WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WhipCar

There are all kinds of occasions when you might need to get your hands on a car locally. Last-minute public transport disasters, out of hours emergencies, mechanical failures in your own car, and of course those “I’ve just bought a new flat screen telly and it won’t fit in the back of mine” moments.

Whatever the reason, renting a car when you need it most can be expensive and difficult to arrange when you’re tied to the big hire firms.

But now, thanks to whipcar.com you can find a neighbour who’s willing to rent you theirs.

Just type in your postcode and the dates you need some wheels and it’ll show you where your nearest renter lives. There are thousands of them.

You can narrow the search by distance, cost, car type, even make, so you’re sure to find what you need.

This is renting cars from real people, and from what we’ve seen, the prices are going to give the big, faceless car hire firms something to think about.

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