USA Today Travel: This app takes the anxiety out of reporting damage on rental cars or short-term apartment rentals

Car Rentals, Vacation Rentals

The app is already making waves in the travel industry, taking home the prize for Best Travel App of 2015 at the Elliot Awards, beating out stalwarts like Google Maps, Waze and TripAdvisor.

Anyone who has ever rented a car knows the specific anxiety that sets in when it comes time to slowly circle your vehicle to report preexisting damage to make sure you don’t get charged for it when you return the car. That mental anguish easily doubles when the employee tasked with assisting you and the diagram you’re marking up aren’t using a language you speak fluently. What’s Spanish for, “Is that a scratch or bird poop?” How do you ask, “Does that chip in the hub cap count?” in Mandarin?

A new app promises to deliver us from this personal nightmare. Record360 describes itself as “the essential tool of the sharing economy,” and that might not be too far off. The app allows users to take a quick video and photos of the rented car or vacation home in question, and to then tap within the video to denote specific damage or conditions. The video is then geotagged and timestamped before being uploaded into the company’s secure depository.

In the event of a rental company trying to fine a customer for damage they didn’t incur, the video can then be accessed by both parties to sort out where the fault truly lies.

The app is already making waves in the travel industry, taking home the prize for Best Travel App of 2015 at the Elliot Awards, beating out stalwarts like Google Maps, Waze and TripAdvisor.

Record360 is available for download on iOS and Android.  Learn more at http://www.record360.com.

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