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Share Cars On Campus

Published 05/07/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Wheelz is an application that makes campus car sharing possible. Presently, Wheelz supports the college campuses of Stanford, USC, UC Berkeley and UCLA and they are looking to expand. Wheelz is a third-party service that offers 24/7 customer care and roadside assistance for its users. Users of Wheelz can search through many different kinds of cars and book the car on the calendar for whatever amount of time that they need. Wheelz insures all of the rides and riders under its multi-million dollar insurance policy. For drivers, Wheelz could be a cheap and easy way to get a ride if they are without a car. For car-owners, they can be putting their car to work and possibly earn up to a couple extra hundred dollars per month listing their car on the Wheelz database. Basically, when car-owners sign up Wheelz comes out and installs a "Wheelz Drive Box" on their ride. This make the management of the Wheelz program possible. Wheelz has all kinds of rates setup for the drivers and themselves to be profitable. It is handy for the students who don't have a car on campus, since they can pick a ride and use it just when they need it.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Wheelz started on the Stanford college campus and received so much praise that Berkeley, USC and UCLA quickly wanted it on their campuses as well. Wheelz was founded by Jeff Miller and Akhtar Jameel. It is supported today by a group of 13 members. The Wheelz team is based out of Palo Alto, California.

What are the differences to other apps?

Wheelz is different from other car rental companies since its rates are intended for quick stops and it is centered on college campuses and intended for college students. Wheelz is also backed by its own million dollar insurance policy and gas is included for the renters. Wheelz uses a Wheelz Drive Box to keep track of everything and eliminate the need for key exchanges or anything else that could make the process difficult. Also Wheelz does its own DMZ background checks of its members to avoid any very bad drivers right off the bat.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Wheelz is very well designed and has a fresh, young look to it. It is easy to navigate, responsive and the mobile apps that they offer help make the program even easier to use. This is because the Wheelz mobile application can help users locate their car and manage the entire rental process for all parties.

How does the registration process work?

Users can register for a Wheelz account for free. They can do so by clicking on the "Sign Up" button located in the upper-right corner of the site's homepage. New users will need to link their Facebook account in order to get started, so having Facebook is a must. Once linked, users can go through the rest of the Wheelz sign up process.

What does it cost to use the application?

Wheelz is free to sign up and become a member. For car owners, it can actually be a source of extra income. For renters, the rates of car rentals vary on the car model.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Wheelz is a handy application that all students attending Stanford, USC, UCLA and UC Berkeley should at least know about. It would be a super application if it was available to more people!

  • Find a ride from the online database of cars
  • Rent a car by the hour, by the day or week
  • Free 24/7 customer care and roadside service
  • Backed by the Wheelz Million Dollar Insurance Policy

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