Car-sharing in the US

Date: 5 OCT 2016posted by Car Rentaledited by WinX

With the newest talk of autonomous vehicles, a recent poll states that 80% of Americans will always want the option of driving on their own. However, living in the metro area of cities, owning a car may seem like more of an inconvenience than a benefit. Being in the dense urban jungle, car owners have to worry about traffic, parking, insurance, car payments, and theft and gas prices. This is why I avoid going down-town myself and carpool at every opportunity. These are some the major reasons why car-sharing services are on the rise. Car sharing is when a car owner lists his vehicle on a service's website or app and rents it out. The service takes a percentage to cover for overhead, insurance and road side assistance. Some car owners are able to make their monthly car payments by just renting out their vehicle a week every month. While car-sharing has taken off in Europe, there are a lot of other transportation alternatives which are all currently trying to compete in the market. Zipcar, owned by Avis, charges a $25 one-time application fee, then membership fees and then actual driving rates causing them to be one of the more expensive options. But every car rental does include gas, insurance and 180 free miles per day. Getaround is the literal model of car-sharing. There are no membership/monthly/annual fees and car rentals start at a flat rate of $5/hr. regardless of region. However this is a community based program and renters cannot make only one way trips. Car2Go is the quickest option. They require no membership and only an app, which will allow renters to reserve a vehicle up to 30 minutes prior. They allow you to take the vehicle and drop it off at any approved Car2Go lot, some of them allows the renter to park anywhere in downtown. With so many options to pick from, it will require a lot before one service dominates the market.

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