By Alex Perdikis
Since the first horse-drawn hackney for-hire service began in London and Paris in the 17th century, people have paid to get from one place to another. Whether it was a horse-drawn carriage or a motorized taxi, people in cities have always needed to get from place to place.
As times change, so do vehicle services. People who live and work in cities have a variety of options that includes public transportation and taxi services.
“Entrepreneurs, such as those who began Uber and Lyft services, stepped up to the plate to fill transportation gaps traditional services did not cover.” — Alex Perdikis
A new service called Inride fills a transportation service gap as well. Currently available in the D.C. and Baltimore areas, Inride gives a large segment of drivers the option of driving different cars on a short-term basis.
What’s Behind the Inride Idea
With the average monthly loan payment for a car hitting $523, many people opt for a lease instead. Leasing also allows drivers to turn in a car and drive something new periodically. However, leasing a vehicle is usually a 12-month or longer contract and includes paying for insurance, maintenance and the price reflects a driver’s credit rating. Leasing usually requires a downpayment as well.
But, what if there was a short-term rental service that let you pay a flat rate that covers insurance, maintenance and repair costs? And, what if you were able to swap out your car for a different one free of charge? Doesn’t that sound like a cool idea?
If you don’t want to commit to purchasing a car and paying a big monthly payment or get stuck in a long-term lease, Inride may be just what you’re looking for.
How Inride Works
Users begin by signing up on the Inride app. Drivers then select from available vehicles. After approval, Inride delivers the vehicle to the user who can use it for as long as they choose.
Speaking of options, you’ll love your vehicle choices. Inride offers two tiers of services. If you want the Premier Tier, you’ll choose from vehicles such as the Mercedes C-Class, Ford F-150 and Ford Explorer. If you prefer the Ultra Tier, you’ll find high-end options such as a Corvette or Porsche.
Not only does Inride give you short-term options without the long-term hassles, but you also get the fun of driving the latest generation body styles for each model.
Moving Beyond the D.C. and Baltimore Markets
While Lyft and Uber fill the needs of consumers who need to get somewhere fast, Inride gives people who want to drive themselves in a car they love a way to do it. Inride is also appealing to the increasing numbers of millennials who shy away from making large purchases like homes and cars.
If the Inride service excels in the local markets, expanding the service to other regions across the country is likely. The need to get from place A to place B never changes. But, there’s always something new in the way you get there.
Alex Perdikis, Koons of Silver Spring general manager and owner, lives in Chevy Chase with his wife and daughters.