New app Carla is like 'Tinder' for car rentals

A Turkish company has developed a new app for rental car hire.

A Turkish company has developed a new app for rental car hire.

You still swipe left or right, but instead of seeing a face, you see a car.

The app, called Carla, is compared to dating app Tinder because users can swipe cards.

You swipe right if you are interested in the rental car, or swipe left if you aren't.

Set your starting point and destination.
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Set your starting point and destination.

App developer Umut Ates, who is also the co-founder of Turkish company Kasaba Labs, said Carla recommended personalised car rentals based on specific travel needs.

"Travel should be fun and so is our app. We have 'Tinder' cards where travellers can focus on one car at a time and swipe to book."

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You can choose your rental car based on your specific travel needs.
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You can choose your rental car based on your specific travel needs.

It compares rental cars from 850 companies, including all major car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty and Europcar.

Users can rent cars from a number of New Zealand airports, as well as in downtown Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Ates came up with the idea for the app after having trouble booking a rental car after missing a flight to Milan, Italy, he said.

"I couldn't find a decent app to compare different cars from all car rental companies.

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"There are tons of websites [and] apps for hotel and airline booking, but when it comes to car rental, there are like two or three apps with limited features, [so] I decided to build Carla when I was back home."

The future of car rental booking was on mobile because people loved to book for "travel on the go", he said.

The app took six months to develop and is available in 20,000 locations in 150 countries.

Kasaba Labs takes a cut of the payments made to the rental companies through the app, however Ates would not disclose how much.

There were similar apps on the market, but Carla was different, as it did not list 20 exact same cars from 20 different suppliers with $3 price difference, he said.

The app can be downloaded, for free, on Apple devices.

WHERE DOES IT WORK?

Users can rent cars in the airports below, as well as in downtown Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch:

  • Auckland International 
  • New Plymouth
  • Blenheim
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Nelson 
  • Queenstown
  • Rotorua

 - Stuff

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