What is the Rover app in Canada and how does it work?

Rover parking app
Rover App

Rover app is a Parking spot rental app which was launched as a pilot project in Innisfil, Ontario. This makes Innisfil the first municipality to partner with the Toronto-based Rover. Described as the ‘Airbnb of parking,’ Rover allows users to turn their parking spots into shared spaces that can be rented out at a fee.

The pilot will see the addition of 70 new parking spaces in Innisfil, including some in residential driveways and at Innisfil Beach Park. The town is looking to improve the issue of the Lake Simcoe area’s limited parking space availability. Rover and the town’s Zoning Administrator will vet parking spots to ensure legality.

Private residential space rentals are capped at $3 CAD/hour, while daily rates will cost $9 and nightly rates are set at $7.

  • With this Rover app, you can find parking that is safe, cheap and reliable in an area near you
  • You can book parking on the go and get all the details of the parking spot before you park
  • Also, know how much time you have left and add more if you need it and list your own parking spot and make extra cash
  • You can even know what car is parked in your parking spot at all times

How to get started with the Rover app?

First, you need to download this free app on your Android mobile from the Google Play store

You need Android 4.2 and up compatible Android smartphone

Once done with the download you have to sign up and create your account

Just fill out the short form with your name, email and phone number and you will be registered with Rover App.

Banking and Transactions

  • Now you can add your banking information in the “Payouts” section of the main menu.
  • Institution numbers should be 3 digits.
  • Transit numbers are generally 5 or 6 digits.
  • Account numbers are usually 7 digits.
  • The first $0.50 of every transaction covers the rover payment processing fee. Of the remainder, Rover takes a 25% commission, and 75% goes into your pending account. Rover’s fee covers marketing costs, platform operation, servers, user base access and vetting, account set up and maintenance, signage, customer support and accounting.

In order to stay competitive, the Rover app automatically assigns a daily maximum price between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm. The default price is $10. So regardless of your hourly price, no user will pay more than that between those hours. There is also an overnight max of $7 from 6 pm to 7 am. On weekends, the limits are $5 and $5 day and night.

When your spot is booked for the first time, it will begin collecting funds in a pending account. Once a week (Wednesday), The app sends all those funds to your bank. From there, the bank will sometimes take a few days to clear the transaction, it depends on their internal processes. This process is all automated once your banking info is entered into the system, and users begin to park in any of your spots.

You can see the history of My Spot’s Earnings by selecting the receipt icon found on the top right of the spot page to see the associated transaction history for the spot.

For your My Next Payout Amount, select “Account Balance” from the main menu to see your next payout amount.

How to add a spot for parking?

How to add spot at rover app
How to add spot at rover app

Select “Share Parking”  from the main menu and follow the instructions.

Add a photo for best results in landscape mode and add a few reference points as well. Try to imagine the clearest and most effective way for a user to arrive at your parking spot(s).

For an optimal description, try to be as clear and concise as possible. For example, if your spot is in an alley, let the user know which streets to access it from, and on what side of the street the spot is located.

If you would like to list more than one spot at your location, it is definitely possible, but you must list each of them individually. This way the spots can be individually booked and have separate photos and descriptions for each spot.

You can edit your schedule at any time from within the app. Simply select your spot from the home screen or the “Share Parking” section of the main menu, and adjust the schedule and pricing as required. You’ll always have full control of the scheduling and pricing.

How to add spot at rover app
How to add spot at rover app

You can even turn off your schedule anytime you want. To do so, open the spot page and look for the “Schedule ON/OFF”. toggle found at the bottom of the screen. Remember to turn off your spot if you plan to use it during scheduled hours.​

The most important thing to remember as a lot owner is that if you need your parking spot while your spot schedule is on and currently available – you MUST turn it off. Just make sure to open your spot on the app, and press the “Schedule ON/OFF” button at the bottom. You can turn your schedule back on whenever your spot is free.

The reason this is crucial is that it can create a poor experience for a Rover user if they arrive at a spot and aren’t able to park. It can cause users to be late and frustrated. They will also lose confidence in your spot and might give you a low rating, so you’re hurting your future demand. Rover app is a community app and relies on the good participation of everyone who uses it.

Rover app Parking
Rover app parking

You can see who has Parked in My Spots. All you need is to scroll left or right in the screen areas indicated by the red box as shown in the image.

Contact support

If you find any issue you can from the main menu, select “Contact Rover”. You can also select “Support” from the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the spot page. You can write to info@roverparking.com or at ​support@roverparking.com Also contact at 251 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON 2nd Floor M5V 1Z4.

Conclusion

This is everything there is to know about the Rover app.

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