Turo is a peer to peer car sharing service & one of the largest car sharing services in the United States, allowing anyone to rent a car from car owners in any city, like San Francisco.
Due to the large number of active vehicles listed, Turo rental data offers many data science & business use cases for emerging apps & research based on Turo data analytics. Some car investors are using this data to calculate return on investment, or building dashboards to help investors earn more money. Other apps may aggregate Turo’s data to help customers find the perfect car on Turo, perhaps based on travel plans and can help consumers save money while planning a road trip.
Turo API Data Scraping
In order to power all of these business & analytics uses cases, we’ll need to collect Turo car rentals data. We’ll walk through how to legally do this without the use of web scraping tools, which often violate the Terms of Services for target websites that prohibit automated scraping.
To scrape Turo data with our service, simply go to the Turo Search Page and look for for the book any car in your location search bar. Make sure you see the map on the right (see screenshot below); you may need to widen or refresh your browser. Then follow the instructions above (in the “HAR File Web Scraper” section) to open your browser’s developer tools to begin recording the raw data that Turo’s API will send to your browser as you interact with the website.
To get more data, you’ll want to scroll around the map for Turo to send you more data (make sure you check
Search for cars as I move the map on the Turo Website). You may also need to hit the
Redo search here button on Turo.com while recording your web traffic to properly collect the data - each time this button is pressed, new Turo API car rentals data will load into your browser that the HAR file will capture. Your browser should look like this while you’re recording the data:
Once your done recording, hit the stop button in your browser and hit “Export HAR,” then upload here to our tool and we’ll let you download the raw Turo data. Below is what the HAR file parse screen will show - you want to click on the “Parse Group” button for the group with
Next, you want to look for the
list collection on the parse screen to find the list of cars that you scraped. Click the
Download CSV button and you can save this data as a CSV file and open in Excel: