Understanding the requirements for cars and owners

Article updated on 16/06/2022

To be accepted on Getaround UK, your vehicle must:

  • Be registered & parked in the UK.

  • Be privately owned, manufactured to carry up to eight passengers and not exceed 3500kg in weight.

  • Be covered by a yearly insurance policy, at least third-party liability insurance.

  • Be registered after 01/01/2013.

  • Have up-to-date tax, MOT and insurance.

  • Be between ABI insurance group 1-36 (37 and above not accepted).

  • Have mileage less than 130,000 miles.

Other types of vehicle are not insured: commercial vans, minibusses, buses, caravans, motorbikes, quad bikes, no-license cars and driving school cars. You can't rent your vehicle on Getaround to tract a trailer either. You wouldn't be covered by our insurance.

We do not accept previous write-offs. Any vehicles that are Cat A, B, S, X, and N are not covered by the Getaround insurance.*

If your car is leased, it usually depends on the type of financing contract, it depends on the financing or leasing company whether you can rent it through Getaround. Some companies allow it, some don’t. You should have the answer in your documents, and you can always contact your financing/leasing company directly if still in doubt.

Additionally, we recommend you check with your insurer that you're allowed to rent your car, according to your insurance contract.

As an owner, you must be:

  • The owner of the vehicle - i.e. your name (private individual or legal entity) is on the registration certificate (V5C) as the registered keeper.

  • A UK resident for more than 3 months.

  • At least 21 years old.

  • Without personal bankruptcy or any County Court Judgements (CCJ) during the past 3 years.

If these conditions aren't met, you will not be covered by our insurance and will be responsible for paying all costs in the event of an incident.

NB: Vehicles with significant engine horsepower (such as Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, etc.) or high value are not allowed on the platform due to their excessive insurance risk.

*Previously Cat C and D.

My car is scratched and shabby, can I still hire it out?

You must provide your drivers with a safe, clean vehicle. If your vehicle has scratches or minor damage to the inside, you can still hire it out on Getaround.

However, there is absolutely no compromise when it comes to safety (brakes, tyres, headlamps, seat belts, etc.) and vehicle equipment (e.g. no windows that don't shut properly, no tape on the rear-view mirrors, etc.). If you aren't sure, read our safety checklist.

We don't compromise on cleanliness either: make sure you provide each driver with a clean vehicle (inside and outside).

If you have doubts about the reliability of your car, or if some equipment isn't working correctly, you should decline rental requests.

What are the car quality standards on Getaround?

Here's a list of all the standards you should meet when renting your car. These are here to prevent any trouble, for you, or the driver:

  1. Your calendar needs to be always up-to-date, so that drivers have as much information as possible. You will find more information on how to keep your calendar up-to-date here.
  2. You shouldn’t cancel rentals, unless it's a force majeure case. However, if you do need to cancel a rental, you will find our cancellation policy here.
  3. Be honest in your description and use quality pictures to show your car. You can find our tips here.
  4. Follow our recommended price, to avoid pricing your car too high or too low (more information here).
  5. You should rent a safe, clean car. The driver is also responsible for giving back a car as clean as the one they got.
  6. Your car should be well maintained. You can find our tips on car maintenance here.
  7. Hand over the car with at least one quarter of the fuel tank. This also means that the driver should give the car back with as much fuel as when they started their trip.

Can I register several cars?

Of course! As a private owner, you can register up to 2 cars. Start by registering one vehicle to help you understand how the site works, and add another one as you go along. If you wish to hire out more than 2 cars, you'll have to register as a professional.

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