Ya'all know that cars are part of my Mia On The Go travel package and my recent experience with Maven was fabulous! I met the Maven representatives at the Denver Auto Show and was so impressed with the concept that I just had to try it out myself <insert vision of me jumping up & down and clapping my hands>. General Motors has created a mobile car sharing program that allows you to search your local area & find the car you want to rent.Super cool – just open the Maven app, search for cars in your area, choose a car and you can start the car with your phone. Cray Cray.
Here's how it works:
Download the Maven app & get signed up. The sign up process takes a little time but that's because Maven is super careful about the info you input – you are basically signing up for the ease of renting a car through your phone so you'll need to jump through sign up hoops for that privilege! With that being said, I would suggest signing out of the app on your phone when you are NOT using it. Because hey, ya never know what happens if your phone goes missing. 😉
Once you get signed up, sign on, search for vehicles in your area, reserve it, show up to location, start the car with your phone and BOOM. You are good to go. Maven has built in chargers so no need to worry about your phone dying. On the flip side, though… keep it charged if you are away from the car. Obvs!
I was super delighted when I picked up the 2017 Cadillac Escalade – it was fully loaded and like driving a luxury tank.
Once you are done, drop off the car in the same location and end the ride on your phone. THAT'S IT! I love that Maven has partnered with the different cities to provide reserved parking too. Makes it SUPER easy for pickup and dropoff.
For a long term rental, Maven is pricey so it's designed more for running errands and short term rides. The upscale cars are perfect for “must impress” situations such as realtor showings, business airport pickups, fool your date, that kinda thing. 😀
What started as an amenity to realtors in NY is now in these cities: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orland, San Francisco, Washington, DC
Here's another cool aspect. Julia Stein, GM VP of Urban Mobility (um, LOVE that title and that GM has females in the CSuite) recently announced that Maven also loan cars on a short-term basis to the ride-share industry. Steyn said. “You can drive for Lyft, you can drive for Uber … drive for delivery services like Grubhub and Instacart,” Source: This could definitely be a leg up for those who want to drive for income but don't have the proper car.
Maven is perfect for me for my travels – hopefully they will be opening in more cities!
Bloggers Note: Maven was kind enough to compensate my test drive – however, this blogpost is an honest account of my experience. All sentiments are my very own.