While the United States has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it’s work or school, many companies are looking into ways to help consumers during this challenging time. Announced today, the DriveItAway app has adapted its app-based platform to meet the challenges car dealers and consumers face in the current coronavirus environment. The app allows for fully remote “touchless” rental contracting, payment, renewal etc., so no person-to-person close physical interaction is required and the transaction is engineered to be a rent-to-buy model. Consumers now can have a vehicle delivered to them to drive today with the option to buy at a later time, and with a substantial amount of the rental fee going towards the ultimate purchase should he/she exercise the option to buy.
John F. Possumato, CEO of DriveItAway, states, “We saw that many car dealers now are prohibited from selling cars or are limited to online sales only, while vehicle rental companies are allowed to do business, so we quickly adapted our rent-to-purchase model to both comply with current state restrictions, and most importantly, focus on the customer needs of a social distancing and limited financial commitment, with remote delivery and an optional buy out where rental payments go towards the purchase price if the option is exercised”
How the DriveItAway Program for Consumers Works:
1. Pick the vehicle desired out any dealer’s used car inventory online & call, email or text the dealer to establish the all in one monthly fee (which includes insurance and maintenance), and the sale price option, with part of this monthly payment applied and deducted from the sale price, if the purchase option is exercised in the future.
2. The vehicle and monthly rental rate, amount of the rental applied in credit towards the purchase (should the renter want to purchase), and terms, are placed on the DriveItAway app, where the renter can digitally consummate all rental terms and payment.
3. The clean, disinfected vehicle is delivered to the customer’s door – from a distance, the delivery coordinator will validate identity (with the license information in the app), and confirm a vehicle condition walk around….that’s it, no paperwork, no direct contact, no need for close interaction.
The unique DriveItAway program combines the best of a rental, a purchase and a lease, all in one. As a customer, you get the vehicle you choose, make no long term financial commitment, keep your cash, spend nothing on maintenance and repairs, and have the option to buy the vehicle, with a portion of your past payment deducted from the purchase price.
Adds Possumato, “DriveItAway can operate in all 50 states, but does not yet have dealers in many areas of the country. If anyone wants to utilize the program, and their chosen dealer is not yet affiliated with the DriveItAway platform, let the dealer know to contact us – have them call me (856 495 3138) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly, and we will on-board them immediately – there is no start-up cost or membership fee to utilize the DriveItAway app or platform to the dealer or consumer, during this crisis period. We are all in this together, let’s all help each other.”
The DriveItAway app is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play. To get started or to learn more about the DriveItAway App please visit: https://www.driveitaway.com/.