When visiting Florida earlier this year, Parisian Charlotte de Vilmorin who has been in a wheelchair her entire life was desperately searching for a car adapted for people with disabilities. She finally found one, but soon discovered how expensive it was to rent for 10 days, it cost her approximately $1,000. She cofounded Wheeliz, a French car-sharing service that easily connects people with disabilities to owners of adapted cars.
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There are approximately 100,000 privately owned adapted cars in France, de Vilmorin says, but they may not necessarily be in use every day. Wheeliz offers the opportunity for adapted car owners to earn extra money by renting out their vehicles, helping out someone who needs assistance with transportation.
Car owners can list their vehicles on Wheeliz at a recommended daily fee of €50 to €60 ($55 to $65 USD). The startup takes a 30% commission and provides insurance. In contrast, traditional car rental service Hertz tells Mashable its adapted cars go from €80 to €180 ($90 to $200) per day, depending on the type of car and number days you want to rent. One local French service charges €79 to €199 ($87-$220). Read more…