As we move towards smarter more efficient and green futures people are looking for ways to cut down on the owning of vehicles. This used to fall under the carpooling trend where people would take turns to drive to work or take kids to schools. The cost of petrol and parking were covered in a monthly pool.This has since morphed into actual car sharing where there is only one car rented by a few people who have a sort of timeshare if you will on the vehicle.
The rules, prices and regulations for each depend on the program one goes for.
Before delving into one of these programs it is best to do your homework. Yelp is a good source of consumer information and reviews.
Zipcar has named itself as the world no.1 car sharing platform. This company was bought out by Avis in 2013 and is now one of the company’s subsidiaries.With over one million users worldwide this company is a forerunner in this sector.
Members can reserve a car anywhere in the world this company is represented. It has its presence in nine countries. This makes the concept a lot more convenient and cheaper to hire a car if you are going to one of the five hundred countries in which you can find them.
This car share is owned by motor giant Daimler and has a presence in fifteen major North American cities. Unlike other car shares, this is more a point to point share where you pay up to forty-one cents per minute usage. There is no deposit, car running costs, parking costs or annual fees. The downfall is that you have to take the car at the exact minute you booked it and drop off on time or you get charged early or late fees.
Ten years ago Enterprise car rental branched out into the car-sharing business. It is proving to be a good move for them.
It has tons of energy friend Hybrid cars to attract the new generation of green energy conscious. Enterprise took over Philly-car share absorbing its thirteen-thousand members. Not long after that, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand and then IGO.
Enterprises car share subsidiaries now have a presence on more than one-hundred thirty campuses, has over three-hundred business accounts and a growing number of government contracts.