It's estimated that by 2050 of the world's population will live in cities.
That leaves one frustrating problem for car owners, especially those with an extra or collectible car: Where do you store an extra vehicle? In large urban areas like New York City, parking spaces for a single vehicle (if you're lucky enough to have one) is already spendy.
, a new garage rental service that you could say is the Airbnb for cars, aims to solve that predicament. More than 50 percent of residential garages in the United States are not being used to store cars, the company reports. Meanwhile, lack of storage is a leading reason people cite for nixing collectible cars or not buying one in the first place. See the puzzle pieces coming together?
The company touts that instead of "renting a storage unit that may be expensive, inconveniently located or worse, located in an unsafe area like a flood plain or high-crime area, GaragePointer introduces vehicle owners to their neighbors who have safe and convenient garage space they're not using."
Here's how it works: Car collectors can search and compare garages in their neighborhood, book a garage, and access the storage space when needed. Meanwhile, home owners can list their garage and its notable features (for free), receive and approve requests from qualified vehicle owners, and coordinate with the renter and collect payment for the space.
While GaragePointer prefers classic cars ("we love classic and cherished cars and understand how much of a member of the family they can be"), any car is welcome on the site.
So far, the service is available in California, Oregon and Washington, but will be offered nationwide later this summer, reports . While GaragePointer doesn't impose rental fees of its own, it does collect $20 from each successful deal; those who use the site also have insurance behind the deal — something a site like Craigslist can't claim.
We imagine it'd be fun just to see other people's garages ("Oh look! They have a collection of deflated sports equipment, too!"). Call it modern-day garage voyeurism, disguised by convenience, of course.