What is car sharing?

Car sharing allows you to borrow a car when you need one, or share your car with others and earn money. Avail makes it simple by taking care of everything, from key exchange and cleaning to inspections and insurance, for a streamlined, stress-free experience.

How Avail works

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Borrow a car

We make it simple to borrow the car you need when you need it. It’s easy to get started:
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Create an Avail account and validate your driver's license.
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Choose your dates, vehicle type and pick-up location.
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Head to the Avail lot, grab the keys and go.
To borrow a car, drivers need to be 21+ years old, pass a motor vehicle records check, provide a valid U.S. driver’s license and have a valid payment method.
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Share my car

Leave your keys with us and come back to a clean car and easy money. Signing up is simple:
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Create an Avail account and share details about your vehicle.
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Choose the dates you want to share your car.
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Drop it off at the Avail lot you selected.
To share a car, owners need to have a vehicle that meets our eligibility requirements and a valid U.S. driver’s license.

We offer everything you need for a smooth trip.

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Allstate insurance coverage included
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24/7 roadside assistance
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24/7 customer support
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Affordable daily rates
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A range of vehicle types

We do the work. You get paid.

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Pre-screening borrowers
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Listing your car to be borrowed
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Handing off & collecting keys
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Post-trip inspections
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Cleaning & refueling
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No choosing plans. Allstate provides the coverage you need.

From the second a car is left with us, Avail's Allstate policy kicks in.

We provide borrowers with $100,000 in liability coverage, or their state's minimum requirement (whichever is higher). This coverage is excess over any other insurance that may exist.

Owners receive up to $1 million in primary liability coverage.
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Avail locations near you

Find us in neighborhood locations throughout Chicago and Denver.
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Chicago
Try car sharing from a location close to home. We're in neighborhoods from Evanston to the South Loop and everywhere in between.
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Pick up and drop off your car at a location convenient to you. Share from Broomfield, throughout downtown Denver and in Cherry Creek.

Frequently asked questionsFAQ

Where do I pick up and drop off my vehicle?
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Avail is located in neighborhoods throughout Chicago and Denver. Choose the sharing location most convenient for you — this is where you'll pick up and drop off your car.

What's required to drive an Avail car?
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All drivers must be 21 or older and have a valid U.S. driver's license (probationary and provisional licenses are not accepted), a clean driving record and a valid credit card to book a reservation (debit cards are not accepted).

How close to my desired pick-up time can I book a car?
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We require bookings and modifications to be made at least 4 hours in advance of pick-up. This helps give our staff time to prepare your vehicle.

Is insurance included?
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Yes, all Avail drivers are covered by Allstate insurance complete with access to roadside assistance and 24/7 customer support.

For questions about whether your personal auto policy or credit card policy may apply, please contact your insurance provider or a licensed insurance agent.

Is there a daily mileage limit?
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Total trip mileage is limited to 150 miles per day. That means a 3-day trip is allowed up to 450 total miles before incurring a fee of an extra $0.50 per mile. We calculate total mileage by looking at the odometer before and after your trip.

Does Avail charge any extra fees?
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Avail doesn’t charge extra fees for drivers under 25 years old, adding a second driver or canceling your trip before the reservation start time.

You may be charged fees or fines if you break our Borrower Rules and Guidelines, including for smoking or vaping, bringing a pet (service animals are accepted), damaging the vehicle, unauthorized drivers, excessive wear and tear and returning the car with less gas than was provided at pick up.

How does Avail make sure a car is safe?
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Cars must be less than 10 years old and have fewer than 125,000 miles to be shared on Avail. To maintain our safety standards, we only accept vehicles that have an automatic transmission, no open recalls, no major cosmetic damage and no significant interior or exterior damage.

Can I add a second driver to my reservation?
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Yes! After your booking is confirmed, have them create an Avail account and upload their driver’s license, then contact our support team via chat or SMS. We will then add that person to your reservation. It’s free to add a second driver.

How do I book a car with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive?
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We can’t guarantee a vehicle will have all-wheel drive, but since we only offer cars that are less than 10 years old, many of our SUVs come equipped. If you’d like to borrow a car with four-wheel drive, just reserve a midsize or large SUV and then chat Avail support with your preference. We will do our best to fulfill your request.

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