With the emergence of platforms for booking various services, it is perhaps only logical that that “meta” services would follow. Such is the case with HAPPYCAR, a German meta search-engine for renting cars (or other similar automobiles), which is quickly expanding across central Europe.
Doing a basic search, I found that, having selected the pick-up location and date, you are taken to a page of listings, where there are a host of filters to help renters filter their choices down. There, renters can filter options by rating, size (how many it seats), type of vehicle, and various amenities, such as those pertaining to (winter) weather, the navigation system, and insurance. One of the aspects that I like about the minimum price is listed next to each filter, allowing you to quickly figure out how much you will end up spending. Profiles for the automobiles themselves include information on the price, number of doors, the amount of seats, availability, rating, and more. Having selected the car you want, you proceed to book it within the site. As with other marketplaces, HAPPYCAR says that they take a commission each booking that they process.
HAPPYCAR got its start in Germany, with a beta launch in late 2013, but has since expanded to Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, and France. This week, the startup announce that they have picked up funding totaling $1.58 million from a group that includes HR Ventures and several angels, as well as Global Founders Capital and current investors NWZ Digital and Capnamic Ventures. The funding, which brings the total raised by the startup to around $3.2 million, will be put towards building out the company’s IT team, speed up the development of their product, and allow them to roll out new features in the coming months.