Skip the wait: Uber now offering entire car rentals directly from the app

The long, pesky wait for an Uber may now be a thing of the past.

On Wednesday, the ride-sharing service began offering riders a new option to book long-term car rentals right from the app.

Uber has partnered up with brands like Avis and Hertz to provide Uber Rent to passengers nationwide, with an additional valet service rolling out in DC next month, CNN Business reported.

Car rental prices will be set by the rental companies, Uber said, and the ride-sharing company plans to take a cut of the bookings in a similar way that travel booking sites operate.

The new service comes during a shortage of rental cars in the US after many companies sold much of their fleet early into the coronavirus pandemic.

The company is offering a 10% rebate on all bookings with Uber Cash, money that can be spent on Uber’s app for various other purchases, the outlet reports.  The company has not announced how long the rebate will last.

Uber plans to make rental deliveries entirely contactless to follow social distancing guidelines. The company will use authentication methods like unique PIN codes to make sure only the customer can access the vehicle.

At the company event on Wednesday, Uber also announced plans for a new valet service, which will cost a similar price as an on-demand ride.

Ride-share competitor Lyft began offering car rentals through its app in 2019 and has since expanded in 15 states and the District of Columbia through a partnership with the car rental company Sixt.

Both Uber and Lyft are continuing to offer “free rides” to people traveling to vaccination centers and appointments.

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