WeRide seeks to revolutionize transport as ‘Airbnb–but for cars’

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In the bustling streets of the Philippines, finding reliable transportation can often be a daunting task, especially for individuals with important meetings or families planning a weekend getaway. WeRide, a game-changing car rental service, is addressing this challenge head-on by providing a seamless solution for both car owners and those in need of transportation.

At the heart of WeRide’s mission is its CEO, Garry Sales Jr., a young entrepreneur with a vision to transform the way Filipinos access transportation. Unlike traditional car rental services, WeRide operates on a unique model, similar to Airbnb but for cars. The company acts as a bridge between car owners and individuals seeking transportation, creating a mutually beneficial arrangement.

One of the primary issues WeRide tackles is the underutilization of personal vehicles. Many cars sit idle, gathering dust, while people struggle to find convenient and affordable transportation options. WeRide encourages car owners to put their unused vehicles to work, earning income while meeting the transportation needs of others.

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WeRide stands out by offering a hassle-free experience for both car owners and renters. With a fleet of 250 meticulously maintained vehicles, WeRide ensures that every ride is safe and comfortable. The company’s user-friendly app simplifies the rental process, allowing users to book a vehicle with just a few taps on their smartphones.

“WeRide is not just about renting cars, but about providing solutions that make life easier for everyone involved. More than a car rental service, it’s a community of car owners and individuals who value convenience and transparency,” Sales said.

Unlike other transport network vehicle service (TNVS) apps that get users from one point to another, WeRide is more suited for individuals who may need to run several errands throughout the day, making multiple stops. Renting a car makes even more sense if individuals bring items that may be inconvenient to put inside the car and then bring them out again every time they make a stop.

It could also work for people who want to use a different type of car every day, depending on the occasion.

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To enhance their services further, WeRide is continually innovating. The company is developing a user-friendly web version of its app and expanding its offerings to include tailored-fit insurance options. WeRide also plans to introduce mini buses, luxury cars, and company-owned vehicles into their system, catering to diverse customer preferences.

Since its launch in June 2023, WeRide has rapidly gained popularity, amassing 2,000 downloads and expanding its presence across various cities in the Philippines. While challenges persist, including the threat of imitation, WeRide remains dedicated to bringing continuous innovation to the table, ensuring the best possible experience for its users and partners.

As WeRide revolutionizes the transportation landscape, it offers not just a ride but a promise—a promise of convenience, reliability, transparency, and a brighter, more accessible future for transportation in the Philippines. So, the next time you need a ride, consider WeRide, where convenience meets community, making your journey not just a trip but an experience to remember.

Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.