How to Optimize Your Car Sharing Listing

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So, your car is listed on Yourdrive and your listing is attracting attention from renters but, you want more!

Follow these seven simple steps to make your listing more attractive, amplifying your views and increasing your booking requests. 

1. Upload attractive photos

Great pics get clicks! Make your listing stand out amongst hundreds of others with a minimum of 3 well-composed photographs that show off your unique vehicle's features. 

We’ve got an entire blog post which details how to take great pictures of your vehicle - check it out here

2. Craft a detailed description

First and foremost, mention all the features of your vehicle and suggest use cases that your vehicle would be particularly suitable for. Highlight features that aren’t a given or obvious in photos but would potentially interest a renter, like whether the rear seats fold or if there’s bluetooth audio input.

Be sure to add some personality to engage the renter and keep it detailed but concise, people don’t have all day.

3. Keep your settings up to date

Keeping your availability calendar up to date and booking preferences true is critical to your listing's success! If these are not accurate, you’re likely to receive unsuitable booking requests from renters which you’ll need to decline. Declining requests negatively impacts your acceptance rating, which will, in turn, negatively impact your rank in search results.

Updating your availability calendar and setting booking preferences helps ensure that you don’t receive unsuitable requests, keeping your approval rating high and resulting in more earnings!

4. Be responsive and communicative

In addition to a having a high acceptance rating, having a short response time will bring your vehicle higher up in the search results and help make your listing more attractive - particularly to renters requiring vehicles in a hurry! Checking your emails regularly and accepting requests promptly will mean you don’t lose out on bookings and earnings.

Similarly, responding to renter questions quickly with helpful information will make a great impression and put you in a good position for a booking. 

Being contactable after the booking is confirmed, to make pick up arrangements and answer questions or assist with issues, will help you create a great experience and get a great review at the end. 

5. Get positive reviews

Provide a great experience and you’ll get great reviews from your renters. Make a positive impression by being friendly, accommodating, and helpful. Check out our tips for achieving five star owner status here.

Yourdrive sends renters review reminders after their rental finishes but, if you know it’s getting close to the end of the 14-day review window, don’t hesitate to drop them a message giving them a nudge. Be sure to place your renter review as this will likely encourage them to place one for you too!

6. Offer a delivery service

Location is one of the most important factors in listing attractiveness and success! If you’re not located in a city centre or near a transport hub, consider offering delivery to the closest airport or CBD area to make your vehicle accessible to more people. You may charge a small cash delivery fee for this provided it’s agreed upon from the outset. Get in touch with our team for some further guidance. 

7. Price your vehicle correctly

The New Zealand car rental industry sees fluctuations in demand for vehicle hire and different types of vehicles during different times of the year and in different locations. Having the right pricing all the time is important!

By turning on Smart Pricing, your vehicle’s price will adjust automatically in order to maximize both your bookings and earnings! You remain in control - the daily rate will always stay above your set minimum and below your set maximum and, you’re able to override the Smart Price for selected days or periods with your own manual pricing in your vehicle calendar.

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Posted by Kezia Lynch on 1st of November, 2018