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Car rental isn't the most exciting part of any vacation (let's face it, it can be stressful). Enter: GM's MAVEN, an app-based car sharing service which has made commuting a lot easier.
If you've heard of other car rental apps, like Zipcar, you'll be happy to know MAVEN has a similar process. By downloading the app on your smartphone, you can book vehicles with the touch of a button (and unlock them, too) without using physical keys. Instead of filling out tons of paperwork or waiting in line at the airport, you just have to upload your license to the app, answer a few questions, and pick up the car at a local parking garage. An attendant hands over the keys once your identity is confirmed, and when you're done, all you have to do is return the car and hit "end" on the app.
Depending on your preferences, you can book an eco, compact, sedan, or SUV model from GM —but they all are high trim level vehicles with leather seating, plus SiriusXM and OnStar Advisors.
Rentals start at $8 per hour, which covers fuel, parking, and insurance. ShermansTravel readers can use the code MAVENTRAVEL for a 20% discount on your first reservation (in any market) through January 2, 2018.
The service is currently available in 17 US cities and Canada: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; Jersey City, New Jersey; Nashville, Tennessee; New York City; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.