posted on December 3, 2020

Starting in early 2021, Turo guests will be able to book trips in the Empire State with Commercial Hosts — independent car rental entrepreneurs — on our marketplace for the first time. With this change, Turo will be available in all 50 US states! 

Bringing Commercial Hosts back to New York in 2021 will be a major milestone towards achieving our vision of ensuring that wherever you are, you can find the perfect vehicle for your next adventure from a trusted Turo host. We also see this launch as a huge step forward in bringing our peer-to-peer marketplace back to New York. 

Turo Commercial Hosts in New York

Since Turo welcomed its first Commercial Hosts on the marketplace in 2018, guests have benefitted from greater access to cars wherever their journey takes them throughout the world, and Commercial Hosts have gained the ability to better compete with big-box car rental companies by offering their cars to our global community of over 14 million.

For New Yorkers, this launch couldn’t have come at a better time. We know that the traditional car rental experience is broken in New York. Travelers are typically saddled with the highest rental car prices in the country, terrible selection, and poor service. We plan to offer a better alternative for Turo guests than the car rental behemoths in New York and are currently curating a roster of independent, licensed, and insured car rental entrepreneurs of all sizes to do so. So, in early 2021, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on the exact timing of our launch with Commercial Hosts in New York.

The future of peer-to-peer car sharing in New York 

New York is one of the most popular travel destinations in the US, and we are very excited about the opportunity to reenter the state and work with our Commercial Host partners to bring one-of-a-kind Turo experiences to New Yorkers and visitors alike. 

In the coming months, we anticipate big things in New York from our Commercial Hosts and we plan to build on that momentum by working with the New York State Legislature to get our peer-to-peer business back in the state soon as possible.

Want to become a Commercial Host in New York? Discover more about the program and see if it’s right for your small business.

Andre is the Turo CEO and a true car enthusiast. After many years in the consumer web space, he combines his passion for cars, technology, and the environment each day at Turo as he works to put the world’s one billion cars to better use.