With the high price of gas, it is easy to see why a number of folks are looking for transportation alternatives. Simply owning a car can be an expensive endeavour when you factor in title, taxes, insurance, maintenance - just the thought of it makes me wallet run & hide.
Affordable, flexible alternatives to traditional car rental companies have been popping up all over the States, as well as overseas. Most of these services are designed to help those that live in the covered areas, but some can be taken advantage of when traveling as well.
is available in the following areas: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco Bay, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington D.C., and Chicago. With 6 different vehicle types and flexible rate options, this company is quite well established. They even offer rental plans for businesses and organizations.
has a number of cities covered as well, including the San Francisco Bay, Minneapolis, Toronto, NYC, Boston, Washington D.C., and Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Insurance is included in your monthly rental fee, they also offer 2 different personal driving plans. You can also save even more money by joining a group or business plan.
+ City CarShare
is only available in the San Francisco Bay area, but they offer a number of the same options that you can get with the above mentioned companies.
+ GoGet CarShare
is the major carshare service in Australia. With over 20 locations in the Sydney and Melbourne areas, finding an available vehicle should be no problem. If there isn't a location near your place, you can register your interest on their website.
has so many locations in the major UK areas, it is hrd to keep track of them all. Registering your interest for a location near you is also available on this site. The London area currently has the most locations, with Brighton and Southampton on the list as well; availability in Bristol & Oxford will soon be added.
These are some of the more well-known services, but companies are popping up in cities all over the US, so search the internet or phone book to see what is available around your home.
Have you ever used a car sharing service? What was your experience like? Know of any good services that we didn't mention? Let us know!