the limitations of car share companies. Holly is in GoGet, so I thought I'd share our
First up, "car share" is a misnomer. I'd consider that to be when
you let people jump in the car with you for a journey. I'd class this
service more as a car micro-hire.
It works like this. You pay a monthly subscription ($15 in our
case) and can then hire cars for $6.60/hour plus $0.35/km (higher
monthly subscription means lower hourly rates). Petrol is
When you want a car, you either log onto the web site and book a
nearby car, or you phone up. The phone system is surprisingly useful,
and there's normally someone around if you get in trouble and need to
speak to a human.
Contention on the cars would be the most common question, and to be
honest we've rarely had a problem. Sometimes if you try at the last
minute, you might need to walk a bit further or find another form of
transport. But if you plan ahead, it's no biggie. We booked a car
last week for the four days around Xmas, in a nearby location to our
place. Long weekends can be a bit tricky, though you just have to
book a week or two in advance. It's really in their interest to
ensure there's enough cars. There's also some useful utility vehicles
available: a ute and a Tarago in Erskineville are particularly
handy and cost no more.
The day rates, it should be noted, include 150km of travel
(including petrol!) and if you do the kinds of trips we use it for,
driving somewhere, staying there a few days with only a few short
drives, then returning, you'll find the 150km included in each day
more than covers all the kilometres used in the trip. We find it's
good value, and unlike car rental companies, there's no hidden charges
and you don't have to be alert for all their sneaky damage, insurance
and excess reduction scams.
Now we live in the inner city, which is where most of the cars
reside, so it's particularly good for us. The best thing you can do,
Mary, is find a few more people out in Hornsby and convince them to
promise they'll sign up if GoGet put a pod out that way. They've been
pretty rapid with their expansion, and they're not averse to trialling
a new area.
The problems with licenses are also a problem for us. I'm on my
learner's permit, and basically it seems we're going to have to buy a
car if I want to get enough practise in on my provisional license.
That's a shame. GoGet are pretty responsive to requests for changes,
so perhaps we could propose something like a higher insurance charge
for provisional license holders?
As well as the cost savings, these schemes are great because of the
convenience. Sure, we have to walk a couple of blocks to the car, but
we don't have to book in services, rego, insurance, repairs and all
that. For me, that's the best thing about it -- my life is busy
enough without having to deal with all that!