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Turo Canada Review: 1 Year of Convenience, Choice and Carefree Travel

Turo Canada Review

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There’s been a lot of buzz around the ride-share app Turo lately, and for good reason. They are revolutionizing the car rental industry. However, with all new technologies there comes a lot of questions, so I am here to give you the answers with this Turo Canada review!

As a Turo ambassador, I had the opportunity to book six vehicles on Turo over the past year to see what all the buzz was about. So, you’re getting a Turo Canada review from someone who has used the app more than once. I can even boast that I have six five-star reviews (woot!).

I used Turo Canada on five road trips within Ontario and one trip to Prince Edward Island (You can read more about our PEI experience here). I also recently booked a vehicle for my up-coming trip to Florida (did you know Turo is available in five countries?!).

Here is my Turo Canada Review getting to know the ins and outs of the app over the last 18 months:

Turo lets you select the exact make and model of the car you want

TURO CANADA REVIEW ON CONVENIENCE

Over the past year, my experience with the Turo car-share app has been nothing short of amazing when it comes to convenience. Now let’s get specific about WHY it’s so incredibly convenient.

HOME DROP OFF AND PICK UP: One standout feature that has significantly enhanced my experience with Turo Canada is the ability to have the vehicle dropped off right in my driveway. Every single time I booked a ride on Turo within Ontario, the host was able to drop their vehicle off in my driveway. This convenience has been a game-changer, saving me valuable time. In a world where every minute counts, having the flexibility to start my journey without leaving my home is a luxury I never knew I needed.

AIRPORT DROP OFF AND PICK UP: Perhaps one of my favourite Turo features is the option to have the car dropped off at the airport (Turo has partnerships with many Canadian and American airports!). For frequent travellers or those embarking on international journeys, this is a game-changer. No more waiting in line at car rental stations, no concerns about vehicle availability – just a seamless transition from landing to hitting the road. 

TIME IT TAKES TO BOOK YOUR RIDE: With Turo, you can book your car in minutes – yes, I’ve even timed it. The app is very user friendly, making it very easy to find and select your dream car for your next trip. The hosts can often drop off your vehicle on 24-hour notice so you can book last minute without worry. This is a refreshing change from traditional car rentals that involve filling out lengthy forms, line ups, and extra time to pick up and drop off your vehicle at the car rental centre. 

Turo Canada has seamlessly woven itself into my busy lifestyle, offering a level of flexibility and choice that has revolutionized the way I approach car rentals. If you’re already convinced on Turo, click here to download the app. 

Sarah and I in Collingwood. We picked a car on Turo that has all-wheel drive to be safer in the snowy weather.

TURO CANADA REVIEW ON CHOICE

The freedom to choose the exact make and model of the car I want to drive is another aspect that sets Turo apart. No longer confined to generic options at traditional rental agencies, Turo empowers users to handpick vehicles that suit their preferences and needs. 

Since using Turo I have been able to book everything from a luxury Tesla Model Y to a large family-sized Subaru Ascent. See below video for a snapshot of my experience booking the Ascent for a family vacation: 

Most recently I was able to secure a Lincoln PHEV with a Ski Rack for an up-coming ski trip to Collingwood (more on this trip and our Turo experience here). The specificity of what you can book on Turo is unmatched to traditional car rental companies. 

Here are my favourite Turo search filters:

  • Hybrid or Electric
  • Vehicle type (i.e. SUV, truck)
  • Ski rack
  • Pet-friendly
  • All-wheel drive
  • Bike rack
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Luxury vehicle (for ages 30 and up)
  • Pick up vehicle at home 

This level of customization adds a layer of practicality, ensuring that the vehicle I choose aligns perfectly with the requirements of my journey. It’s a feature that reflects Turo’s commitment to providing a service that goes beyond the conventional.

The Turo app lets you search for cars that have ski and bike racks

TURO CANADA VS TRADITIONAL CAR RENTAL

As we’ve mentioned, Turo is taking on and improving the current pain points of traditional car rentals. Here are the 3 main differences:

  1. Simplicity: The user-friendly interface of the Turo app is a refreshing departure from the complexities of traditional car rental systems.
  2. Convenience: They let you book a car in a matter of minutes, not hours, making the entire process quick and stress-free. Plus the home and airport drop off further reduce the time it takes to get your vehicle.
  3. Car Selection: Turo has also eliminated the pain point of worrying about what car you will get! How many times have you gone to a car rental centre and they don’t have the car size you originally booked? Or even worse, the car is too small and doesn’t fit all your luggage (this happened to me in Europe). Turo gives you peace of mind knowing the exact make, model, and year of the vehicle you’re booking. 
The Turo app is available in 8 provinces within Canada

Ready to book your car with Turo? Click here to download the app. Still have questions about Turo? Check out our handy FAQ below.

What countries is Turo available in?

You can book a trip with a Turo host in Canada, United States, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom.

What Canadian provinces is Turo available in?

You can book a Turo trip in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

Do I need car insurance to book on Turo?

Turo offers protection plans for all guest trips. Plans vary by country. To learn more about Turo’s in-app insurance policies, click here. If you’re looking for details specific to Turo Canada bookings, click here.

Can I add drivers to my Turo booking?

Yes! In fact, I’ve added 3 drivers to a Turo booking before. Make sure the additional driver creates their own Turo account and then modify your booking to get the driver approved by the host. Be sure the driver meets the age requirements for the car you’ve booked.  Turo recommends adding drivers at least 24 hours before your trip starts. Click here to get your guests added by having them download the app.

How do I pay for my Turo ride?

Payment is done through the app by simply adding your credit card to your account.

Turo is is available in 5 countries and growing, so you can use it on your next international road trip adventure

Overall, my Turo Canada review proves that Turo is nothing short of amazing. The app’s commitment to convenience, choice, and customer-centric service has made it my go-to platform for all my car rental needs. Turo isn’t just a car-share app; it’s a lifestyle choice, providing a level of freedom and flexibility that aligns perfectly with the demands of my busy job and frequent travel. As I look ahead to my future travels, Turo will undoubtedly be my trusted companion on the road less complicated.

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