At easyCar Club, we believe that a sense of community can be just as important as the financial gains of being a member. There are some members of the community who truly go above and beyond, who are happy not only to promote themselves within the community but also to promote their community as a whole. A few months ago, we introduced you to Aminur, an early-adopter who had been successfully renting his Ford Focus out to members of our community, and who seemed to have his eye out for a new car. Well, I checked back with him this week to see how things are going, and am delighted to say that he’s gone from strength to strength.
You might be asking what we mean by this, how could Aminur possibly have improved on what seemed to already be an ideal position in the easyCar Club? Well, he did it by doubling his assets. Shortly after his first chat with us, he bought a new car and immediately put it up on the site. Since then, he hasn’t looked back. Having two cars can be financially straining in this day and age, with many families needing to cut down to one in order to afford it. Aminur doesn’t have that problem; his car costs are so largely offset by the money he makes from easyCar Club, over £1,200 so far, that two cars don’t even make him break a sweat.
“My experience being an Owner has been really good so far. I meet Drivers face to face so that I can get to know them and can form a friendship.”
Although presented with the option of a key safe, Aminur prefers to hand over the keys in person. Doing so encourages trust, but it also allows him to develop friendly relationships with regular renters. Like any great entrepreneur, Aminur understands the importance of customer retention. Sure, it’s great to be getting new Drivers renting from him every week, but it’s also extremely rewarding to have developed a reliable and trustworthy customer-base. He fondly recalls an occasion where a Driver had brought her bike, and had nowhere to put it for the night. In true Sharing Economy spirit, he offered up his house as a temporary storage facility, an offer she was glad to take up!
When I traveled to east London to have a chat with him about his experience as an easyCar Club Owner, he was nice enough to pick me up from the station, and to drop me off when I’d finished taking photos of him and his pristine cars. When I fervently thanked him for the lift, he told me that it was no problem, and that he’s often happy to give his Drivers a lift to where they need to go as well.
Interaction within a community like ours is key to success, but Aminur does not rest on his laurels when it comes to delivering an impressive and competitive product. Both of his cars are fully kitted out with gadgets and gizmos to impress techies and casual drivers alike. His Ford Focus comes with a sat-nav which updates every minute with information on traffic, accidents and road-works, changing route information to ensure you have a pleasant and speedy drive. His Ford Fiesta is even more technologically advanced, with voice recognition which lets you control everything from incoming calls to the car’s air conditioning.
In Aminur, we find not just a budding entrepreneur, but also somebody who genuinely cares about his Drivers at a very human level. It’s great owners like him who are encouraging people all over the country to shun conventional car hiring in favour of easyCar Club.
We asked him what he plans to spend his extra income on, can anyone guess what he said? That’s right, he’s planning on buying a third car. This time, he has a Polo in mind and judging from his current cars, this one will presumably have hover technology and a flux capacitor! Or, at the very least, a USB charger.
Check his profile out today, read his myriad 5-star reviews, and then take one of his cars for a spin!