We have swapped cars with people when we swap babysitting. Meaning that if they are dropping off 2 kids to head out on a date, they leave their minivan with us if we are planning on taking the kids somewhere and they take our Camry. Other friends, we have 2 kids and they have 1 and drive a Honda Fit. If they are watching the boys, we take their Fit and leave them the Camry because they can go three across in the Camry but not the Fit. We have also lent our car to a neighbor without a car who needed to do some car errands- ie the bus was impracticable or impossible. It was at our suggestion.
There is a large van my friend kept mainly to help people move. We have borrowed it a bit. When it died (it was nearly 30 years old), more than 30 people commented on it on Facebook because they remembered using it for some group trip or big move or holiday toy drive etc.
One person and my dad have put some scratches in the paint (nothing serious or body shop worthy). I really don't care. It's a car. If they crash it, we have insurance for a reason. Thus far never had any issues.
Last edited by kijip; 06-01-2012 at 01:43 AM.
Katie, mama to a pair of boys.