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How two guys are disrupting the traditional rental car business.
Kevin Petrovic and Rujul Zapard saw something they thought was an opportunity. They saw that airport parking lots were full of unused cars parked in long-term parking. They decided there had to be a way to leverage that asset. Along came FlightCar. On this episode of the How to Quit Working Show, Kevin shares how two guys who aren’t even old enough to rent a car (much less drink alcohol) are disrupting an entire industry.
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About Kevin and Rajul
FlightCar (www.flightcar.com) lets people parking at the airport rent their vehicles out to other approved traveling members. Members get free parking, a car wash, and get paid if their car is rented out. Every rental is insured up to $1 million, and every renter is pre-screened. Approved members renting a FlightCar get the lowest rental rates guaranteed, with extras (GPS and carseats, for example) included. Registration, drop-off and pick-up at the airport can be scheduled in a few clicks online. Customers park at the offsite FlightCar lot and a town car brings directly to the airport curb. Arriving customers simply call FlightCar when they’ve landed and a car is sent to pick them up and bring them back to their car (or rental).
FlightCar was born when its founders, Kevin Petrovic and Rujul Zaparde, realized the massive inefficiency that exists at airports nationwide (and in the rest of the world). There are thousands of cars parked in long term parking, and there are thousands of cars in the rental companies’ parking lots. It just made sense to make use of the unused cars of outbound travelers. Both were college students at Ivy League schools at the time and dropped out to focus on growing FlightCar. Both recently became the youngest entrepreneurs on record to secure $20M in VC funding.
FlightCar currently serves travelers in Austin, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Dallas, with many more cities to come.