out their cars.

We advise consumers who participate in peer-to-peer ride sharing to read their insurance policies carefully and talk to their insurance agent to make sure they know exactly what is covered, said Loretta Worters, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute.

RelayRides founder Shelby Clark said, We feel very confident that the car owner [and his or her insurance company] should not have any liability.

In a more typical sort of situation, Emily Castor of San Francisco, who rents her car out through Getaround, said the car was once returned to her with a large scratch on one side.

The company took it and had it repaired in a shop and brought it back to me, she said. They had it fixed better than new.

There are still unanswered questions, though. For instance, Worters asked, What if a crash is caused by an improperly maintained car?

But despite these issues, car rental programs are picking up steam and attracting the attention of larger corporations.

For example, General Motors ( GM. Fortune 500 ) is teaming up with RelayRides so that owners of GM vehicles will be able to use the automaker’s OnStar system to provide quick access to their car without the owner and the renter ever having to meet.

As it is now, renters and owners have to meet to hand off the keys or a separate device has to be installed on the car to allow renters access with a magnetic card.

OnStar currently has six million active subscribers and another 9 million cars have OnStar hardware installed, ready to be activated. That makes for a huge pool of available cars for potential customers, said Clark.

First Published: June 19, 2012: 7:43 AM ET


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UK car sales figures for 2012

More than 2.03 million cars were registered in the UK in 2012, an increase of 5.47 per cent on 2011.

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Car sales in the UK reached 2,036,101 in 2012, according to the year-end figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The total, which represents an increase of 5.47 per cent, is an improvement of 105,588 on the previous year as the UK became the second largest car market in Europe behind Germany.

Ford s Fiesta was the top-selling car of 2012, although it was outsold in Scotland by the Vauxhall Corsa, which was the second best seller throughout the UK. The Ford Focus was the third highest seller overall in the UK, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.

Ford enjoyed market share of 13.79 per cent, with Vauxhall in second at 11.36 per cent despite selling 2.6 per cent fewer cars than in 2011. Volkswagen was third overall with 8.96 per cent market share, with BMW and Audi in fourth and fifth (6.24 and 6.05% respectively).

The big losers include Renault (down 40.4% on 2011), Alfa Romeo (-37.3%) and Mazda (-16.1%). Some niche producers also fared badly, with Lotus down 58.4 per cent after selling only 137 cars in 2012, while Maserati fell by 20.4% and Aston Martin by almost 9%.


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Configure FTP Server in Windows Server 2012

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a very popular protocol that allows users to upload and download files easily. Windows Server 2012 is packed up with FTP features. You can configure FTP server in Windows Server 2012 by installing FTP server role. In this article, I will show you step by step process of installing and configuring FTP server role in Windows Server 2012.

Configure FTP Server in Windows Server 2012

At first, install the FTP server role. In Server 2012, you can install FTP server role under the IIS server role. So, let s get started. Open Server Manager. On the menu, click Manage and click Add Roles and Features .

Click Next on Before You Begin window. Click Role-based or feature based installation and click Next .

Select the server and click Next again.

Now, expand the web server (IIS) role. Select the FTP server and click Next .

We don t need to add any features, so click Next again. Click Finish on the Confirmation window.

After installing FTP server role, open the Internet Information Services (IIS) console. Connect to the local server. Expand the local server.

Right-click the sites and click Add FTP Site .

Now type the name for the FTP site. Configure the folder where the files will be stored. Create some files in the folder for test purpose. I will create a file and a folder. These files will be accessed via FTP client by users. Now click Next .

Configure the IP address of this server. The IP address must match the address configured in the network adapter of this server. This IP address will be used by client to access the FTP server. Check the start FTP site automatically. Choose No SSL and click Next .

Choose Basic for authentication. Basic authentication doesn t use encryption mechanism so username/password are sent in clear text. By default, basic authentication matches username/password from Active Directory database or you can create user accounts in IIS. You can create users in IIS after installing Management Server under Management Tools which is in Web Server (IIS) role. Under authorization. select all users to allow FTP access to all users of the domain. Check both read and write under permissions .

Now browse FTP server from the client machine. Type the IP address on the browser as ftp://192.168.1.1/ . It will show the following page.

Now, press ALT key in you keyboard which will show the menu bar. Then click View and click Open FTP site in File Explorer .

Now the FTP server will ask for username and password. Enter the username and password which was created in AD Users and Computers. Then click Log On. Here, I had already created username called JCorner in active directory.

After clicking the Log On button you can see the files in the FTP server.

You can see the file and folder in the FTP server. You can also use FTP client like, FileZilla to access the FTP server from client machine. So, this is how you install and configure FTP server.

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UK car sales figures for 2012

More than 2.03 million cars were registered in the UK in 2012, an increase of 5.47 per cent on 2011.

Comments

Car sales in the UK reached 2,036,101 in 2012, according to the year-end figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The total, which represents an increase of 5.47 per cent, is an improvement of 105,588 on the previous year as the UK became the second largest car market in Europe behind Germany.

Ford s Fiesta was the top-selling car of 2012, although it was outsold in Scotland by the Vauxhall Corsa, which was the second best seller throughout the UK. The Ford Focus was the third highest seller overall in the UK, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.

Ford enjoyed market share of 13.79 per cent, with Vauxhall in second at 11.36 per cent despite selling 2.6 per cent fewer cars than in 2011. Volkswagen was third overall with 8.96 per cent market share, with BMW and Audi in fourth and fifth (6.24 and 6.05% respectively).

The big losers include Renault (down 40.4% on 2011), Alfa Romeo (-37.3%) and Mazda (-16.1%). Some niche producers also fared badly, with Lotus down 58.4 per cent after selling only 137 cars in 2012, while Maserati fell by 20.4% and Aston Martin by almost 9%.


Renting out your own car for cash – Jun. 19, 2012 #performance #car #insurance


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Rent your car for cash

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Neil St. Clair owns a BMW 5-series and if you want, he’ll let you drive it for $15 an hour or $75 a day.

Neil St. Clair rents out his BMW 5-series on RelayRides.

With monthly payments and insurance, I was in the black last month, he said. Basically, I have the car for free.

He made about $700 in May, he said, his first month using the site.

But for St. Clair and a lot of others, it’s not just about the money. They like the fact that their unused car is doing someone some good.

I’m glad I can help people out when the car is just sitting there as dead weight, said St. Clair.

St. Clair rents his car through a national company called RelayRides. A smaller competitor, Getaround, operates in California’s Bay Area, Portland, Ore. and Austin, Texas.

The rental companies each provide up to $1 million worth of liability insurance coverage on the cars during the times they are being rented. Getaround’s insurance coverage is provided by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway ( BRKA. Fortune 500 ). RelayRides’ users are covered by Hudson Insurance.

To make sure customers are protected, some states have passed laws that dictate minimum insurance requirements for peer-to-peer car-sharing companies.

Besides insurance, RelayRides and Getaround require that renters submit license information and submit to a check of their driving records before being allowed to rent cars.

Also, owners have the right to decline a rental request for any reason — or no reason — at all. St. Clair said he won’t rent to people who sound unfriendly. He figures it’s not a good sign for how they’re going to treat his car.

For St. Clair there have been occasional problems. Mostly they’ve been small nuisances like a soda bottle left in the car or the lingering smell of cigarette smoke. But others have experienced much more serious issues.

A nightmare scenario: There has been at least one case, as reported recently by the New York Times. in which a car owned by a RelayRides user, was involved in a fatal wreck with damages that could top $1 million.

The case has yet to be sorted out. But because determining who pays is still unclear, the insurance industry remains leery of covering individuals renting out their cars.

We advise consumers who participate in peer-to-peer ride sharing to read their insurance policies carefully and talk to their insurance agent to make sure they know exactly what is covered, said Loretta Worters, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute.

RelayRides founder Shelby Clark said, We feel very confident that the car owner [and his or her insurance company] should not have any liability.

In a more typical sort of situation, Emily Castor of San Francisco, who rents her car out through Getaround, said the car was once returned to her with a large scratch on one side.

The company took it and had it repaired in a shop and brought it back to me, she said. They had it fixed better than new.

There are still unanswered questions, though. For instance, Worters asked, What if a crash is caused by an improperly maintained car?

But despite these issues, car rental programs are picking up steam and attracting the attention of larger corporations.

For example, General Motors ( GM. Fortune 500 ) is teaming up with RelayRides so that owners of GM vehicles will be able to use the automaker’s OnStar system to provide quick access to their car without the owner and the renter ever having to meet.

As it is now, renters and owners have to meet to hand off the keys or a separate device has to be installed on the car to allow renters access with a magnetic card.

OnStar currently has six million active subscribers and another 9 million cars have OnStar hardware installed, ready to be activated. That makes for a huge pool of available cars for potential customers, said Clark.

First Published: June 19, 2012: 7:43 AM ET


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2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe Values

Cadillac’s only two-door model, the 2012 CTS Coupe represents the sharpest performance aspects in the luxury car stable. Wearing a redesigned grille with a more flamboyant badge, the 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe is propelled by rear and all-wheel drive model in base, Performance and Premium trim levels. Bluetooth connectivity, XM Satellite radio, cruise control and remote vehicle start is standard on all models. Blind-zone alert has been added to option list for the CTS Coupe for 2012. For 2012, the higher output V-6 engine of the Cadillac CTS Coupe has been swapped with a lighter, more refined model. A 6-cylinder rated at 3.6 liters in displacement like the previous powerplant, the 2012 engine incorporates several weight saving components and improved performance. Producing 318 horsepower matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the more potent 3.6 liter V-6 engine for the 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe still records fuel mileage averaging over 23 miles per gallon.

2012 model year changes View changes +

The CTS’s 3.6L V6 engine gets a bit more power for 2012. The CTS sedan, wagon and coupe all get slightly revised exterior and interior trim.

With its edgy styling, sport-tuned chassis, and luxurious interior appointments, the Cadillac CTS is well-placed to take on mid-size sport sedans from Japan and Europe. The CTS now comes in coupe, sedan and wagon forms as well as a couple of super-high performance CTS-V models that perform as well as anything in the world. The CTS has got something for every price point.


Renting out your own car for cash – Jun. 19, 2012 #best #car #deals


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Rent your car for cash

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Neil St. Clair owns a BMW 5-series and if you want, he’ll let you drive it for $15 an hour or $75 a day.

Neil St. Clair rents out his BMW 5-series on RelayRides.

With monthly payments and insurance, I was in the black last month, he said. Basically, I have the car for free.

He made about $700 in May, he said, his first month using the site.

But for St. Clair and a lot of others, it’s not just about the money. They like the fact that their unused car is doing someone some good.

I’m glad I can help people out when the car is just sitting there as dead weight, said St. Clair.

St. Clair rents his car through a national company called RelayRides. A smaller competitor, Getaround, operates in California’s Bay Area, Portland, Ore. and Austin, Texas.

The rental companies each provide up to $1 million worth of liability insurance coverage on the cars during the times they are being rented. Getaround’s insurance coverage is provided by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway ( BRKA. Fortune 500 ). RelayRides’ users are covered by Hudson Insurance.

To make sure customers are protected, some states have passed laws that dictate minimum insurance requirements for peer-to-peer car-sharing companies.

Besides insurance, RelayRides and Getaround require that renters submit license information and submit to a check of their driving records before being allowed to rent cars.

Also, owners have the right to decline a rental request for any reason — or no reason — at all. St. Clair said he won’t rent to people who sound unfriendly. He figures it’s not a good sign for how they’re going to treat his car.

For St. Clair there have been occasional problems. Mostly they’ve been small nuisances like a soda bottle left in the car or the lingering smell of cigarette smoke. But others have experienced much more serious issues.

A nightmare scenario: There has been at least one case, as reported recently by the New York Times. in which a car owned by a RelayRides user, was involved in a fatal wreck with damages that could top $1 million.

The case has yet to be sorted out. But because determining who pays is still unclear, the insurance industry remains leery of covering individuals renting out their cars.

We advise consumers who participate in peer-to-peer ride sharing to read their insurance policies carefully and talk to their insurance agent to make sure they know exactly what is covered, said Loretta Worters, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute.

RelayRides founder Shelby Clark said, We feel very confident that the car owner [and his or her insurance company] should not have any liability.

In a more typical sort of situation, Emily Castor of San Francisco, who rents her car out through Getaround, said the car was once returned to her with a large scratch on one side.

The company took it and had it repaired in a shop and brought it back to me, she said. They had it fixed better than new.

There are still unanswered questions, though. For instance, Worters asked, What if a crash is caused by an improperly maintained car?

But despite these issues, car rental programs are picking up steam and attracting the attention of larger corporations.

For example, General Motors ( GM. Fortune 500 ) is teaming up with RelayRides so that owners of GM vehicles will be able to use the automaker’s OnStar system to provide quick access to their car without the owner and the renter ever having to meet.

As it is now, renters and owners have to meet to hand off the keys or a separate device has to be installed on the car to allow renters access with a magnetic card.

OnStar currently has six million active subscribers and another 9 million cars have OnStar hardware installed, ready to be activated. That makes for a huge pool of available cars for potential customers, said Clark.

First Published: June 19, 2012: 7:43 AM ET


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