Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Share a car

Community car systems are springing up. Sean Holstege wrote about this in the Arizona Republic (June 7, 2010).

Customers pay an annual membership and then an hourly rate to use cars held at convenient lots around town

It costs $5,000-7,000 to own and operate a car for a year.

It costs 50 a year and $8 an hour to share one.

Here in Phoenix, Zipcar operates. It now has 18 vehicles—this is spread out, it's 60 miles from one side of the Valley of the Sun to the other.

You get the car, gas, insurance, roadside assistance and other perks for your fee. Plus 180 miles of travel, after which a fee cuts in.

When you sign up, you get a smart card you wave over the car, unlocking it.

These systems are getting more popular as the Millennials (born after 1982) and elderly drive less, the former because they often live in cities.

Something to think about, anyhow.

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