HALF A CAR
- half the seats (only 2 seats!)
- half the engine
- half the weight
- half the fuel consumption
- twice the value
This is the most fuel-efficient car ever sold in America. It's rated at 70 mpg on the highway, but is getting 55 - 60 this summer (2017) when I drive it. Renters have ranged from 46 mpg to 74 mpg. The car redefines the term "high performance". A Porsche Carrera GT is loud, rough, and requires retraining of how to use a clutch, but it's still a great car. Be aware that the Insight also sacrifices driver comforts to achieve high performance. When I drive more than a few hours at a time, I wear Westone WR20's to turn the car into a Lexus. ;) Buy a pair, they're like sunglasses for your ears.
I rebuilt the transmission in this car to fix the synchros so renters no longer have to double clutch. That said, please don't downshift to first gear while moving and be gentle with the shifter, particularly for second gear. I will take you for a test ride to make sure you actually are an expert at driving with a manual transmission.
I installed nice speakers and an HD radio / CD player with USB/iPhone and aux inputs. I think the stereo sounds as good as my two Lexuses. All my cars come with EZ-Pass for your convenience, and you can request to borrow my Valentine 1 radar detector or an aux cable.
The Insight is my vehicle of choice for long-distance trips. I've had renters take it to New Orleans and back. It's relatively old, but I maintain it like an airplane. The suspension is aligned, wheels are balanced, it has good wiper blades, new windshield, great brakes. It doesn't drive like a neglected old car at all. At the moment, the only issue is a rattling heat shield, but I'll rip it off at the next oil change.
EV / Hybrid
No downshifting to 1st gear while moving. Shifts to 2nd must be gentle to avoid chipping the double-cone synchro. No smoking. Return the car clean on the inside, but don't bother washing the exterior.
2000 Honda InsightHighway Star154.562
Great experience renting from Charvak, highly recommended! The Honda Insight is a very interesting car if you are interested in tech, very unique.
One of my worst experiences. There were two numbers listed on this ad. One number to text when I got there to get the key. I texted him and he had no idea what I was talking about and told me to call some other guy and the other guy said the car you want isn't available but there's a blue SUV about a half mile down the road. WTF? I didn't request to rent a gas guzzling SUV nor did the renter ever change it to the correct vehicle I was driving. The car was overdue for an oil change, wasn't the cleanest car, and the front right tire shakes and makes a rattling noise.
Belated review here, but I can't say enough good things about Mr. Charvak and his unique little red car. I was headed to Europe and needed a refresher course on manual transmission driving. Not only did he allow me to practice with his car, he even came with me as we drove around the city and gave me helpful advice when driving stick. If you do it properly, you will save lots of gas money with this car. It is a little bit more difficult than a regular stick-shift, since this one is "double-clutch", but you get used to it quickly. Very interesting guy to talk to as well!
The car is a bit quirky, but once I got the hang of the double clutch between 1st snd 2nd gear and the charging the battery tricks, we drove everywhere and hardly used any gas! Charvak was extremely helpful and even helped us get to the T so we made our flight in time.
Charvak was great to work with! Since I hadn't driven a manual transmission in some time, he gladly gave me a quick lesson and helped me brush up on the fundamentals. Charvak was easy to communicate with and the car ran perfectly. I should also note that the gas milage was outstanding! I only filled the tank twice in almost 1000 miles. I would not hesitate to rent this car again.
I couldn't ask for anything more than the experience I had with Charvak and his Insight. Charvak is friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help in any way he can. His car is fun, fuel efficient, and just a joy to drive. Hope to rent this again soon!
Amazing. I have used a lot of carshares and used Turo a number of times. You will not find someone who understands how to make a carshare work better for you than Charvak. He is like the Four Seasons of peer-to-peer carsharing when it comes to customer service.
Charvak is very pleasant and helpful with showing you the car and how it works. I had an excellent experience renting the car. The gas mileage is amazing for saving big on gasoline. It handles very well and has everything you need to get to where you're going. Highly recommend!
Charvak was great to work with! Very smooth, easy process to pick up and drop off the car. Car itself was fun to drive and got amazing gas mileage even in stop-and-go in-town traffic. Highly recommended. Thanks Charvak!
Charvak's Honda Insight is great! He was more than accommodating to push up the time of our meeting, and very flexible with the return time. The car is small, but perfect for one or two people to take a day trip or run some errands. It gets incredible gas mileage (I drove about 170 miles which was only ~4 gallons, meaning refill only cost $11!). I highly recommend, and am looking forward to borrowing again! Thanks Charvak!
Great little car. I got about 50 miles to a gallon, which was awesome. I highly recommend it for long easy trips. If you want a fast, zippy car this might not be your top pick, but if you just want a car to get you somewhere reliably and cheaply look no further.
Overall an excellent experience. Had the car for three days and drove over 500 miles total both in city and on highways.
The vehicle itself is very well-maintained, but the older hybrids require a subtle touch. It is built for extreme efficiency, not performance nor comfort. As a result, I had to accept compromises in road noise, handling, and available power on uphills in exchange for at least halving my fuel consumption. There were moments that I felt like I was pushing the engine's capabilities, and easing off on the accelerator brought the car to a happier place. The heavy flywheel took a few mis-shifts to get used to, for which I apologize to Charvak; besides synchronizing into second gear, the transmission and clutch are very smooth. The car's small size is a breeze to park, but if I plan another trip, I would weigh its lack of cruise control and small cabin/trunk space against the significant gas savings. For two or fewer travelers on a budget, this car cannot be beat!
Great driver-owner communication before, during, and after trip. Thanks, Charvak!
Charvak's car was perfect for my trip to Montreal. Only spend 60$ in gas for a more than 600 miles trip.
Although Charvak was out of the city, he and his roommate helped me during the travel with any questions that I would ask them.
It would probably be the first of many rides with his car!
A very efficient car. I drove 500 miles and paid for the gas 35.99 and that was it. I put my head set on and I enjoyed driving it. Charvac let me know all the details about the car right away. So there were no surprises for me on the road. Will rent it again.
The renter is quick to respond, helpful, and flexible, and the picking up and dropping off of the car was very smooth. The car gets fantastic mileage, yet the manual transmission makes it more fun to drive than your typical hybrid!
Took a trip to Lee, Ma. The car is much better on the highway than expected. Low drag makes it easy to cruise fast, while getting amazing mpg. The car is sensitive in 2nd gear, just be sure to shift gently.
Charvak was great and responded quickly. And having unlimited miles and great gas mileage is great too. (I averaged 54 mpg) The car has just 2 seats, and isn't the most comfortable interior (hear road noise), but I'd definitely rent from Charvak again. Keep the unlimited miles Charvak! :)
Charvak was extremely helpful by dropping the car keys off to me at my workplace and by finding a parking space for the car upon our return. The car was a lot of fun to drive because there was a fuel consumption reporter that showed what the average miles/gallon of the trip was as our trip progressed and how many miles/gallon we were getting at any given moment in time. Our trip to NYC and back averaged 54 miles/gallon (I was hoping to get more), but that was due to the fact that I didn't know how to optimize the mileage. The sound system was not very good at all - it was hard to hear the music and it sounded tinny. But it was nice to be able to charge my iPhone and listen to Pandora via the cable provided. One thing to take note of - the car is just a 2-seater. I hadn't noticed this in the description, and we might have had another passenger, but our plans fortunately wound up working out to just the two of us on the trip, so all was well.
Charvak couldn't be a better owner/provider of a vehicle for Turo. He was very nice and extremely helpful. I hope to rent this car from him again sometime!
That's an amazing car, I really had fun to keep the fuel consuming at 70 mpg !
For a 2 people week end trip, it's the best.
May 20, 2013
Great, easy driving car. I give the highway star five stars. And Charvak is super chill and easy to work with, not to mention more responsive than is humanly possible. I give him an A+. Would definitely rent again.
Awesome little zippy car, ran great with gas mileage hatchback is perfect for a trip to best buy (i bought an easy assembled garden bed on my way home). The owner is very helpful and everything was clear and easy with him. Parking was also very convenient. Will definitely rent again, especially since its a manual :)
The car got 55mpg combined highway and hilly back country driving. With the stick and the suspension it drives a bit like a sports car but without the acceleration -- this can be fun if you enjoy shifting.