Oct 14, 2020 - Economy

Car rental startup Getaround raises $140 million

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Peer-to-peer car rental company Getaround said Wednesday that it raised $140 million in new funding.

Why it matters: This comes near the end of a roller-coaster year for Getaround, which saw bookings drop by 75% at the start of the pandemic, but since has seen revenue double from pre-pandemic levels.

  • PeopleFund led the round, and was joined by Reinvent Capital, Henry McGovern, Pennant Capital and VectoIQ partners.

The big picture: The car rental market was significantly hit by the pandemic, with Hertz filing for bankruptcy in May, while others like Avis have implemented layoffs.

  • "As restrictions came into place around the world, we saw a progressively increasing initial impact — but we didn't go to zero," co-founder and CEO Sam Zaid tells Axios, adding that urban dwellers have sought out personal transportation options for essential needs and local travel.
  • San Francisco-based GetAround also did layoffs and reportedly sought a buyer before its business stabilized.
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