Miami-based startup CarHopper is a car rental booking platform that connects independently-owned local car rental companies with those looking to rent the car of their choice. CarHopper offers both a web and app platform.
CarHopper has no initiation fees for car rental companies, but Bora Hamamcioglu, CEO of CarHopper, says that its team handpicks its affiliates based on their customer service standards.
“We want the customer to go through the same streamlined CarHopper experience no matter which city and which company they rent from,” says Hamamcioglu.
CarHopper runs MVR background checks on all customers looking to rent a vehicle, according to the company. Once a booking is confirmed, the renter is emailed the exact pickup location of the car. At the pickup time, the renter can “check-in” through the app and get the car keys.
The rental companies that CarHopper works with are usually looking for alternative ways to increase fleet utilization. CarHopper is a desirable option since it targets a younger and mobile generation while offering a streamlined process with little to no paperwork, according to the company.
To date, CarHopper has grown its inventory, with vehicles ranging from Hyundai Elantras to higher-end vehicles like Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
“Whether it is a Jeep Cherokee to drive out to the Everglades for the day, a Mercedes to go out to dinner in Miami beach, or a Toyota Camry to run errands, at CarHoppper we want the renter to get exactly what they are looking for, while also giving the smaller car rental companies the chance for exposure in a market where 95% is controlled by just three holding companies,” says Hamamcioglu.
Since its launch in early 2016, CarHopper has raised $500,000 in funding, according to the company.