‘Carpool’ (or ‘carsharing’, if you’re more of the compound type) can cause mental images of teens on their Ps desperately negotiating with their parents for access to the family car on weekends, but the truth is something much more harmonious.
‘Carsharing’ is actually a type of car rental aimed at replacing car ownership, where people rent cars for short periods – usually by the hour or by the day – from car companies. carsharing, and the transaction is carried out via an application.
Carsharing services differ from standard car rental services in several respects, including the fact that booking, pick-up and drop-off are all self-service, meaning that office hours are not an obstacle since you can book at any time. Users need to be pre-approved before they can drive a shared car, of course.
Carpooling should also not be confused with “carpooling”, a type of carpooling where a driver shares a ride with one or more other passengers – sometimes for a fee – so they don’t have to make the same trip. in their own car, thus contributing to traffic congestion and automobile pollution (BlaBlaCar is a popular carpooling service abroad – mainly in Europe – but it is not yet available in Australia).
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Also, an important note if you are traveling: the British call carpooling “carsharing”, and carpooling is known there as “car club” (just to confuse things).
If you’ve ever thought “I’d totally let a stranger drive my car,” then carpooling could be a convenient way to make money with your car rather than leaving it standing, slowly losing value in real time.
The benefits of carsharing include reducing the carbon footprint, having access to a wider range of models and types of vehicles – you can treat yourself to a convertible, or even hire a van, if you’re going through the horror. moving – and anyone who drives less than 10,000 miles a year is likely to find carpooling to be a cheaper option than owning a car (remember that dreaded word, “depreciation? You can say goodbye.” )
Although there were variations on carsharing as early as 1948, modern carsharing appeared in the late 1990s in the United States, but quickly spread to other global markets with dense urban populations. like Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia and Turkey.
It arrived in Australia in the early 2000s, and those looking to carpool in Australia now have a number of services to choose from (although some ridesharing companies that have been suggested to set up in Australia, like Daimler’s Car2Go, do not. never really managed the ground).
1. Go get
Australia’s first carsharing service was launched in the Sydney suburb of Newtown in 2003, and it is now Australia’s largest carsharing network, operating in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Members pay an annual fee ranging from $ 12 to $ 49 as needed, and hourly rates start at $ 6.70 / hr plus $ 0.40 / km (daily rates start at $ 76 and include 150 km free of charge ).
Renamed Hertz 24/7 in 2016, Flexicar is present in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart. Flexicar guarantees that its fleet vehicles are less than three years old, and members can either book cars by the hour starting at $ 8.50 / hr, and non-professional users pay an annual fee of $ 49 ( $ 35 for students), although the annual fee is returned as a driving credit.
Popcar (not “pop car”) is one of the smaller carsharing services, with around 180 cars available in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Byron Bay. Subscriptions and fees start at $ 19.90 per month plus a $ 10 membership fee for rates of $ 5.50 / hr plus $ 0.40 / km (or $ 59 / day with 200 km included) , with no monthly fees, membership fees of $ 25 and rates of $ 9.90 / hr plus $ 0.40 / km (or $ 80 / day with 200km included).
Founded in Boston in 2010 under the name RelayRides, Turo promotes itself as “the world’s largest carsharing market” and is a person-to-person carsharing company that connects private owners wishing to rent their cars (from 2020, Turo has 14 million members and 450,000 listed vehicles, operating in 56 countries). Prices start at $ 25 per day, and customers can get a full refund if they cancel up to 24 hours before their trip begins.
5. Car next door
Functioning as a kind of Airbnb for cars, Car Next Door is a private car sharing service that currently operates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast, Hobart, Canberra and Perth. There is no membership fee, and once you’re approved, you’ll have access to 1,300 cars across Australia, which you can book by the hour or by the day. Rates start from $ 5 / hr or $ 25 / day, with a booking fee of $ 6.99 and a distance charge of $ 0.21 / km.