Car is in the shop? Going on vacation? Just plain don’t have a car? That’s not going to be a problem. There are plenty of ways to get where you need to go without having to empty your wallet on daily car rentals or rely on the schedule of public transportation. Below are a couple of really great and reliable companies who will provide cars or ride sharing, both near and far.
Car2Go is great way to snag a car if you need it for only a short period of time. For $14 an hour or $.35 a minute, you can drive your very own smart car, fully charged, that’s also fully insured. All you have to do is reserve a car online or through your phone and locate the nearest car. When you wave your access card over the car sensor, it’ll automatically unlock, and voila! Your very own Smart Car. Best part is that when you’re done, park the car in a parking legal area, and end your trip on your phone. That’s it! That’s a pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.
If anyone ever told me that it could be economical to rent a car by the minute, I would probably have told them they were absolutely crazy, but Car2Go, a subsidiary of Daimler of Germany has proven the concept of car sharing to be a success throughout Europe and many North America cities.
Daimler launched the concept in October 2008 with the first unit based in Germany. Using the two-seater Smart Car the company collects an initial $35, and after that charges apply based on time used. These rates aren’t exact because they can vary by city, but it will give you the general idea.