Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.
Car lovers now can rent a model they might otherwise have only dreamed of owning thanks to a new startup launched by a Cherrydale couple.
Drive Society went live earlier this month, and offers members the chance to rent cars like Ferraris, Porsches, Teslas or a 1969 Chevy Camaro. The club has nine cars available for rent right now, and expects to add more as it grows.
“What we’re trying to do is give people a really broad brush of automotive experiences, because those are all very different cars to drive and to experience,” Schefer said. “It’ll really give people a lot of different driving experiences in a variety of cars.”
Those interested in renting a car must sign up for membership, then can purchase points on top of that to rent a car. For example, the Camaro costs six points for a weekday rental, 30 points for a weekend or 36 points for a full week. The member then is free to take the car away with them and enjoy it for a short period.
“So you would buy a points package as a member, and then use those points to drive whichever of the cars you wanted to, maybe on a weekend trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains or to the beach, or just to have it for a week around town to use it as if it were your own,” Schefer said.
“One of the hassles about buying these cars is it increases your insurance and you pay personal property tax and it depreciates no matter what you do,” she said. “So we tried to get rid of all the hassles and headaches of car ownership and really allow people to just experience the great part of driving and experiencing these cars.”
Already, Schefer said a member has borrowed a car for a weekend in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, and there is plenty more interest in other rentals. She said the club’s stable of cars are intentionally a bit different from the norm, and that members can help shape its growth.
“We try to find cars that are really unique, that are experiences you can’t have every day,” Schefer said. “So we have a BMW 1M, and there’s only 740 of those ever made. We have a Tesla Roadster, and there are only 1,500 of those in the United States.”
“We tried to pick cars that are my husband and mine’s favorite cars, and then what we want to do is as the club progresses, have the members help us figure which cars are the right cars.”
Photos via Drive Society.
Good Friday evening, Arlington. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. 🕗 News recap The following articles were published earlier today…
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At Generation Hope, we’re dedicated to supporting teen parents in college as they work toward earning their degrees. We are in need of caring child care volunteers for upcoming events on Saturday, October 21st (in Washington, DC), and Saturday, November 4th (in Arlington, VA). Join our growing volunteer community and support us at an event this fall!
At all of our events, we provide free onsite child care for the children of the teen parents we serve, creating a nurturing environment for the kiddos while their parents learn valuable life skills and build community.
If you enjoy working with children and are looking to make an immediate impact in your community, please visit https://www.generationhope.org/volunteer to learn more.
Join us for Arlington’s biggest civil rights & social justice event of the year. The banquet is back in person at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University.
Our keynote speaker this year is Symone Sanders from MSNBC and former Chief of Staff for Vice-President Kamala Harris.
The Master of Ceremonies is Joshua Cole, former state delegate, NAACP President, and local pastor.
Tickets/seating are limited. Purchase your ticket today! Sponsorship opportunities available.
Cody Chance and Dick Nathan of Long & Foster are hosting an online workshop on the topic of “down-sizing” Wednesday, October 4 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Every great endeavor begins with a great plan. This workshop will give you the tools